Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

My goal during Pride Month is to consume black queer literature, and this was the first book I picked up. I had heard of Audre Lorde before I read this book, but I wasn’t familiar with her work and I didn’t know that she was gay. Before Zami, I don’t think I’d read any books by black queer authors that were specifically about being black … Continue reading Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Heart & Hustle by Patricia Bright

To be honest, I was a little skeptical about reading this book. I don’t really know how I feel about social media influencers getting book deals *solely* for being popular on the Internet and not necessarily because they have a great story to share. That being said, I love Patricia Bright. She was one of the first YouTubers that I started following back in college … Continue reading Heart & Hustle by Patricia Bright

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I’ve heard of this book no less than one million times. I’ve seen it, heard about the title, heard people talk about it, and I’ve known about it for a long time. Why am I only reading it just now? Who knows. But if you’re sitting at home eating hella carbs and feeling like a small pig and you want to feel like you’ve been … Continue reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

I don’t remember how I discovered who Luvvie is, but I bought this book solely because she promotes it so much and I was curious. For someone who isn’t a comedian, I think Luvvie is hilarious. She’s very smart, she’s a great interviewer (I would definitely recommend her podcast Rants and Randomness), and her Instagram highlight of her reacting to Love Is Blind is one … Continue reading I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

In case you didn’t know, I host a podcast called Purple Diary that highlights people I enjoy and who offer insights on topics I find interesting. At the end of every episode, I ask my guests to give me (and my listeners) a book recommendation. This is the second book I’ve read based on a podcast guest recommendation, and it came from my very brilliant … Continue reading Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

I honestly  don’t remember what made me want to buy this book, but I’m glad I picked it up. I was in the mood to read a memoir, and this one just jumped out at me. I love Gabrielle Union. She’s beautiful and funny, and she seems like a normal person. The first thing I remember seeing her in (though I know I’d seen her … Continue reading We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union