Yes, people still read actual books. As much as I love social media and how far we’ve come with technology, please let me be the one to say that there is nothing more gratifying then curling up with a good book and getting lost in the pages for hours. Working in higher-education and being a graduate student, reading is not only fundamental but a requirement of both. That’s why I always look forward to winter break and of course, the summer season to start flipping pages and getting my life! So for today’s post, I thought I’d share 3 books that have made it to my summer reading list and should make it to yours too.
You Are a BadAss by Jen Sincero
Funny enough, I came across this book during a lay-over in Florida on my way to Haiti back in April. My eyes caught the The bright yellow cover and for lack of being crass, the word Ass definitely caught my attention while standing on line to buy the airport necessities (popcorn, gum and water). I’ve read reviews on how eye-opening and motivating it is. I’ve never thought myself as being one of those people who read motivation books, but I’ll keep you guys posted.
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao– Junot Diaz
Before every trip, I head to Barnes and Nobles and head straight to the Best Sellers table and peruse the many offerings. I was intrigued by this book as I’ve read such great things about the author, Junot Diaz. This book actually won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize award and has high reviews, not to mention I am partial to Hispanic and african American authors. This book is about an overweight “ghetto nerd” on a journey of finding love and losing his virginity while escaping his family’s curse which traveled from Dominican Republic to New Jersey. Random, right? Lol, I’ll keep you guys posted on my thoughts once Im done reading it. But so far, so good.
Smart Women Finish Rich– David Bach
Lastly, this book. It’s not a novel but more a financial how-to of sorts. This book saved my financial life when i became a single mother. Coming from a two income household to one, and having all expenses solely on my shoulders: private school for my daughter, violin and karate lessons not to mention my own college loans. I was in the red and had hopes of one day buying my own home, which in NYC is nearly impossible. Well after meeting with a financial advisor during a free workshop, she recommended this book and it was a HUGE help. It put so much things in perspective for me and allowed me to save money, fix my credit and become knowledgeable ofI money markets, mutual funds and investing. The best part about it is, its written in langue someone without a business or economics degree can understand. So, whether you want to get you credit in check or just learn, I highly highly recommend this book!! P.S. He has an updated version that will be released in September.
What are some books on your summer reading list?