Books to Launch Your 2017

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“New year, New you” is mocked these days on social media because often times we don’t maintain our resolutions.  Still, I am a believer in the power of goal setting.  Few things motivate me more than dreaming, planning, and mapping out my accomplishments this time of year.  True I didn’t accomplish everything in 2016, I certainly feel the growth and difference a year can make.  Often what I read says a lot about me and my focus.  Here I share with you books I’ve read or will read to improve my health (mental and physical), finances, professional ambitions, productivity and more.   (more…)

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112 Books: The Top 12

One of the most frequently asked questions of me is “What has been the best book you’ve read this year?”  I have had a hard time answering the question as I’ve read so many fantastic books.  (My list was sensational!) Narrowing down 112 books to 12 was hard.  Allow the disclaimer that I could give you another 12 beyond this list.  That being said, here at my top 12 books I’ve read in 2016: (more…)

It’s Official: 112 Books

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Excited to share that I’ve completed the reading of my 112th book this year! *throws glitter*  I’ve been an avid reader since a child and I decided to stretch myself on my 38th birthday (1/12/16) to read 112 books before my next birthday and I’m done nice and early!  Y’all: I’ve read almost 30 THOUSAND pages in 2016. That’s a lot of words lol!  For my 112th read I picked another book written by a book lover and avid reader.  I’ve enjoyed reading about reading. Funny how this writer relates books to his life. I’ve gone through so many highs and lows this year and reading through it all has been the best birthday gift I could have ever given myself.  I am happy to have completed the challenge. So happy!  But I am not done reading, never done reading or learning.  I have also always been a writer and I feel this light to write burning inside of me. I can’t wait to share more with you about what I’ve learned from doing this 112 Books challenge.  Thank you for starting this journey with me! 

-J

Reading about Reading

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Only a matter of time I would read books about reading books LOL! I came across this booking a bookshop here in Washington, DC called Politics and Prose.  Turns out the author writes reviews for the Washington Post, amongst other things.  I found Michael Dirda’s Browsings witty, relatable and a good reference for books I will read in the future.
-J

Book 100: Ego is the Enemy

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Well guys its official.  I have read 100 books this year.  I only have 12 books to read between now and my birthday on January 12, 2017.  I didn’t know when I selected Ego is the Enemy to be my 100th read that I would get so much perspective about this journey of reading and blogging about reading 112 Books.

Many things stood out to me about this book but one that really struck me was the section under Aspire. This section called out a lot of things for me such as talking about what you are going to do versus doing it first then sharing if you must.  I think I am pretty action oriented, but something hit me like a ton of bricks after reading the Aspire section:  (more…)

Taraji P Henson

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I have always been a fan of Taraji P Henson and her work.  I am glad to see her getting the recognition and success that I think she deserves.  She’s been hustling and putting in the work.  She highlights the tough background that she came from being born and raised in Washington, DC.  Just miles from where I grew up in Maryland, but different worlds away.  I admire her integrity and perspective on making it in her field.  The odds were stacked against her for sure but look at her now.  I love reading memoirs because they are a good reminder that things never come easy…you have to work for it.
-J

Currently Reading

For obvious reasons, I picked up this book.  It was quite witty.  Phoebe Robinson dishes on all this social, political, cultural, and pop culture.  I don’t agree with all of her opinions ( I am Team Mr. Big), but on most serious issues, I hear her loud and clear.  I will add her podcast “Two Dope Queens” into my rotation.
-J

Currently Reading

I’m sure you recall the long and nasty election season of 2016.  Yeah the one in which Donald Trump shocked the world and got elected President of the United States.   I immediately wanted to understand who in the world would vote for such a man.  Living in diverse, affluent Arlington, VA I thought we represented the rest of America.  Man was I wrong.  So I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble and learned about people truly suffering in the industrial industry, coal industry, with VA affairs, etc.  I also learned about what I suspected: racists and mysogynists making excuses about why they are or in total denial that they are.  Still quite eye opening about the America that I actually live in versus the progressive one I imagined in my head.
-J

Currently Reading

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In business there is so much of a “What’s in it for me”climate.  I work at a place that often humbles you and reminds you that not only is this so much bigger than you, but that this is not about you at all girl!  😂. This was an excellent story about a business man wanting to meet his monthly quota and going about it all the wrong way.  I wish I read this much earlier in my career.  Being in the game for 15 years, I had to learn some of these lessons the hard way.  There is power in giving.
-J