When I was a little girl, I got teased a lot because my head was constantly in a book. What can I say, I absolutely loved reading. Library time at school was my favorite time, because I loved being able to go and pick out my next book adventure. I was caught up with the different characters, their lives, their stories, drama and the adventures they seemed to take so effortlessly. Adventures that a little girl such as myself at the time could only imagine of taking. Most of the times I would pretend that I was the character in the book and that their lives were my adventure. Reading to me was not only liberating, fanciful and/or magical but it had become my way of escaping the world that I had come to know.
My step-dad was an abuser and for what seemed like every other day, he would get drunk and start an argument with my mom for no apparent rhyme or reason and the next thing you know, the fighting would start, sometimes to the point of blood-shed. As a child you really don’t know how to comprehend such matters and I was too small to do anything. The only thing I knew is that I wanted it to STOP! We had a big shelf that my step-dad had built, at the bottom was an open space in which he would put books for us to read. At the time he worked for the Housing Authority within the projects in which we lived, he would find all types of toys and books left behind by other families and bring them home to us. Him finding a book was my favorite gift, outside of the skates he found in which is how I learned to skate. Soon that bottom shelf was filled with all types of books big and small, hard and easy readers. After while, I had come to read them all and soon moved to the dictionary…Lol.
Books in all their glory can be a healer, motivator, a good partner when you need a laugh, an educator and a helper in your time of despair. I really feel as if we don’t give books enough credit for their due diligence to our world. Because I love books so much, I wanted to share with you the books I’m currently reading and give you a couple of links of books that you or your children could pick up – the next time you’re at the library or you just may decide to order it. So, here are my picks and reads for Summer 2017.
Books I’m currently Reading
How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
This book has really opened my mind to how our thinking can halt our success and it’s not just a money thing but how our mindset towards certain things can alter us from moving forward into the successful life that we so desire. As John Maxwell states “Change your thinking, Change Your Life”
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
A co-worker let me borrow this book about 2 years ago and I never picked it up to read it (sad to say), but I recently picked it up to read. Can someone say A-MAZING?. Tuesdays with Morrie is a true story about Mitch Albom whom recently reunited with his old college professor whom he adored. The two haven’t seen each other since Albom graduated college. Albom just happened to be watching a show on T.V. one night and there his professor was, discussing his demise and his feelings about death. The two re-unite as Morrie has one final class to teach before he dies and that’s to his former student Mitch Albom.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
A really good friend and confidante bought and sent this this book to me. Being a girl that has not been that good with saving or having money in my pocket for more than an hour (and that’s after I got paid); I didn’t know how I would react to this book. But as I’ve gotten older my mindset towards money began to change and I started to see and think differently about things, especially my finances such as “Will I have money to retire?”, “How much money can I really save without touching it” and etc. Within it’s short time, this book has helped me tremendously, I’ve managed to hold on to $20.00 for over a week and on payday, which is money from my last pay period. That’s been a miracle for me, trust and believe. Dave Ramsey‘s TMM book is also filled with testimonials of people who took the challenge and have gotten out of loads of debt. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re single, married or helpless when it comes to saving money, this book is not only an easy read but packed with information to help even the lowest income achieve your dreams of having more.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley
I would encourage you, if you haven’t seen this movie then you really should. Although the movie is chronicling the lives of three African-American women mathematicians, their struggles in a male dominant workforce as well as challenges regarding racism, intelligence and being the first women to help astronauts complete their mission. It’s a story about GIRL POWER! and shows that women of all colors, races and backgrounds can achieve ANYTHING! of course the book goes deeper than the movie as all books do but it’s a sure read that will warm your heart as well as your spirit.
Yes, to answer your question – If you’re thinking it. I really am reading ALL 4, lol. I go back and forward with each, depending on the day and how I’m feeling. But I would have to say “Tuesdays with Morrie” has taken a little precedence over the others and once you read it, you’ll see why.
What Books should you be reading?
Well, to end this post and keep your attention span. I decided to just post links to the books in which I feel you should check out; from the diverse, to the beaches, to the kids; each link provides books for everyone to enjoy! Check them out, put’em on your list or shelf and let’s get lost in a book!
- For the latest beach reads, summer go-to’s, political, history, fiction reads and more Go Here: 37 Books We’ve Loved So Far in 2017
- If you like diverse reads from diverse authors, then you might want to check out Charnaie over at Here Wee Read
- And we can’t forget about the kids, You’re sure to find something within their age group or grade over at Barnes & Nobles
HAPPY SUMMER, FALL & WINTER READING!!
Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager
Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud & Love Hard!
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