Whether you’re still riding high on new year’s resolutions or you’re already counting down to the 2020 New Year New You, sometimes some proper motivation and positive messaging are just what the doctor ordered to keep us focused and ready to tackle each day. At a time in which we seem to be so focused on the superficiality of the past (if I see another #10yearchallenge I may quit Instagram altogether), it is so much more inspiring to look forward to the road ahead, share our journeys with each other and fight collectively for a brighter tomorrow.
Here are some books that we here at ATPB have added to our “must read” list to help us navigate 2019 together.
Tamu McPherson, Chief Lover
The Master Key System by Charles F. Hannel
My friend Simon Alcantara sent me this affirmation one day: “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” After receiving this affirmation, which came from the Master Key, I was inspired by this expression of self-compassion and ordered the book immediately.
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Einstein
After listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, the author recounts humans feeling lonely because we are no longer connecting how we used to, and we are deeply in need of connection. Right away, I felt the urge to call all my friends over the holidays to strengthen my connections. The message resonated because the more digital our lives become the less real connections actually matter.
Anja Tyson, Special Projects Editor
Woman of Color by LaTonya Yvette
LaTonya is a dear friend of mine and I am super honored to be featured in this book. She writes so beautifully about motherhood, womanhood, personal style and life in Brooklyn.
How to Fail by Elizabeth Day
Day has a podcast that I love (on the occasions I actually have time to listen to podcasts), where she interviews different guests about their experiences with failure of all forms – personal, professional, emotional – and honestly it’s cathartic. Looking forward to this book!
You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian
I love a short story, and this collection is one of the most hyped releases of the year, largely due to the accolades around author’s previous work, a short story called Cat Person that was released in 2017.
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
A fictional story of a young boy in slavery-era Barbados, this book was one of the most celebrated books of 2018. I have been meaning to read it for months and am so excited to finally dig into Edugyan’s nuanced and emotional storytelling.
Debra Brown, News Editor
I immediately added “Tidying Up With Marie Kondō “ to my Netflix queue when I saw it as a suggestion. I feel like I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the past three years so I could really use some advice for decluttering and organization. I binged season one pretty quickly and now I’m looking forward to reading the book and then determining what things I own “spark joy”.
Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France
Another Netflix show I’m obsessed with is Netflix’s reboot of “Queer Eye”. I’m looking forward to reading the memoir of Tan France, fashion designer and fashion expert on the show, that details his coming of age journey and his experiences growing up as one of the few people of color in his town, as a gay man in a traditional Muslim family.
The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey
I constantly turn to Oprah’s “Super Soul” podcast and her book “What I Know For Sure”, for moments of clarity and peace. I’m hoping her new book will do the same.
The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kristy Greenwood
I was recently introduced to Kristy Greenwood’s books by my sister, who, like me, was feeling the absence of romantic comedies in Hollywood. We as a society are now seeing that a lot of the old narratives of rom-coms are problematic and unrealistic. This presents writers with an opportunity to breathe new life into the genre and Kristy Greenwood has done that. Greenwood’s books are romantic comedy perfection, hilarious and heart-warming. Her characters are mid twenty-something women finding their passions, healing and taking agency over their lives. So far, I’ve enjoyed reading two of her three books so I’m really looking forward to reading this and waiting patiently for the next one.
Roki Prunali, Wellness and Beauty Editor
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
This woman has had a powerful position and influence on the law, and especially in women’s rights. In a time when gender equality is buzzing, stepping up and telling her impactful story gives me a glimmer of hope. A compelling message from an influential woman always succeeds in lifting my spirits.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book may be fiction, but the story is one we have unfortunately witnessed time and time again with no avail of a change in the system that we depend on to serve and protect our country.
Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver
In a moment of exploring spirituality – technically I am Catholic, but my spirituality goes so much deeper than that – one thing I do believe is there is a certain Divine in our lives. I cannot quite explain who, what or where it is, but I believe it exists. This book offers enlightening spiritual lessons and by letting the Divine lead the way, we can let go of the worrying, feeling alone or sacredness of being safe. We tend to search for the answers, but being open may lead us there without searching.
Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
Westover’s book is an act of defiance to the life that was laid out for her by her parents. Born in a small mountain town in Idaho and never meant to amount to much, her intention was to get the hell out of there. Education was of no importance in her household, and yet Westover somehow managed to get into Cambridge. I may not be able to literally relate to the story, but the moral of shrugging off expectations in the name of what feels right is something I can definitely get behind.