My 2018 Book List

Hey Babe!

In 2017 I didn’t read not one book. Yes, you read that correctly. Once 2017 ended I was completely embarrassed and knew that I couldn’t end 2018 the same way. So I set a goal to read 12 books in 12 months last year. Good news is, I fell in love with reading. Bad news is, I didn’t quite meet my goal. Can you believe that I got all the way to number 11 but with holidays and life I couldn’t squeeze another one out?! However, I was able to read some amazing books and then not so amazing. So I’m sharing the 11 books that I read last year and recommending the ones that I love and also sharing the ones that don’t think you should read. Your girl just wants to help you out.

The books are in order of how I read them…

The books are in order of how I read them…

  1. Soar by TD Jakes

    It took me a couple of times to complete Soar but once I started it at the beginning of 2018 I knew I had to finish it. I wasn’t quite connected to it at the beginning but as the chapters continued I became very intrigued. I love TD Jakes’ multiple analogies that he gave especially with flying a airplane. Once I completed the book I was motivated and eager to go after my dreams and more. RECOMMENDED

  2. Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio

    If you’re needing to face any fears this book is for you. RECOMMEND

  3. The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

    It’s always nice to hear someone who has star power discuss their downfalls and insecurities. Many reasons why I loved this book because Ms. Rhimes becomes so relatable. She becomes a “regular” person. As a result it has encouraged me/ pushed me to just “Yes”. RECOMMEND

  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    The Alchemist is a book that everyone has read or will read in their lifetime. Therefore, since I was on this journey of reading more I thought I would go ahead and get this out of the way. There were many times I felt lost reading it but eventually caught on. RECOMMEND

  5. I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

    Funny. But not my favorite. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was I just wasn’t able to connect. DO NOT RECOMMEND

  6. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

    Out of the 11 books I read in 2018 this was my FAVORITE book. I remember picking this book up and not leaving my sofa until I was done with it. I think it took me less than 24 hours to read. This electrifying novel will have you feel every emotion that was ever created. From beginning to the end I couldn’t get enough. I really hope that Ms. Tayari writes a sequel. The people need more!! RECOMMEND

  7. Alter Ego by Craig Groeschel 

    If you’re needing a reminder in your Christian walk Alter Ego is great book to read. RECOMMEND

  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    My thoughts for The Hate U Give are very similar to An American Marriage. Emotions will be all over the place with this one. The ending is predictable but still very good. Special thanks to my cousin who met the author, Angie Thomas and got a signed copy for me!! RECOMMEND

  9. Don’t Settle For Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts 

    Ok, who doesn’t love Sarah?! She is so down to earth. Funny. Real. Beautiful and much more. But I can’t believe I am about to say this but… I strongly disliked this book. It took me nearly 2 months to finish. Not because it was a long read but because I kept putting it down. Picking it up. Putting it down and picking it up. It couldn’t keep my attention. I honestly think it was just too cliche. DO NOT RECOMMEND

  10. The Power of Who by Bob Beaudine

    Two years ago I read this book and it changed the way that I thought about my circle of friends and how I went about tackling life. As a result I thought it would be great to re-read it. I honestly think this will be a book that I read every year. RECOMMEND

  11. Becoming by Michelle Obama 

    Becoming was a very loooooooong book. Very loooong. But once you complete it you’ll understand that every word and chapter was needed. The way that Former First Lady Michelle Obama writes makes you feel like you are right there with her and makes you love her even more. My Husband always jokes with me because the way that I speak about her now is as if we’re besties. RECOMMEND


I’m currently reading “Rising Strong: How The Ability To Reset Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene’ Brown. Thought I start the year off with a self help book. Now, because I didn’t meet my goal last year I’m tackling it again this year. 12 books in 12 months. Who’s with me?! Comment down below and share some books that you’ve read/ recommend. I can’t wait to hear!!