Daughter of a Librarian and “wannabe” intellectual that I am, there are always a myriad of books on my list to read during the summer. In my opinion, Summer time is the perfect season to kick back and expand your perspective by reading great books. Here is a peek into what’s on my Summer 2014 reading list.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah is a story of love, life, and cultural relations as it follows Nigerian blogger and academic, Ifemelu. Reviews on this book have been done to death in the blogosphere, so I wont give you any of that, but I will say that reading Americanah was an unforgettable experience for me. I actually read it last summer and recently started re-reading it for a reading circle. I had never read a book from the perspective of an African woman living my experience. I could connect with so many of the characters and see the scenes as if they were scenes from a movie illustrating the lives of me and so many woman I know, All in all, it’s a great read and I have been encouraging everyone I know to read it.
Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry
By no means am I vegan, but foodie, food justice advocate, and nutrition enthusiast are all things I call myself. All of those things in addition to being a proud Liberian American, made Chef Bryant Terry’s book, Afro Vegan right up my alley. Afro-Vegan is a recipe book that reads like an engaging non-fiction history book. It shares an infusion of vegan African, Caribbean, and Southern recipes that are vegan. Terry presents a great narrative about food in the history of the Diaspora, and I adore that he gives readers a dose of culture by providing a song and/or book recommendation for every recipe. My favorite part of the book thus far are the first two chapters, which are dedicated to recipes for making your own spices and sauces. Plus the recipes look so tasty that even non-vegans will enjoy them. I’m looking forward to testing out many of the recipes during cookouts and parties this summer.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amorusa
This summer I’m apart of the tribe of young women around the country who are reading Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amorusa’s new book, #GIRLBOSS. There’s been a lot of hype around #GIRLBOSS for months and I was very excited to pick it because I wanted some inspiring and empowering words post graduation. Although it can come of a little cheesy at times, its been one of my favorite reads of the year because Amorusa has had a fascinating experience finding her way in this world and she does a good jobat telling her story. The book tells the tale of how she came to start and sustain her online clothing store, Nasty Gal. Early on she states that this book isn’t meant to be a memoir or a self-help book, but it definitely comes off as such. And that’s not a bad thing. The format of #GIRLBOSS makes it an easy read that still offers substance to readers. All in all it’s fashionable, empowering, and inspiring and I have been enjoying reading it.