When is the last time you’ve read? I’m not talking about text messages, direct messages (DMs), captions or even emails. What I’m referring to is book reading. Let’s talk! When was the last time you were intrigued by the front cover of a book then found yourself fully engaged in the story? There’s a famous quote that paints black people in bad light when it comes to reading.
“If you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book” — anonymous.
I don’t agree with the sentiments of the quote and want to encourage us to dispel this myth and stereotype as a community. So here are five book recommendations that you may want to add to your list:
“Dear Woman” by Michael Reid
This is said to be a book of poetry and short stories. It’s not easy being a woman of color and even harder unapologetically walking into your passion. This book will provide encouragement, inspiration, and motivation to anyone who is looking to dominate the day!
Excerpt: “This book comes with an obligation – An obligation to not only be a better woman, but also to build better women around you. Do not take this duty lightly. One day, your daughter will need friends. Someday, your son will need a wife.”
2. “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel
As many business owners, I’m constantly searching for ways to make my business better. “Zero to One” is a book intended to help the reader create new things and go from “Zero to One”.
Excerpt: “Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them”.
3. “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It” by Charlamagne Tha God
I listen to The Breakfast Club religiously, and I’ve learned that Charlamagne is a man of many words. Charlamagne, is a man with a strong personality, and with him behind the pen of this book, it makes me so anxious to see what lies between the covers of this book. If the title alone isn’t captivating enough for you, then knowing that he is the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off” may provoke your interest.
Excerpt: “I really hate when publicists and label reps ask me not to do my job. I’m here for the listeners, not the artists, and certainly not the labels. If there’s something I feel listeners would want me to bring up, then that’s what I’m going to do. Here’s a little Radio 101: listener benefit trumps everything else”.
4. “The 48 Laws of Power “ by Robert Greene
I want to read this in hopes that I can attain and achieve more in life and I feel that this book will serve as a guide for me.
Excerpt: “You cannot repress anger of love, or avoid feeling them, and you should not try. But you should be careful about how you express them, and most important, they should never influence your plans and strategies in any way”.
5. “Autobiography of Gucci Mane” by Gucci Mane with Neil Martinez-Belkin
This one is last but certainly not least! It’s probably the first book that I’ll read from this list. What is it about Gucci Mane that had fans dressing up in their flyest all-white attire and post their selfies to social media? I’m interested in learning more about “Gu Wop” and his transformation in this memoir.
Excerpt: “When I did come home I’d have to start moving a different way. I was getting another chance but this was the last one. They were making an example out of me this time. Next time they were throwing away the key. No room to make the same mistakes”.
Now that I’ve shared my list, what books are you dying to read?