Many people might believe summer to be the season of leisurely reading, but I’m of the opinion that literary consumption is a year-round activity. As the leaves change colour and the weather cools down, could anything really be better that curling up in bed with a good book? Below are the 4 books must-read books that I’ll be burying into this Fall.
4 Must-Read Books this Fall
Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling
I am a big fan of Mindy Kaling. I love the fact that she’s smart, insightful, funny and seemingly fearless. But most of all I like that she’s not white. It’s not often that the Hollywood powers that be allow us to have a successful, non-white women. Successful? Occasionally. A Woman? From time to time. Not white?! Almost never. In her second book, Mindy seems to speak to just that. Why Not Me?, shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behaviour modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. The book is set to release September 15 so get on Amazon to pre-order today.
by Sophia Amoruso
I’m probably the last female on earth who hasn’t read #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while but just haven’t gotten around to it. This Fall, it’s a must though. I know many of us aspiring entrepreneurs look up to Sophia and her journey to becoming CEO of Nasty Gal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls, frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #Girlboss promises to cover a lot of ground. As Sophia writes, a #Girlboss takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. With advice like that, it’s a wonder why I still haven’t cracked it open yet.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
by Issa Rae
Whenever we go to the Starbucks, I always see this this book starring at me from the corner of my eye. Once I even went so far as to pick it up and read the back cover. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool. Written in the author’s witty and self-deprecating voice, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl covers everything from cybersexing to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, and from navigating the perils of eating out alone to public displays of affection. A reflection on Issa Rae’s own experiences as a cyber pioneer, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is officially front and centre on my Fall reading wishlist.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Before this book, I never heard of Henrietta Lacks. In fact before this, you probably never heard of her either. But it turns out Henrietta Lacks made one of the most important medical contributions of all time. The problem is, she did it without knowing it. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal form of cervical cancer. But as she lay dying, doctors at Johns Hopkins harvested cells from her cervix without her permission and distributed them to labs around the globe, where they were multiplied and used for a diverse array of treatments. Those cells consequently led to groundbreaking medical discoveries like the polio vaccine and in vitro fertilization, but Henrietta and her family never saw a cent of the billion dollar profits. Equal parts intimate biography and brutal clinical reportage, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks navigates the wrenching Lack family recollections and the sobering, overarching realities of poverty and pre–civil-rights racism. The book strikes a balance between sociological history and petri dish politics.
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