10 Books You Should Be Reading in 2018

10 Books You Should Be Reading in 2018

By: Timoshanae V. Wellmaker (@goldgoldgirl)


Reading is so essential to our growth. As a young black woman, it is important to constantly read. Whether as an escape, freedom or to grow, make sure you add the books below to your 2018 reading list.

This list includes books designed to uplift, motivate and remind the black woman just how amazing she is (i.e. YOU ARE). Make a promise to yourself this year to dive into a book, get lost and if you learn anything from it, share it.

FerVent by Priscilla Shirer

Words barely do this one justice. Shirer has a clear purpose throughout every page of this book and it’s all about your prayer life. This isn’t a simple page turner, so get your highlighters, pencils, and pens ready to go to work with this one.

Assata by Assata Shakur

There are so many reasons you should read Assata, but one of the most significant ones is to remind yourself of the strength that black women can hold. Practically every page of this book offers you a lesson- whether in the form of what was said or what was not. In her autobiography, Assata Shakur is extremely honest and real. This is a story you’ll want to share.

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Don’t let the vulgarity back you away from this one. As Sincero puts it, “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.” This book will help make sure your 2018 is about making boss moves.

Mama by Terry McMillan

If you hadn’t heard before now, McMillan is one of the best authors out there. While she has written many books since this one, Mama is (possibly) one of her best. It is entertaining and emotional, as the characters are fictional, but seemingly so real.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Kaur allows readers into complete honesty and realness in Milk and Honey. There’s nothing fabricated here, it’s the truth- sometimes seems too heavy for one person to carry. Kaur’s openness throughout this pushes will push you to discover the strength in your own vulnerability.

Black Genius by Various Authors

This is one not only for your bookshelf but your mother and grandmothers too. Black Genius explores how we can improve the black community, honing in on some of the big issues like health and education. In this one, you’ll hear from voices such as Bell Hooks, Angela Davis, and Spike Lee. 

Salvation: Black People and Love by Bell Hooks

Hooks offers the chance to explore love – specifically, black love – to its core. She confronts what we as black people have far too often been fed when it comes to love. Simultaneously she addresses the lack of what we’ve been given and then offers a new way of love. The book is beautiful and at the same time faces love in our communities, lives, and relationships head-on.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Who doesn’t love Shonda Rhimes, right? In this book, Rhimes offers her own story, the “Rhimes way”. She is funny, conversational and real throughout the book. If you need a little bit of motivation but prefer to stay away from self-help manuals, this is for you. 

Neon Soul by Alexandra Elle

If you don’t know Alex Elle it’s time you get to know her. In Neon Soul, Elle will lead you through a series of poems that offer a balance of struggle, resilience, and self-care.

Gentlewoman by Enitan Bereola II

This book holds so much beauty, realness, and weight. More than anything is offers time for women to reflect on themselves- who they are, who they want to be, what they are getting in a relationship and what they should be getting in a relationship. Each time you read this book you will be sure to walk away with even more than the last time.