Looking for a summer read? The pandemic might have slowed down most industries, but it hasn’t gotten in the way of amazing books being launched. The following books are our recommended summer reads by amazing Black women.
Professional Troublemaker (Luvvie Ajayi Jones)
Are you trying to achieve your goals, but you need to overcome your fears first? Professional Troublemaker is the book for you. Luvvie Ajayi Jones is funny, direct, and finds it easy to motivate almost anyone to pursue their dreams.
Ayayi Jones has twice become a New York bestselling author. She also has a podcast, is a keynote speaker, is a certified sneaker aficionado, and is now a witty “Professional Troublemaker” who does not hold back. Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual is an essential read if you’re trying to do better.
We Should All Be Millionaires (Rachel Rodgers)
This is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. The author, Rachel Rodgers, hopes to change how women think about money and how they can earn it.
She is a CEO, wife, business coach, mother, and intellectual property lawyer. She is also the founder of Hello Seven, which helps women to scale their businesses and to increase their earnings to seven figures without doing so at the expense of their families.
The book currently has a 4.9/5 rating on Amazon, and a 4.57/5 rating on Goodreads.
Get Good Money (Tiffany Aliche)
Everyone can benefit from managing their finances better. In Get Good Money, which is a bestseller in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, the author shares 10 steps to help improve readers’ finances.
Tiffany Aliche was initially a pre-school teacher with healthy savings when the recession hit and she got advice from a shady advisor that eventually led to her being unemployed. She literally had to start her life again from scratch. As she did, the outline of her 10-step formula started to take shape.
These principles have helped over a million readers around the world to pay off their debt and start to plan for a richer life.
What Would Frida Do? (Arianna Davis)
Arianna Davis is Oprah Daily’s Senior Director in charge of strategy and editorial. She recently chose to write a motivating biography on the legendary Frida Kahlo.
Frida was a Mexican artist who was famous for her stunning self-portraits, catchy quotes, and her unibrow.
Frida was also a feminist; a woman way ahead of her time who endured a great many hardships because of her resolve and beliefs.
In What Would Frida Do, the author helps the reader to find a connection with Frida and the way she lived. The book is educational, inspiring, and immensely self-reflective.
Wings of Ebony (J. Elle)
Wings of Ebony is a New York Times bestselling fantasy novel. If you’re looking for an escape from reality, this powerful debut novel hits the spot.
It tells the story of a Black teenager from Houston, whose world is flipped upside down when she discovers that she had a godly ancestry.
She is the only demigod in her world and has to save both the human and god worlds.
Bamboozled by Jesus (Yvonne Orji)
Yvonne Orji is a stand-up comedian and actress who played Molly in Issa Rae’s Insecure. In Bamboozled by Jesus, she deftly balances humor, bible study, and her own life experiences.
She believes that God is actually a prankster because he tricked her into living her wildest dreams. In the book, she shares pointers like why the way up is really sometimes down, and how fear is the same thing as food poisoning.