If you need some ideas on what books to grab this summer for your pool side reads and long days at the beach, we got you! It’s cool and convenient to browse online all day for stories, but avid book readers know it’s nothing like turning the pages to a good book!

Here are 10 books ranging in topics from poetry, fiction, entrepreneurship, politics, and life that we suggest you add on to your “read” list for Summer ’17.

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock 

One of “the most influential people on the Internet” (Time) and world-renowned trans activist, pens an inspiring memoir about her search for love, purpose, and self-realization during her twenties, in this narrative touchstone that will influence an entire generation. Grab it here

I’m Judging You. “The Do Better Manual” by Luvvie Ajayi

In her first full length book, internet mogul Luvvie Ajayi analyzes toxic relationships, sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression. Get in on Amazon

Charlamagne the God: Black Privilege

In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. He shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths. Read It

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything.August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them. Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative period when a child meets adulthood—when precious innocence meets the all-too-real perils of growing up. Get a Copy

“1984” by George Orwell

Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party. He works in the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth, rewriting and distorting history. To escape Big Brother‘s tyranny, at least inside his own mind, Winston begins a diary — an act punishable by death. Winston is determined to remain human under inhuman circumstances. Yet telescreens are placed everywhere — in his home, in his cubicle at work, in the cafeteria where he eats, even in the bathroom stalls. His every move is watched. No place is safe. Hmmm. Sound familiar?? Read More

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

What if everything we think we know about how the world works— our ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness and love — are based on Brules (bullsh*t rules) that get passed from generation to generation and are long past their expiration date?

This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest non-conformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack and create new rules for YOUR life so you can define success on your own terms. Get the code

Policing the Black Man by Angela Davis

Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing.  Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. Educate yourself

The Misadventures of the Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert–whether she’s navigating love, work, friendships, or rapping– it sure is entertaining. Now, in this debut collection of essays written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself –natural hair and all. Read an adventure

Spilled Words: The Krimson Kiss Word Collection by Cici. B

Her trademark wittiness seamlessly blends with a familiar approach yet entirely new format to her writing. It is a story unlike any other in that it is made up entirely of quotes, but still somehow paints a beautiful and complete picture. Spill the words

Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life by Sophia A. Nelson

Every woman lives by a code, whether she realizes it or not. It informs how she treats others and herself, how much she expects of herself, and how far she is willing to go in order to find success. But is the code we’re living by truly helping us create the lives of purpose and fulfillment we desire? Or are we sacrificing the deeper things for mere achievement? In this inspiring book, Sophia A. Nelson calls women to live out a powerful life code that. Unlock your life

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