EP 117: 12 Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2022


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Welcome back friends. I am so, so happy to have this time to spend with you today because I just spent a bunch of hours looking at books all over the internet to be like, "Ooh, what do I want to read next year?"

Today's episode are I'm getting a little. Behind the scenes look of what is on my personal reading list for 2022.

If you are curious about other book lists that I have put together for you at the end of this year, you can check out my last two episodes which are a books of a year of books to grow with.

Last week I was talking about the 12 books that I returned to over and over again. And like I said, last week, I am not a big reader, but those books come from. Year after year after year, sometimes more than once a year. And every time I read them, I'm like, wow, I miss that the first time.

And I'm so glad that those books they've become like friends. They live in their own little stock in my office and, and and they're the books that I'm, I, they keep changing my life. So here in this A week before Christmas I'm going to share with you what's on my reading list for my personal reading list for 2022.

So starting with the book that we are doing in Deferred Maintenance Immersion, I will, I will let the cat out of the bag that we do a book of the month in Deferred Maintenance Immersion.

And this year we're starting January with Brene Brown's new book, Atlas of the Heart mapping, meaningful connection and the language of human existence.

So some notes I already started reading it and it's kind of bringing tears to my eyes. And here's why. Most of us, like the research shows that most of us can name three emotions. I bet you know what?

They are sad, mad, and happy. And I'm like, I can't even remember the other one. And in. Atlas of the heart Brene and her team take apart 87 emotions with this idea that if we can accurately name and claim our emotions, then we can work through them and build better communities and better resiliency.

I'm super excited if you haven't yet seen it. My God, it is a beautiful book. So if for nothing else, get yourself a copy of the hardback. Of course, get it from the library or your independent bookseller, or if you are on a budget, go to that target store. But man, it's, it's, it's definitely a purchaser and a keeper and I can't wait for it to come out on audio cause I'm gonna listen to it too.

But that is our book for January in Deferred Maintenance. That is the number one book that I am excited about reading in 2022. Another book that you'll be like, duh, that's a follow-up. So Eve Rodsky has a follow-up to Fairplay and it is called Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World.

Crazily enough when you ask people, especially moms and dads and other grownups who work a lot what would you do? With your unicorn space, which is the time where you're working on being interesting as a grownup and most people are like, I'll work out well, that's not unicorn space. I will do like do all these things that you're like, well, that's not that that's just checking things off your to-do list.

So I am very curious to dig into this idea. Around when we create that time and space in our schedules, by reallocating and redistributing the workload in our homes, what do we do to make that unicorn space, help our lives feel more meaningful? So I'm very excited about digging into that one.

The next book I'm excited to read is Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall.

Here's what I want to say. We have a lot of reading to do got a lot of work to do, and our book lists should be balanced with people who. Share a common experiences, things we want to learn and listen, and then also. Books from authors that don't share our experience so that we can better understand the people around us and how we can actually work to be like, oh shit, I have some more work to do.

I didn't see that before. And I see it now. Right. We can stop that feeling of like, oh, I'm going to mess it up. So I'm going to stop and do nothing. No. We're going to, we're going to step in and say, okay, I messed up. I didn't know. And now I know better.

So when I know better, I do better. So Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot if I could, this is a really I'm gonna hit that nail on that, on the head again and that is nice white ladies.

Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It by Jessie Daniels. I think that kind of gets right to the heart of the matter. Maybe we should start with that one. These are, by the way, no order these are, they're not even an order of interest.

So as you know, I'm a prolific reader. Like I read hundreds of books a year because you know, work and it is my number one hobby. I love doing book clubs and all that. So I read a lot. The reason I'm making this list is because I'm like, these are books that you've identified as important books to make sure that get read.

Phoebe Robinson. It's so funny. All of her books, no, you can't touch my hair. Everything is trash. They killed me like in the way that I was like, now I'm shaking and crying because I'm laughing so hard.

Well, Phoebe Robinson post era published a new book. Her new book is called, Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays from Phoebe Robinson. I cannot wait to get my hands on it because. Laughing helps us complete the stress cycle. And Phoebe Robinson never fails to make me laugh.

I don't know if you know this friends, but I have fallen deep during the years into contemporary romance. I don't know why, but it's delightful. Seeing the inside of people, trying to work out their relationship stuff and sometimes I don't know it.

I was unaware that there, this whole genre existed, but in 2020 a friend posted about the kissing quotient and the bride test. And I was like, let me see what this is all about.
And I read them. I was like, and now I am forever wanting to read contemporary romance, especially by women of color. 

I have a new book that I haven't read yet, and it is called Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant. And it's a young romance book and I'm like, you know what, we're going to, we're going to get in there and we're going to read that book.

Another book that I am very excited to read is called Love Is a Revolution by Renee Watson. So the little blurb says, what does it mean to be love, mean to love and be loved including by oneself in this book. Nala Robertson embarks on a journey of radical self love that will inspire black girls everywhere, both young and old.

Hello. That sounds like right up my alley. I'm going to be here for it. So I'm doing, you know, a mix of fiction. Non-fiction the next one is called The Other Black Girl: A Novel by Zakiya Dalila Harris.

And it's described as get out meets the devil wears Prada. It's a thriller and the underlying message about the realities of black sisterhood in the workplace.

Just telling you, I'm just diversifying the bookshelf. I'm not usually a suspense thriller reader, but I thought I liked devil wears Prada. I haven't seen get out. Cause I am assuming. Movie, I'm very sensitive to movies. As I'm like, I'm going to give this one a try.

I am always in search of books to help me improve my relationship with money.
And if you haven't yet checked out, Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole by Tiffany the Budgetnista Aliche.

If you're like, I, oh God, I need to get better with my money in 2022. Check out. Get, get good with. I read it this year. I loved it. So when I found the book, Black Girl Finance: Let's Talk Money by Selina Flavius, I thought, you know what?

I can always add another money book to my must be read pile. So if you also are people who are like, you know what, I need help with us here as money.

Next book is called grown. Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A Carter. 

The founders of BC or BG BC have written their own book, which tackles issues that black women face, but the aim of inspiring and empowering, empowering the next generation.

You know what I want to know all the secrets about. Basically what lessons adults are teaching younger people. Cause I'm like, man, where were these books? When I was coming up, I want to make sure that I am like, I check that off. I check that off. I check that off. Okay. Did you know gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams is also an author, just so we're clear.

She has written many books under her pen name, Selena Montgomery, but in 2021, she published a book under her own name called While Justice Sleeps: A Novel.

It's a legal thriller featuring along a young law clerk at the Supreme court. And I cannot wait to read. Again, going a bit out of my typical genre into the thriller genre, but I'm here for it. I am diving in, in new things.

Right. I'm expanding what I read and how I read. All right. Next book. I'm looking forward to reading in 2022 is a book called Expect F*cking More: The 5 Keys to Business Success for African American Women by Dr. Bee Thomas.

I'm like, oh, I need to learn more about business. I think Dr. B Thomas should teach me some things I would love to know more about expecting more and getting more. Like, I feel like even though I've been in business for, you know, almost a decade, like I've got, I've got things to learn.

All right. And finally, my last pick, this is by no means the books that I'm only going to read this year, but these are the books that are being bookmarked for you.
Better get this done this year. I found this book by Elayne Fluker and it's called Get Over 'I Got It': How to Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support, and Remember That Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Alone.

And if you are like, man, I want to read all those books. I want to read with Tami next year. You can starting in January Deferred Maintenance Immersion is going to be doing not only for bonus workshops in January and. Coaching every week in the year, as well as lessons and online community that is not on social media.

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