Good Reads: My 2018 Ongoing Book List

I‘ve always dreamed of having this huge library in my dream house. One huge two-story room with the cliché spiral staircase. The only thing that has changed about that dream, is that this said dream library would now have books about things other than architecture. Before 2017, any book that I bought (from my favorite store Half Price Books) would be about architecture. I mean could you blame me? That’s literally been the only thing on my brain since like sophomore year of high school! I got use to looking at sections, elevations, and plans, I needed more of something; I just didn’t know exactly what yet.

One day while at my store, glancing through the clearance sections, I stumbled across this book.

Dr. Oz’s YOU: Stress Less: The Owner’s Manual for Regaining Balance in Your Life

Hm. This sounds good. I love Dr. Oz, I am stressed, and its $1.




This book was literally a breath of fresh air. It teaches you how not to stress by evaluating your life. I.e. Is that really something you should be stressing about? Can you dozreally control that situation? Can stress be a good thing? I know what you’re thinking…

Umm Laurin, I can’t think of any scenario where I was excited about being stressed.

Well check out this book and listen to my Dr. Oz says it can be a good thing.

That book sparked a world of knowledge that I didn’t even realize was there. It even jump-started my meditation, yoga, and pescatarian on-going lifestyle (which I still struggle with )

Now-a-days, you can’t catch me without some sort of self-discovery/self-healing book in hand or on my phone. I also really enjoy reading about other people’s lives like Vivica A. vivicaFox. When her book came out, I was ecstatic.

Vivica A. Fox: Every Day I’m Hustling

I found her interesting, she’s from Indianapolis, and she’s been through a lot.

Again, Win.



Did you know when she was younger, she got so fed up with people mispronouncing her name, she went by her middle name Angela, or Angie for short?

Check out Vivica’s book and let me know what you think!

With my hectic schedule, Audible books have been a lifesaver and a MUST. Because honey, this Houston traffic is no joke, and these books get my mind off of it. Check out my 2018 book list so far and let me know what you are reading!!



Vivica A. Fox: Every Day I’m Hustling

Dr. Oz:  YOU: Stress Less: The Owner’s Manual for Regaining Balance in Your Life

Gabrielle Union: We’re Going to Need More Wine

Peter Walsh: Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life

Charlamagne Tha God: Black Privledge: Opportunity Come to Those Who Create It

S.J. Scott: Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Kevin Hart: I Cant Make This Up: Life Lessons

Bethenny Frankel: A Place of Yes 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Mark Mason: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck






Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

Issa Rae: The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl

Kelly Rowland: Oh, Baby!

Keke Palmer: I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice

Gucci Mane: The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

Gabourey Sidibe: This Is Just My Face

Tiffany Haddish: The Last Black Unicorn

Michelle Obama: Becoming

John McCain: The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations

Luvvie Ajayi: I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

Jessi Klein: You’ll Grow Out of It

Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life   Reading this now 🙂

Stephen R. Covey:  7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change 

Tarajo P. Henson:  Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Boldt

The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside The Cube by Michelle Goodman

The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene

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