Top Reads | 2019

Updated: Feb 8

Without further ado, here are my top 10 reads of 2019:


Atomic habits | James Clear

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James is a genius. The book does a great job of laying down the framework of how habits are formed and shares insightful strategies for building good habits and breaking bad ones. Even though I was already familiar with the research behind habit formation which you can find on his blog, reading through this book helped me approach habits I’m trying to adopt or break in my own life from different angles. He also provided a lot of additional / bonus information available when one purchases the book; which I thought was great.


Rating: 5 stars


Am I there yet? | Mari Andrews

This is still my book of the year! Mari is vulnerable, witty and her illustrations are full of so much wisdom about navigating life. I am inspired by her weirdness, ability to be uncomfortable and derive meaning from awkward situations. I’ve followed her on Instagram for more than 2 years now but even with over 180 pages of drawings, there’s many in the book that I’d never seen. This is a great book for women in their 20s but it also reads great for us older folks who’ve been through those times and are reminded of all we’ve learned and are still learning. You can find the book here


Rating: 5 stars


Becoming | Michelle Obama

I'm still reading this book which has so far provoked so many questions. So many thoughts. Michelle provided so many interesting insights and her unapologetic-ness through it all is probably what's made reading this book a magical experience. Instead of romanticising both her and America’s past, she analyses candidly. She has a beautiful bond with her brother Craig. Her experience of motherhood, pregnancy complications, miscarriage and IVF speaks volumes. Knowing what it meant to navigate all of those things on as public a stage as you can get – were especially illuminating.


Rating: 5 stars

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Girl, woman, other | Bernardine Evaristo

Currently reading: After hearing so much about this book, I was incredibly keen to read it, so I got a copy. From the reviews I’ve read so far, Bernardine writes vibrantly of a contemporary Britain that is rarely seen, challenging, giving us a glimpse of its past, present and future, with a seamless feminist narrative that goes back and forth in time, an unconventional structure, poetic prose, and a disregard of the normal conventions of punctuation. She presents us with a broad and diverse spectrum of black women's voices, all distinct, from differing backgrounds, ages, roots, class, occupations, families, from many parts of the country and sexuality in all its forms.


Rating: 4.5 stars


More than enough | Elaine Welteroth

Wow! Just Wow! So many kernels of wisdom. A dear friend recommended this and I'm so glad I followed through and read it. So many seeds of love and empowerment. I'm a sucker for any brown-skinned woman who can articulate herself this well. This book was easily one of the best I’ve read and Elaine passes on so many little gems and life lessons. I loved how she made sure to talk about the many challenges she faced while trying to achieve her goals. Watching someone’s life play out on social media can make things appear more perfect than they really are. Looks can be deceiving.


Rating: 5 stars


Daring Greatly | Brené Brown

Do I want more insights into one of the most popular TED talks of all time? Yes please. I had to give this book a try. It showed me a very different outlook to vulnerability and a new understanding of what it means to engage with our vulnerability, understand how shame and shaming others affects us, how to combat shame, and being vulnerable for the sake of making real connections with people. Not only has it helped me understand my vulnerability but understand other people’s vulnerability and understand scarcity and how wholeheartedness can affect us.


Rating: 5 stars


The third space | Adam Fraser

Considering micro transitions and the interaction of third space and leadership was my takeaway from this book.

It contains simple ideas that can be earth-shattering; intent and context as well as taking a timeout in a world that lives on back to back meetings is a precious time that allows you to get set and ready for the next space. Reflect, Rest and Reset.


Rating: 4.5 stars


The financial diet | Chelsea Fagan & Lauren Ver Hage

As an avid follower of the TFD videos on YouTube - reading this felt like the natural thing to do. One of the gems that stood out for me was 'Don’t slide into a “CEO lifestyle” where you tell yourself how much you deserve all the money-wasting things you buy.'


There is one feature of this book that is especially commendable: Chelsea doesn’t just rely on her OWN ideas—she consults experts whom she respects for their business wisdom. So instead of just getting the perspective from the author, the reader gets advice from lots of different folks. I don’t think I’ve seen that particular format in any other personal finance book.


Rating: 4 stars


Happy 2020 reading

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