TLF Book Club WDate

And we’re off! We are well into 2018 now, and I’m well into my reading list for the year.

After a couple of early bumps in the road, I was worried I would fall behind, but thankfully I’m still on track to complete this year’s goal of reading 25 books.

Unlike last year, when I had a list of everything I wanted to read from the get-go, I’m winging it this year — which makes me both nervous and exited. So far, there has been no shortage of books though, and the queue is growing every day.

Anything you think I should consider a MUST-READ for 2018?

Here’s what I’ve read up to now:

(1) The Higher Ed Marketing Communications Assessment by Kevin Anselmo

HigherMy boss gave this little book to the entire team as a holiday gift, and I thought it was a great opportunity to learn more about communications and PR in a higher education setting. That is what happens in my office, after all.

Short and sweet, I actually quite enjoyed reading this textbook of sorts. It gave a clear overview of the purpose of a department like ours, as well as addressed some of the more common issues that challenge press officers most.

I look forward to continuing to grow and learn in my professional life, and if you’re in the PR field (especially in an education setting), this book may help you do the same.

(2) How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

BawseALL the girl power!

I’ll admit to having never watched a single of Singh’s YouTube videos before getting my hands on this book. Honestly, I don’t even know what made me pick this one up in the first place. But I’m so glad I did!

In the same vein as many other short story-memoir hybrids that have been coming out recently, Lilly’s book reads like a pep talk.

She talks about her life and the journey to where she is today, and it’s a great reminder that even when it seems like it, no one is truly an overnight success.

(3) How We Love by Milan & Kay Yerkovich

LoveIt’s no secret that my husband and I had a rough 2017. I also hope it’s no secret that I will always fight hard for us, and that includes books like this.

This book breaks down the most commonly found love styles: avoider, vacillator, pleaser, controller, and victim. It also discusses the most commonly faced problems that different combinations of those might encounter.

I’ll admit it; some parts of this book were hard to read. It’s always hard to realize your responsibility in difficult situations.

If you’re struggling in a relationship, this book may provide some insight for you and help set you on a path to healthier interactions.

(4) The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

My office book club continues to surprise me with books I would likely never have picked up on my own… but somehow end up being some of my favorites. Sure, they haven’t all been winners, but this is one that I really ended up enjoying.

It took me a little longer to get through than I care to admit, sure. Each chapter was dedicated to the story of one of the titular characters children. Some were more interesting than others, but the ones that were good, were completely captivating.

The stories space decades and offer a unique description of African American life in the United States between 1925 and 1980.

(5) Whisper by Mark Batterson

WhisperRather than a more traditional Sunday school setup, my church has small groups that meet during the week to discuss various books/scripture. This semester, I chose a group mainly because my friends were signed up, but I’m so thankful that this book also turned out to be so powerful!

You’re probably familiar with the Five Love Languages, but did you know that God also has several ways He speaks to us?

Batterson breaks down the seven different ways he believes we can hear from God, including things scripture and the people around us.

What a great reminder that God is always trying to reach out to us – even in ways we don’t always expect.

(6) Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

RichSo far, so…okay?

I always include some lighter fiction on my reading list to give myself a break for the mostly non-fiction reading I do. I’m about halfway through this one, and while it’s entertaining (in that maybe-I-should-have-saved-this-for-the-beach sort of way), the way it’s written makes it a little challenging to read.

It reads like a friend talks – a lot of broken, incomplete sentences – which would be fine except for the fact that we’re dealing with an omniscient narrator. As we jump from one character to another it can get confusing.

I’m still on the fence on this one, but I think it might have been better had I been able to read it in one sitting… by a pool.

Have you read any of these books? Did you love them? Hate them? What are you reading right now? If you find yourself too anxious to wait for the next TLF Book Club to see what I’m reading next, let’s be friends on GoodReads!



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