5 Books You Need To Read in 2019

by Loni Swain

One of my intentions for 2019 is to read at least one book each month. Not only is reading one of the common habits of highly successful people, but it can also help to expand your vocabulary, introduce you to new ideas and perspectives. It gives you great conversation starters and opportunities to diversify your interests. Here’s my 2019 reading list, comprised of all black female authors!

Michelle Obama - Becoming

This was my January book read and I got this in audiobook form because its read by Michelle Obama herself! This was such an awesome read because it felt like Michelle was personally telling me her life story. It’s on almost every bestseller list and for good reason. Michelle Obama’s journey is truly inspiring and she shares her ups and downs with the relatable candor and grace we have all come to appreciate from our forever First Lady. The theme of Becoming is one that is sure to help us all start 2019 on the right foot!


Glory Edim - Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Glory Edim’s book club is now an actual book. She has compiled the most perfect book of essays from amazing writers about their love and admiration for reading and I’m hoping it will help me to grow my appreciation for the written word.


Tomi Adeyemi - Children of Blood And Bone

If only I had a dollar for every time this book popped up on my Instagram feed, I’d have at least enough money to buy the book! Every review that I’ve read has been singing its praises! If you have ever been interested in Yoruba culture, this is a must read for you! Its Adeyemi’s debut novel and already has the green light for big screen production, so hurry up and read it before the movie comes out!


Yaa Gyasi - Homegoing

When I traveled to Ghana, this book was a recommended read but I never got around to it. Now that reading is higher on my to-do list in 2019, this book is in the queue! It's won countless awards and recognitions including being added to the New York Times bestseller list.

According to its description:

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two sisters and their descendants through eight generations and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.  

Queen Afua - Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit

I’ve had at least 3 girlfriends tell me that this book is either in their queue to be read or that they have read and continue to refer back to this book. It's described as a transformative journey of physical and ancestral healing from a renowned herbalist, natural health expert and dedicated healer of women’s bodies and souls. This year, it's definitely in my reading list queue!



About The Author
Media veteran Loni Swain is the host of the top-rated personal + professional development podcast for WOC, The Loni Swain Show. When she's not working on her podcast, she's cooking up homemade treats for her candy company, Loni Loo's (www.loniloos.com) Loni is passionate about self-care, women's empowerment, genuine connections, amazing food, and travel.

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