My 2018 Book List

New Year, New Books!

Ahhh yaaaasssss! The smell of fresh book pages! I’m not a hard copy purist, but you can’t deny that there’s something awesome about the smell of a book!

For the past few years, I’ve created what I like to call a Foundation List of books that I “must” read throughout the year. I just realized this is the nerd version of New Year, New You. Seriously. It’s my required reading for the year that is meant to help me finish the year as a better version of myself. Cool, right? Does it work? Sure, when I actually read them. Moving on…

In 2017, I picked roughly a book a month. Peep the pic of my reads–>. Yes there are 13 books because there’s always one you just can’t not add. For 2018, I’ve expanded the amount of books on my list (rather drastically) mainly because I couldn’t choose! Clearly being indecisive is something I should work on this year. Yet, there are no books on this subject on my list. Oh well, we’ll see what happens in 2019.

As you’ll see when I eventually stop rambling, I divide the books into loose categories. I try to keep the list fairly well rounded, but there’s no complicated formula to how I choose the books. I just pick what I think I may like!

If we are reading the same books, let me know! We can exchange notes.

I know what you’re thinking. Yes, this is a foodie/lifestyle blog. I’m going to get to the foodie part! So many friends asked me to share my list for the year, and this was the best way to make that happened. So foodies and the like, stay tuned!

Without further ado…

My 2018 Foundation List

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The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Morgan and Michael Lennington

Creativity Rules by Tina Seeling

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

My So-Called Freelance Life by Michelle Goodwin

Promote Yourself by Dan Schawbel

Rise and Grind by Daymond John


Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

Non-fiction including Biographies & Memoirs

The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene

Hunger by Roxane Gay

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Me We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Self Development

all about love: new visions by bell hooks

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath

Treating People Well by Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard

Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

You Need A Budget by Jesse Mecham


The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Be Here by Rob Bell

Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Lost Art of Good Conversation by Sakyong Mipham

Mindful Running by Mackenzie Havey

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh


  1. Love the list!!! Here’s to crushing goals in the 20 of 18!!!!! Please let me know which ones you LOVE!!!

  2. You’ve made my reading life so much easier on 2018!
    Excited to get going on this list!

  3. What a list! Love how you broke it down by categories.

  4. Strong book list! Can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

  5. Great list! I’ve read a few of these and have a couple that I just haven’t gotten to yet! Thx! And I can’t wait to see your cookbook on this list! *speaking it into existence* 😁

  6. Love this list!!! I’m excited to hear about these here books and all the other stuff you’re gonna blog about. You just sprinkle something fabulous everywhere you go.

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