Summer Reading | June’s List of books

Happy Summer!

I don’t know about you, but I have been BUSY living the best life yet. My days have been filled with so much joy, family, friends, art (both teaching it and making it) and of course, reading! I’m not going to lie, I’m actually surprised with just how much reading I’ve been able to get done over the last month, mainly because it feels like there is never enough time in the day, am I right?!

But yet, here I am sharing with you the 9 books I was able to squeeze out during the hot summer month of June! Woo… you name it, poolside, break-time, before bed, an hour a day, I’ve been squeezing in the time to get these books knocked out and I’m so glad I did.

June’s List

  1. Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall: This book is considered a biography and it gave me all the feels. I cried, I laughed but mostly I felt a deep change from the inside out. This book moved me in more ways than I can describe.
  2.  Wildflower by Drew Barrymore:Another biography in a collection of essays by the lovely Drew herself. To be honest, I am a HUGE Drew Barrymore fan and I was so glad to sink my teeth into this book. I loved reading about her life, and her journey to womanhood, adulthood and all that in between. It honestly made me love her even more.
  3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari: Humorous Self-help book? Honestly I’m not sure what the genre is, but either way, it was super smart and insightful. What’s my reason for picking up this book? I have way too many single girlfriends and I wanted to get an insight of the stuff they deal with on the daily. #theresstillhope
  4. The Girl with the Lower Back Tatoo by Amy Schumer: A hilarious biography/memoir written by Amy herself. Honestly, this one was pretty entertaining, it definitely had a lot of the crudeness we’ve come to expect from Amy. But, with a big scoop of sincerity and honesty. I give Amy kudos for opening up to the reader and letting us get to know a different side than she normally portrays.
  5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert: This one is totally a self-help book all about learning to live with fear, becoming in-tune with ideas and learning ways to foster our own creativity. A great read to inspire you on your next project! It’s helped me become more aware of the opportunities around me.
  6. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: A great librarian recommended this sci-fi read to me. It was a quick read, filled with enough action to make it well worth it. In true novella form, it was a great introduction to the world of science fiction.
  7. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick: Biography and laugh out loud funny. Anna doesn’t hold back and boy, she tells it like it is. Worth the read? 100% yes. So go read it!
  8. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: Another rad self-help book, mostly because she’s like “You’re a f*%&ing Bad Ass!” and I totally believe her. She makes you believe all things are possible. My take away from this book? Stop sitting on your bum and go do that thing, change the world, live your best damn life.
  9. A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like by Ashley Graham: Biogoraphy/Memoirish that’s full of self-love. I admire Ashley, she says the things that I’m afraid to say out loud and she’s happy with who she is. She oozes self-confidence and that’s a sexy and amazing quality. When I finished reading the book, I felt good in my skin. I no longer felt like I had to conform to societies beauty standards. It was a good mixture of life, love and owning your womanhood by slaying with self-confidence.

Let’s be friends

I’ve already started on my July list and my first book is almost complete, yes! If you want to follow along, come hang with me on Goodreads. I try my hardest to rate and review the books as soon as I’m finished with them. Leave comments and share with me your summer reads and any recommendations. Clearly, from the list, you can see I’m a HUGE fan of memoirs and biographies but really I’m open to anything! Until next time…see you on Goodreads!





Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart Book Review


Another one for my art collection!

I cannot wait to have my own classroom one day and introduce my students to this genius book! I was looking for some more drawing books to help me perfect my drawing skills, you know they say that practice makes perfect. When I had the opportunity to grab Doodletopia: Cartoons I was so excited! I wanted something that was both interactive and fun.
The book basically teaches you how to draw. It’s perfect for novice artists to more advanced drawing artists. You are basically being guided, by enormous amounts of creativity. You learn to sketch a face, a body, and eventually you start to create these beautiful little cartoon masterpieces.

It’s like this amazing visual drawing journal that’s just begging you to dive in and create.

It’s perfect for all ages, seriously, my 4 year old was doing a better job than me! This is a fun way to sit back and learn. Without feeling the pressure of trying to be perfect. This books will guide you in all the right ways, and what you will take away from it surpasses the price of the book.
It is a MUST HAVE for art nerds like myself, and for those just want to have fun and learn a new trade. Do yourself a favor, buy the book!
“I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.”