Ongoing Literary Adventures: July Reads

What I’m Reading In July

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Let me begin by saying that I am often reading 2 or 3 books at a time. Why?

1. If I read fiction before bed I don’t sleep. Just one more chapter mooommm. But, fiction is my first love and I love the way it gets my imagination flowing, so I try my best to read at least a few chapters of fiction of some kind a week.

2.  I have made the commitment to work on my mindset everyday for the foreseeable future. So, lately, I’ve been reading a chapter from a book pertaining to mindset or personal development every morning.

3. I’ve always loved learning about other peoples journeys. So, I usually have a non-fiction title of some kind on the go.

1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor


Witchcraft + A Rich Fantasy World + Mythology = All the Yes Please. That’s all I have to say about that.

Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?

I have had this series recommended to me by so many that I can not put off getting it started one more month.

If you are as big of a fan of young adult fantasy novels as I am, you can get Akata Witch here.

2. A Tribe Called Bliss: Break Through Superficial Friendships, Create Real Connections, Reach Your Highest Potential by Lori Harder


I love Lori Harder so much that I would probably buy her books no matter what they were about just to support her. Seriously, top 3 girl crushes of all time. However, this book is very much in line with where I am at right now and I’m sincerely excited to dive into it.

Self-love expert and creator of the Earn Your Happy podcast shares the methods she used to build her own tribe and grow from an anxiety-ridden, unhealthy, introverted underachiever to a confident woman who takes risks and leaps out of her comfort zone.  In A Tribe Called Bliss Lori Harder bridges the gap between inspiration and action, providing a lasting resource for positive change and a guidebook for establishing a support tribe. With crucial and fascinating lessons and contextual self-work exercises, this is the ultimate guidebook to discover the key to a lifetime of blissful happiness.

Wanna build a tribe together? Find it here.

3. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."- Napolean Hill (Inspiring people to think differently about money since 1937)

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

I actually read most of this book in June and I’m re-reading it again because the wisdom smacks were just so good that I feel compelled to go back and re-absorb every word.

Think and Grow Rich is the result of more than twenty years of study of many individuals who had amassed personal fortunes. From the lessons he learned, Napolean Hill lays out 13 principles to be applied to achieve success for the reader to apply in her/his life. He stipulates that riches (wealth in all of its varieties) begins with your state of mind. If you want to accumulate wealth (again, in all aspects of your life), you must first change your mindset. Hence, THINK and Grow Rich.

If you are looking to work on your money mindset, and in turn your mindset in general you can find it here

Honorary Mention: Reread of my favourite book of all time, because I can.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman: 

"There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart's Desire."

I read this book at least once a year. I am a fan of all of Neil Gaiman’s novels but this one holds I special place in my heart. It is a fairy tale for adults that just feels like comfort food for my soul.

Stardust by Neil Gaimain

Stardust by Neil Gaimain

Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall—named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

If you need a little more fairy tale in your life, you can find it here.