Something Different…

I recently found some different kind of books that I’d like to read. For the longest time, I have only been reading crime thrillers with a few historical reads along the way. I have now added a few titles on my TBR that I’d never have picked before but I do feel like trying out something different.

Here is what I have recently added to my TBR:

My Beautiful Black Hair – St. Clair Detrick – Jules

Loud Black Girls – Yemi Adegoke; Elizabeth Uviebinene

Carefree Black Girls – Carefree Black Girls Zeba Blay

I am especially drawn to the first title as discussions on black hair have always intrigued me. I have gone through all sorts of hairstyles but in my 30s, I embraced my natural afro hair with all its comb-bending coarseness and stubbornness. I currently have dreadlocks which is one hairstyle that still has so much negative connotation which I don’t understand. So yeah, I am intrigued by this book.  

The two other books are on empowerment.

A Wealthy Girl – Charisse Conanan Johnson

I am currently reading this book. I have been thinking about diversifying my income for a while now. I hope this book will give me the kick that I need to get moving.

Your Marriage God’s Way – Scott LaPierre

I have never read any non-fiction books on marriage. I did read ‘The 5 Languages of Love’ some years ago though that is on relationships in general. I hope to draw some good insights from this title. As Christian, I figured that this might be an insightful read for me.

The Suicidal Thought Workbook – Kathryn Hope Gordon PhD

Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook – Erika Shershun

As one who has come close to walking off a ledge or two at my lowest times in life, the first book called me by name. Its description/blurb crept out from the cover and hugged me.

This is the description posted on NetGalley:

If you are considering this book for yourself, know that you are valued and your life matters—even if doesn’t feel that way right now. If you are considering this book for someone you care about, know that you have made a powerful and compassionate choice to help save a life.

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, you need to know—above all else—that you are worthy of help and a life with less suffering. This workbook, grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), has tools to guide you out of your darkest place to find hope. With the help of this book, you’ll identify your reasons for living, manage intense emotions, and create a safe environment when you are in a crisis. You’ll also learn how to strengthen relationships, develop effective coping strategies in the face of life’s challenges and hardships, and find—or rediscover—the activities that bring you joy and meaning.

Most of all, this workbook is meant to support you. No matter where you are at this moment, remember the following:

You are worth it.

You are loved.

You matter.

This book speaks to me. The description strikes a chord with me every time I read it. I am at a good place right now but I know how easy it is to find myself on the ledge. I am apprehensive about reading the book but at the same time, I have hope that I’ll find answers within its pages.

She Kills Me – Jennifer Wright

Book Description: A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat- color me intrigued!

I am excited about these books. I certainly was when I downloaded them. However, I am a bit nervous because I don’t usually read non-fiction. I have a fear of showers of DNFs. Nonetheless, I have my fingers crossed that I will not regret daring into something different … bookwise. Wish me luck.

18 thoughts on “Something Different…

  1. So many books, Diana! I’d be interested in the hairstyle stories for sure. Also, the suicidal thoughts workbook sounds excellent. I’m a firm believer in CBT. Hope you love all these! 🧡

      1. I don’t want to spoil it for you. 😉 I actually learned it after my second child was born and had developed a thyroid disorder. After beginning thyroid meds, panic attacks ensued, and I couldn’t figure out how to handle it. CBT helped me to retrain my brain a bit to not freak out during symptoms. I learned it in a doctor’s setting though.

        Anxious to hear about what you think of the book. Good luck with it, and take care, Diana. ❤️

        1. Thank you ❤️. Glad to hear how CBT helped you. I look forward to reading the book especially after hearing your experience. I hope it can help me too when I’m at lowest moments.

  2. It looks like you have some really interesting books to read. I hope you get a lot out of them. The workbook to help with suicidal thoughts sounds very good, I hope you find it useful. It’s a book I wish existed a few years ago when I was at my lowest ebb. I hope you’re doing okay. xx

    1. I am okay but I am hoping that the workbook helps me through future tough seasons. I am glad your lowest ebb is now something in the past. I hope my low lows will also belong in the past someday ♥️

      1. I’m glad you’re okay. I think it’s really good to read these kind of books and have a plan in place in case of future tough times so I hope they help you. I hope your lowest ebbs will be behind you one day soon too. Sending you a hug x

  3. It’s great that you’re diversifying your reading choices to include non-fiction titles, Diana. Good for you!! I hope these choices will enlighten and help you. I’m so happy you’re in a good place right now.

  4. I’m curious about that first book too – My Beautiful Black Hair. I’m natural now and rock a fro sometimes, but it feels as if I’m relearning how to care for my hair.
    Good luck with these reads. 🙂

    1. I love an afro. It used my favorite my hairstyle but I could only comb mine when the hair was wet. Otherwise, it was too painful. I agree about the haircare though. With an afro, I had joined online groups for natural hair so I could learn about the caring for it. The dreadlocks are a bit easier to maintain though.

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