1. Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts edited by Ayana Byrd and Akiba SolomonPhoto: Amazon Who hasn't struggled with body image at some point? This collection of essays tells the stories of black women who are learning to love every inch of their round, tall, brown, bright and perfectly imperfect bodies.
2. The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life by Russell SimmonsPhoto: amazon.com Thinking of going vegan? The original hip-hop mogul drops knowledge in this inspiring guide on the benefits of conscious eating and veganism.
3. The Misadventures of Awkward Black girl by Issa RaePhoto: awkwardblackgirl.com For all you introverts out there, let Issa Rae help you find the humor in your awkwardness. This collection of essays will inspire you to embrace the idea of navigating the world as an introverted black woman.
4. Standing In the Shadows by John HeadPhoto: amazon.com Depression is not a game. This book deals with the depths of black men’s buried mental and emotional pain with a cultural analysis of how the illness is perceived in the black community—and why nobody wants to talk about it.
5. The One Week Budget by Tiffany 'The Budgetnista' AlichePhoto: Amazon This lesson in financial literacy from Budgetnista will help you get your money right.
6. Greatness is Upon You by Eric ThomasPhoto: etinspires.com If you need a fiery personal hype-man to energize you toward your goals, Eric Thomas is the guru for you.
7. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Even gladiators need help stepping out of their comfort zones from time to time. If you're an overachiever struggling to find balance, let Shonda show you how it's done.
8. Black Pearls: Daily Meditations, Affirmations, and Inspirations for African-Americans by Eric V. Copage
Photo: amazon.com Nothing like a good ole' inspirational quote for a quick burst of motivation. Begin each day with entries ranging from African proverbs to wisdom from Oprah.