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  • Health and Wellness Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2021

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    At the start of every year, I always look forward to new book releases, specifically health and wellness books. These are the books that will carry us through the year and beyond as they deep dive into how we can keep our minds, bodies, and spirits healthy.

    *This list is only but a few of the health and wellness books that will be coming out in the first quarter of the year. As the year progresses I will be adding even more titles to this list. Book descriptions are via Amazon.

    That Sounds Fun – Annie F. Downs

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    We know there are certain things we must have to survive–food, shelter, and safety to name a few. But there are also aspects of life that truly allow us to be joyful and fulfilled. For popular podcaster and bestselling author Annie F. Downs, fun is close to the top of that list. Few would argue that having fun doesn’t enrich our lives, but so much gets in the way of prioritizing it. Tough days, busyness, and feelings that are hard to talk about keep us from the fun that’s out there waiting to be found.

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    Cosmic Health – Jennifer Racioppi

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    There’s much more to astrology than weekly horoscopes, personality types, and predictions for the future. For astrologer and transformational coach Jennifer Racioppi and her clients, it is a guide to living in sync with the natural rhythms of the universe to achieve optimal health and astonishing success. Cosmic Health provides a groundbreaking cross-disciplinary approach to cultivating physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. By honoring your individuality, your role in the universe, nature, and the seasonality of life, you will be armed with the knowledge—and magic—you need to cultivate uncompromising health.

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    The Book of Light: Illuminate Your Life with Self-Love – Nia the Light

    In this inspiring, illustrated book, Nia explores a range of emotions, from pain to joy, insecurity to confidence, to help you find your own individuality and power. The journaling activities give free rein to your inner queen to document your experiences of self-love, your flaws, and life lessons. Nia shares her own path towards accepting her whole self – acne, stretch marks, and all!

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    A Rhythm of Prayer – Sarah Bessey

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    This book, curated by acclaimed author Sarah Bessey, celebrates and honors that prayerful tradition in a literary form. A companion for all who feel the immense joys and challenges of the journey of faith, this collection of prayers says it all aloud, giving readers permission to recognize the weight of all they carry. These writings also offer a broadened imagination of hope—of what can be restored and made new. Each prayer is an original piece of writing, with new essays by Sarah Bessey throughout.

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    Set Boundaries, Find Peace – Nedra Glover Tawwab

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    Licensed counselor, sought-after relationship expert, and one of the most influential therapists on Instagram Nedra Glover Tawwab demystifies this complex topic for today’s world. In a relatable and inclusive tone, Set Boundaries, Find Peace presents simple-yet-powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. Rooted in the latest research and best practices used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), these techniques help us identify and express our needs clearly and without apology–and unravel a root problem behind codependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.

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    Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps – Marina Khidekel 

    This book is a Microstep bible. With chapters dedicated to sleep, nutrition, movement, focus and prioritization, communication and relationships, unplugging and recharging, creativity and inspiration, and purpose/meaning, Your Time to Thrive shares practical, usable, research-supported mini-habits that will yield huge benefits and empower people to truly thrive in all parts of their lives.

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    Every Body – Julia Rothman & Shaina Feinberg

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    Ever had a question about sex—whether out of curiosity, desire, or the sneaking suspicion you’re, somehow, different? Every Body will help you feel less alone. It’s a huge collection of anonymous stories, essays, artwork, and expert tell-alls on myriad subjects, all rolled into one. It’s the conversations most of us are too scared to start.

    The stories, essays, and interviews they’ve compiled touch on a wide array of topics, including first times, open relationships, body acceptance, accidental pregnancies, sex toys, pleasure, fear and trauma, sexual discovery, and more.

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    I’m So Effing Tired – Amy Shah, MD

    Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you’re feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired? Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age, or your workload, or, worse, that it’s just “normal.”

    If so, you’re not alone. Women of all ages are suffering from an epidemic of fatigue and burnout. But exhaustion doesn’t have to be your new normal. Inspired by her personal wellness journey, integrative medical doctor Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life.

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    The Gift of Self-Love: A Workbook to Help You Build Confidence, Recognize Your Worth, and Learn to Finally Love Yourself – Mary Jelkovsky 

    The Gift of Self-Love is an honest, heartfelt, and relatable book that will guide you on your journey to self-love, self-care, and body positivity. Author Mary Jelkovsky, better known on Instagram as @maryscupofteaa, shares her story of conquering her insecurities (after years of an eating disorder and intense, self-sabotaging work as a bikini fitness model) and finally learning to love herself exactly as she is. Written like a letter to a close friend, this self-improvement book provides practical advice and exercises that will help you finally give yourself the gift of self-love.

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    What Doesn’t Kill You – Tessa Miller


    Tessa Miller was an ambitious twentysomething writer in New York City when, on a random fall day, her stomach began to seize up. At first, she toughed it out through searing pain, taking sick days from work, unable to leave the bathroom or her bed. But when it became undeniable that something was seriously wrong, Miller gave in to family pressure and went to the hospital―beginning a yearslong nightmare of procedures, misdiagnoses, and life-threatening infections. Once she was finally correctly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Miller faced another battle: accepting that she will never get better.

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    Skin Care For Your Soul – Jude Chao


    The skincare journey. As much as we’d like it to, glowing, clear skin doesn’t happen overnight. But there is beauty in the process―not just the results. Author Jude Chao links skincare to self-care culture, giving readers a practical guide to developing their ideal skincare routine and using it to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. The Korean skincare routine invites us to look at our skincare not only as a way to reduce lines and wrinkles or clear up breakouts but as a tool for developing our self-care habits.

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    You Don’t Owe Anyone – Caroline Garnet McGraw

    Inspired by the author’s viral essay “You Don’t Owe Anyone An Interaction,” this book invites us to make surprising choices that can help us get unstuck. Rather than offering more ways to effect change through sheer effort, these personal stories serve as a compassionate witness, a reflection of our own perfectionistic tendencies. They also are a wake-up call jolting us out of our martyr mentality and inspiring us to move in new, positive directions.

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    The Scandinavian Guide To Happiness – The Editors of Whalen Book Works


    There’s a reason Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and The Netherlands consistently rank as the top 5 happiest countries on earth! Find out the secrets to their happiness and fulfillment in The Scandinavian Guide to Happiness, which shares centuries of Nordic wisdom. These basic principles will help you see how to have a happy life without buying anything, changing yourself, or making any other crazy drastic changes! Topics include Simplicity, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Relationships, Nature-Inspired Living, and more. Full of inspiring, encouraging ideas—and charming illustrations!—this thoughtful Scandinavian guide is sure to put a happy glow on your life.

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    Laziness Does Not Exist – Devon Price, Ph.D.

    Laziness Does Not Exist explores the psychological underpinnings of the “laziness lie,” including its origins from the Puritans and how it has continued to proliferate as digital work tools have blurred the boundaries between work and life.

    Dr. Price offers science-based reassurances that productivity does not determine a person’s worth and suggests that the solution to problems of overwork and stress lie in resisting the pressure to do more and instead learn to embrace doing enough.

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    Fitness for Every Body: Strong, Confident, and Empowered at Any Size – Meg Boggs

    In Fitness for Every Body, Meg shares her personal story and inspires you to celebrate your own body for all its capabilities. Featuring a dozen step-by-step, full-body workouts, this book is more than a workout guide or a training manual. It’s a reminder that you’re more than just your weight, that you are stronger than you believe, and that just because you might not be thin, doesn’t mean that you can’t be an athlete. Your body is capable of doing incredible things—you just have to let it.

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    Are there any health and wellness books being released this year that you’re looking forward to?

  • Health and Wellness Books By Black Women That Will Improve Your Life

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    In a recent IG post, we talked about discovering some new titles for Black History Month. Well, we’re going to get you started. Here is a list of 12 wellness books by Black women that are designed to uplift and restore you. In this listing, you’ll find titles related to overall health, spirituality, wellness, healthy eating, fitness, and self-care. You’ll also find journals that will help guide you along the way.

    *Book descriptions are via Amazon

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    Vibrating higher daily is about making intentional day-to-day choices that lift us out of mindsets, habits, and lifestyles that don’t serve us and into ones that do. This book is an invitation to engage with everything that feeds our soul and raises our vibration and to simultaneously let go of the things bringing our energy down. Through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, Lalah Delia empowers us to live with higher potential and quality of being.

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    Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within – By Latham Thomas

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    Own Your Glow is an inspirational, actionable, and wildly enriching companion for change. Celebrity wellness and lifestyle guru, Latham Thomas provides soulful principles that offer an illuminated path for examining life’s challenges, helping you curate your path to greatness while embracing your uniquely feminine attributes. Packed with rituals, meditations, and snackable lifestyle tips, Thomas provides a clear framework for harnessing your passion, developing spiritual fitness, and embracing true vulnerability. This guide is for anyone who wants to witness her own life transform and contribute to the positive change of the world around her.

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    Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day – By Rachel Ama

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    Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats offers brilliant plant-based dishes that make cooking and enjoying delicious vegan food every day genuinely easy—and fun. No bland or boring dishes, and forget all-day cooking. Rachel takes inspiration from naturally vegan dishes and cuisines as well as her Caribbean and West African roots to create great full-flavor recipes that are easy to make and will inspire you to make vegan food part of your daily life. Rachel’s recipes are quick and often one-pot; ingredients lists are short and supermarket friendly; dishes can be prepped ahead and, most importantly, she has included a song with each recipe so that you have a banging playlist to go alongside every plate of delicious food.

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    Are there any health and wellness books by Black women that have been helpful to you? Share in the comments below.
  • ‘In Intimate Detail’ Is the Only Lingerie Guide You’ll Ever Need

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    A little background

    There was a time I didn’t know shit about lingerie. My knowledge didn’t extend beyond knowing my bra size and attaching thigh highs to garter belts. I’m talking basic, that is until the innanets introduced me to Cora Harrington, founder, and Editor in Chief of the world’s largest lingerie blog, The Lingerie Addict.

    Finding her blog was mindblowing for me. Cora and her writers opened my mind to a wealth of information regarding underwear and the lingerie industry as a whole. What did I learn you ask? I learned about different types of lace and how it’s used (cause not all lace is the same), to discovering new indie brands from her in-depth reviews, as well as general history about lingerie as a whole.

    Aside from everything I’ve learned these last couple of years, the thing I’ve come to love most about her blog is the idea that: lingerie is for everyone regardless of shape, size or sexuality, and lingerie is for you. Meaning, you don’t have to have a partner to buy or wear lingerie. Lingerie is and should be for your personal enjoyment. That’s not saying you shouldn’t wear it for your partner but it shouldn’t be the only reason why it’s worn.

    The book

    Over the last year, Cora has taken all of her knowledge and poured it into her debut book, In Intimate Detail. Y’all, this book – perfection! Cora teaches you everything you need to know about underthings and how to care for them. Its masterful breakdown, pretty watercolored pages, and beautiful illustrations by Sandy Wirt instantly make this the only lingerie guide you’ll need, in life.

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    “Beautiful lingerie… is a signal that you love yourself enough to take out the good stuff and feel special even on the most mundane of days.”
    —Dita Von Teese, from the foreword


    See what I mean. The details. It’s going to change the way you view and purchase your intimates. It’s changed mine. In Intimate Detail is out now so do yourself a favor and get it.

    Do you read and/or follow The Lingerie Addict? Have you purchased In Intimate Detail? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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  • 10 Things You Can Do To Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

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    August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and bibliophiles all over the globe are about to get lit.

    If you don’t know what a bibliophile is, simply put, it’s a person who collects and loves the hell outta some books. There, see, by learning a new book lover term you already did one thing to get the party started. Here are nine other things you can do to keep the celebration going:

    Visit your local bookstore

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    As much as I love B&N I also make it a point to support my local independent stores. These stores service and support the community in ways that big chains don’t. My favorite independent store is Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene BK. They’re small but pack a powerful punch with their carefully curated selections and cozy atmosphere. I never walk out empty handed.

    Discover a new genre

    We all have our favorite categories to read but what if we decide to skip historical fiction (my fav for the past couple of years) and venture into the sci-fi section. Or instead of choosing fiction look at some non-fiction titles. You’ll never know what your hidden love is if you don’t go exploring.

    Start a new book

    We all have a stack of books that we’ll start “tomorrow”. Yeah, two years later the book is still there with 20 books stacked on top of it. Today is a great day to choose one, crack it open and read it through to the end. I have more than a dozen but here are 5 that will try to finish before the end of the year.

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    Origins
    Finding Gideon
    Children of Blood and Bone
    The Perfect Nanny
    Barracoon

    Get a library card

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    If you don’t have one then you owe it to yourself to carry yo ass to your nearest library and get one. And if you do have one, then head over and check a book or two out.

    Continue a book you stopped reading

    Our shelves are filled with books we’ve started and for whatever reason, never finished. This a perfect time to continue where you left off.

    Sniff some old books

    Only a true bibliophile will understand me here. There is something so alluring about opening a book, burying your face in its pages and inhaling deeply. It’s intoxicating, especially when the book is really old. The yellower the pages the more you wanna sniff it. Am I the only one who wants and old book air freshener?

    Signup for a Goodreads account

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    Yeah, yeah I know you don’t need another social account or log in to remember. But if you’re a book lover then this will be the only book based platform you’ll ever need. You log in and from there you can discover, rate and have conversations with fellow book lovers, and because you can connect it to your Facebook account you’ll be able to see your friends suggestions and ratings.

    Donate books to the less fortunate

    Contact your local libraries, schools, shelters or elderly homes etc. to find out about their book donation policy. You can also set a stack on your stoop and passersby like me will most def go through what you’ve left out. Whatever you choose, don’t throw them in the trash. Books do not belong in the trash.

    Give the gift of a book

    Who doesn’t love presents? Give someone you love the gift of a book they’ve been dying to read or a gift certificate so they can pick out their own book.

    How are you going to celebrate National Book Lovers Day?