Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully, this list will help you choose!
This week, our Hot Pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is The Dark Between Stars by Atticus, our Beach Read is Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love and Success by Charreah K. Jackson, and our Dark Horse, one you might not have added to your reading list but should, is Perish by Lisa Black
Our Hot Pick:
The Dark Between Stars by Atticus
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From the internationally bestselling author of Love Her Wild comes The Dark Between Stars, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus.
Atticus, has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain—the darkness and the stars—to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer.
Everybody loves Atticus. That’s not an exaggeration. From the likes of Karli Kloss to Emma Roberts, Teen Vogue to Alicia Keyes, he’s a darling of the online literary world. Beginning his career on Instagram where he boasts 720k followers, (become one of them: @atticuspoetry) Atticus already has one published book under his belt, Love Her Wild, and with his new collection, he’s set to become even bigger.
Another intriguing aspect of the hugely successful poet is his anonymity. Nobody knows who he is. The only promotional photos of him that exist involve him wearing a mask. He stays behind the mask, he says, in order to remind himself to write what he feels, not what he thinks he should feel. Swoon!
Our Beach Read:
Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love and Success by Charreah K. Jackson
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In our society, women earn the majority of degrees and are increasingly bringing home the bacon – and frying it, with 40% of American households having female breadwinners. ESSENCE Senior Editor and author Charreah K. Jackson interviewed and researched more than 150 professional women including everyday powerhouses and famous faces for strategies to thrive in our personal and professional lives. This juicy and honest read includes insight from more than 1,000 years of marriage and career success by accomplished women and shares the little-discussed realities at the intersection of work and love, and how women can avoid a collision. We are a generation of women with the most professional opportunities and accomplishments of any women before us – which can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting. This book is a bridge to create a love life and career that fulfills you: it’s time to Go Hard AND Go Home.
According to her website, Charreah K. Jackson is an international speaker, coach, and ESSENCE Senior Editor, empowering the brand’s global audience of 13 million. Her informed point-of-view has been featured on CNN, The CW, ABC News, Fortune and TIME. She’s a certified life-coach and educator, and has spoken at many events including Europe Dating Awards & Conference in Amsterdam, MegaFest and the Omega Institute’s Women and Power Conference headlined by Gloria Steinem. This is a great book for you if you’re a career focused person who’s looking for advice on how to strike balance, and where to focus your energies, as it can be hard to figure out on your own sometimes!
Charreah K. Jackson recently did a brilliant Facebook Live video with Carrie Sheffield on Bold TV that gives you a great idea of how passionate and inspiring this author is.
Our Dark Horse:
Perish by Lisa Black
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Bestselling author Lisa Black takes readers on a nailbiting journey to the dark side of justice as forensic expert Maggie Gardiner discovers troubling new details about her colleague Jack Renner, a homicide detective with a brutal approach to law and order . . .
The scene of the crime is lavish but gruesome. In a luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman’s body lies gutted in a pool of blood on the marble floor. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial. The killer could be any one of her associates.
Maggie knows that to crack the case, she and Jack will have to infiltrate the cutthroat world of high-stakes finance. But the offices of Sterling Financial seethe with potential suspects, every employee hellbent on making a killing. When another officer uncovers disturbing evidence in a series of unrelated murders, the investigation takes a surprising detour.
Only Maggie recognizes the blood-soaked handiwork of a killer who has committed the most heinous of crimes—and will continue killing until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice, while her conscience keeps telling her: she’s next.
Lisa Black is a master of suspense, and her mysteries always have a twist. Kirkus Reviews points out “Black’s Gardiner and Renner investigations graft a quirky social justice sensibility onto a solid backbone of detection.” Pretty cool! Black is a member of Rogue Women Writers, a group of international female thriller writers, along with many other huge names in crime writing such as KJ Howe, and S. Lee Manning among others.
Lisa Black spent over twenty years in forensic science, first at the coroner’s office in Cleveland Ohio and now as a certified latent print examiner and CSI at a Florida police dept. Her books have been translated into six languages, one reached the NYT Bestseller’s list and one has been optioned for film and a possible TV series, so get reading this perfect page-turner before it gets picked up for the big screen!