Did you add “read more” to your list of 2016 resolutions? Not sure how to begin on your literary journey? Don't worry, we're here to help. building your bookshelf is similar to developing your palate, it takes time. Below are a few solid book recommendations, along with our top 3 reasons why you should add reading to your daily routine:

1.) Reading makes you Smarter

Scientific studies show that reading makes you smarter. With each new book, you sharpen your analytical thinking, enhance your vocabulary and broaden your worldview. In addition, reading helps you clearly articulate your ideas to others. Repeat. Reading - not Netflix - will help you strengthen your political arguments. 

2.) Reading improves your Self-discipline 

Let’s face it because of digital media (Twitter! Facebook! SnapChat!) our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Reading a book forces you to focus. To get the most out of a narrative, you must fixate on the plot and characters of the book. In doing this, your brain practices concentration; in turn continually focusing your mind leads to self-discipline. Trust me, you can put the iPhone down. 

3.) Reading teaches you History

Reading teaches you history and expands your cultural knowledge. You can explore countries and gain a deeper understanding of how people live through reading. And it's cheaper than a plane ticket!

PULLEDTOGETHER will help you make reading a priority in 2016.  Our guest contributor, Glory, of Well-Read Black Girl has complied a reading list to kick us off:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Native Son by Richard Wright

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Each month we will share our reading list. In the meantime, tell us what books you’ve enjoyed in the past, and what genres grab your interest!

Glory is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club based in Brooklyn, which promotes diversity in literature. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram.

Blood Orange Old Fashioned Recipe


  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 slice blood orange
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Splash of soda water(optional, I prefer mine without)
  • Ice
  1. In a double rocks glass, muddle the cherry and blood orange in the sugar. Remove orange slice.
  2. Add bitters and bourbon and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add ice.
  3. Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a blood orange peel.


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