My Summer Book Shelf

After two weeks without reading an actual book, but ironically reading a lot about books and authors, I am excited to share with all of you how my bookshelf will look this summer. 

Books by Fearless Women of the World

  1. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood.

2. The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.

3. The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

It’s 1944, and sixteen-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. 

4. Spirited by Julie Cohen

A moving and gripping story about three women who keep unspeakable truths.

5. The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan

A celebration of community, family, and the value of hard work in small-town America.

6. Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. 

Within every woman, there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species.

7. Coffueled by Marguga/Maria Andrea Guzman

A compilation of words written over coffee cups around Madrid’s coffee shops. A written and visual journey about a year of creation, destruction, and introspection.

8. Fearless by Marcela Franco Rivera

A compilation of personal and inspirational answers to the question, “what would I do if I weren’t afraid?”

Book about a topic I know absolutely nothing about:

9. Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. 

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Re-Reading Classics for the Soul

10. Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez

 Una de las aventuras literarias más fascinantes de nuestro siglo.

11. Animal Farm by George Orwell

George Orwell’s timeless and timely allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism.


One of my 2020 resolutions is to be more mindful of my book selection process and to try my best to ensure my reading is diverse enough. Also, I pledged to myself to read mostly books written by females authors. The above list makes me really proud. Let me know if you add any of these books to your summer shelf or even better share yours. 

I will, of course, share all the book reviews through @emandtheshelf’s Instagram account. And I might feature some books here at the blog as well. 

I have some book shopping to do!

Music Lover?

One of my best friends just did a kick-ass out of this world playlist for her birthday. It has songs in order from 1983 to the date.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6TwBeNMTcX2RZurglU1PEY?si=o_Zkci_oRUmuWG5WVK9emw

Blogs and Accounts that have been inspiring me lately:


Fearless e-book release is June 10th!

Click the picture to pre-order the book today!

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