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7 Books Our Staff Are Diving Into This Year

From old favorites to new adventures, these stories have us hooked on reading.

By Danielle Wright With Houstonia Staff

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One of the best ways to fill in some down time is to dive into a great book. With the arrival of the new year, our staff has been busy outside of the office with these must-have books we cannot put down. 

From learning about the history of the feminism movement and the history of Cleopatra to an in-depth book of never-before-seen photography, these must-reads have the team anticipating the next page and upcoming chapters. 

Want to add a new book to your collection? Scroll ahead and shop seven books Houstonia Staff are loving. 

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall


"Every so often, I try to have down time and enjoy a great read. When I'm not updating myself on the latest fashion glossy, you can catch me reading Hood Feminism. Mikki Kendall vividly and articultatey details how woman of color are affecting in all aspects of our lives from childhood trauma, education, and food. It really goes deep into the real definition of the feminist movement." - Danielle Wright, Style Writer

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In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars by Mark Batterson


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"This is my jam! I try to give it a read every year to help me refocus and get charged up to chase after my dreams. It's more than a self help book or a motivational read. The author does an incredible job opening up the bible and teaching you what God is all about. I'm a huge fan of this book." - Jesse Hieb, Account Executive

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SPIKE by Spike Lee


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"As a fan of Spike Lee movies, I wanted to learn more from the African-American film director who created some of the most interesting and controversial films to date. The photo book takes a deep dive into Lee's track record in cinema, and some of the concepts and ideas behind his greatest films." - Shelby Stewart, Senior Staff Writer

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


"The Midnight Library caught my eye for a must-read this year. The main character travels through a library that allows her to see what life could be like if different decisions were made at different points of her life. She must choose which life is the most fulfilling, deciding ultimately what matters most!" - Stephanie Bartels, Digital Editor

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The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George


"This historical fiction novel told in first person as Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, is a work of art and will certainly play with your emotions. The author heavily researches historical facts and documents and you can trust that although the romantic feelings are created by the author’s imagination, the details surrounding them are certainly credible and factual. A must read for lovers of history and to better understand Cleopatra’s reign." – Amy Kinkead, Art Director

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Burning Wings by Kyra Bramble


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"Burning Wing’s is as close as you’ll get to Burning Man without actually having to physically be there. You can feel the sand and heat on your skin and hear the conversations being had as if you’re there. Not too mention, the writing is very clever! If you want to be taken on a journey of love, chaos, pain and unexpected adventure, this is THE book." - Geneva Diaz, Editorial Assistant

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El Arroyo's Big Book of Signs Volume Five Local


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"Embarrassingly, I'm on a novel hiatus at the moment. I've had trouble finding time to read and I end up falling asleep after a couple of pages when I open a book in bed at night. With that, my pick is El Arroyo's Big Book of Signs! Volume Five is the latest and greatest and equally as funny and entertaining as its predecessors. These never get old and I highly recommend keeping them easily accessible when you need a break and a laugh in your day!" - Marianna Corcoran, Marketing Director. 

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