It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of books and magazines.  One of the first things I check when visiting a new home is the bookshelf. I always get a ton of new books for the holidays and it takes around this time of year (March) to start reading them. I’m also obsessed with magazines. I always have a handful of magazines in my backpack. I love the diversity and design of a good magazine. So I want to start something new – an exchange if you will. I will share with you what I’m reading and, in return, I want to know what you’re reading. What should I be reading? What should Richmond be reading? I want to hear from you.

Here is what I’m reading and recommend:

I Am Malala (The girl who stood up or education and was shot by the Taliban) by Malala Yousafzai (with Christina Lamb). Malala Yousafzai is the young Nobel Peace Prize finalist who fights for education of women and girls in her home of Pakistan (book cover photo above).


L.A. Son (My Life, My City, My Food) by Roy Choi with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan.

Amazing chef Roy Choi released his bio about growing up in Cali and the climb to the top of the Cali food scene. Choi writes about his life, his food, and he adds a bunch of recipes. I’m looking forward to reading it.


If you don’t know about Frank 151 Magazine – You’re Welcome. It’s my favorite magazine out right now. What makes it special is that every issue curated by culture trendsetters with amazing style and taste. The latest issue is a Paris based photography issue curated by PPP (Pain O choKolat + Pigalle + Pompon. It a dream but I can’t wait for the Cheats Movement to curate an issue of Frank 151 (or at least RVA Mag’s Photo Edition). #WESEEIT


Oxford American is great writing and great photos. And once a year they drop their amazing Southern Music Issue. This year’s music issue focuses on the music of Tennessee. Every year I’ve learned something amazing from Oxford American’s music issue. I’m sure this year will be no different.

There you have it for this month. Let me know what you’re reading?  Make sure to share and follow The Cheats Movement on Facebook, Twitter, and instagram. #WESEEIT

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