Books I enjoyed after I “broke up with social media”

So, in my post, He Made Me Do It (why I broke up with social media), I told you that getting my addiction to social media under control meant that, among other things, I had time to immerse myself in the world of fiction over the summer.  I thought I would share a couple of the books that I was able to complete.  I am always afraid of giving away too much so I keep my descriptions simple. 

They are great reads for those fall weekends when you just want to stay curled up on your couch in your pajamas.


5.  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I finally finished reading this novel this summer. It was a great read that gave me some insight into life as an African woman. Quite frankly it showed me, although divided by a vast ocean, African women and African-American women have a lot in common when it comes to equality, relationships, and insecurities.


4.  Lifeguard by James Patterson & Andrew Gross – I love a great thriller and James Patterson always seems to deliver. Although a little predictable, this was a great weekend read about wealth and greed.


3.  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – This book left me more curious about Ernest Hemingway and his writings. Unfortunately what I thought would end as a beautiful love story made me walk away questioning one’s ability to be monogamous long term. While I greatly enjoyed this book it took me a couple of weeks to finish it.


2.  Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey – I picked this book up at the Beaufort Linen Company because I was interested in hearing a story told in the voice of a Southern White Woman. It was a great read about a southern family  dealing with the reality of life and the curve balls it seems to throw at you. I enjoyed this book so much I finished it in a day.


1.Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – AWESOME BOOK!!!! If you don’t read anything else I highly recommend you read this one. Some may say I got into this book because I am a lawyer.  Not true!  I think this is a wonderful book that tells a story that everyone could identify with. I am in awe of how Jodi Picoult makes a story come alive. I felt a wide range of emotions, from crying uncontrollably to laughing out loud, while reading this book about race and hate.  Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down.

If you decide to read any of these please let me know what you think! Also, if you have read a great book lately please share. I am always looking for a great read.

Published by Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

2 thoughts on “Books I enjoyed after I “broke up with social media”

  1. I recently read Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. This book was great!! It is basically a story about changing your frantic life for a simpler more rewarding life. GREAT READ!!

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