Are you always make a New Year’s Resolution to read more?
Do you wish you had more friends that like to read?
Are you looking to make more young professional friends?

If you answered yes to any of the above, welcome to the 2023 Pasadena Jaycees Reading Challenge and Book Club!


Read along and complete challenges every month. Or listen to the audio versions if you prefer! Meetup every third month for general discussion of the previous books, and a focused discussion of that month.


You can start reading the first book right now! First meetup will be in March in Pasadena – location and date TBA.


@pasadenajaycees on Instagram and Facebook for updates and more information!


Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brené Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. https://www.runn.io/blog/dare-to-lead-summary

Need to know:  Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Professional Development, Leadership

Challenge: Listen to an episode of Brene’s Podcast – Unlocking Us.


Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch

Need to know:  Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Drama

Challenge: Bake! https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017882-black-cake


Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Need to know:  Poetry, Non-Fiction, Self-Affirmation, Inspirational, Humorous

Overview: From the creator and star of Hamilton, with beautiful illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.

Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos!

Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.

Challenge: Create your own Daily Self-Affirmations for a solid week ALT: Watch Hamilton or In the Heights!!

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