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VNM Book Encouragement Club | February Book Introduction

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I’m super excited for this month’s book! It’s been on my list for awhile and I can’t wait to steep in all of Franchesca’s brillance. Below you’ll find details about the book, daily page goals, plus a free printable goal tracker.

As always, before we dive in, I want to say this:

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against us. If you goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

Need more support with this? Check out these 2 posts:

WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK:

Ive been a huge fan of Franchesca Ramsey for a long time. Her comedic YouTube channel tackles difficult topics around race, identity, and social justice in an easy to understand & digest format. Her work has helped me learn so much over the years. She’s not only helped me learn how to take deeper responsibility for my own actions, but she’s also given me a whole dictionary of language to support me in having difficult conversations with other people too. Her content has been majorly influential in guiding me through the process of calling people out & in, and holding myself to the same level of accountability.

Bonus: it’s Black History Month and I love that we’re A. reading a book by a phenomenal BWOC and B. reading a book about having/continuing conversations about race & identity.

I’m super excited to read Franchesca’s first book and can’t wait to dive in with you!

ABOUT THE BOOK (VIA AMAZON):

In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars. 

Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls" went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage. 

In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other--from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space...the internet. 

WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY includes Ramsey's advice on dealing with internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.”

Click here to watch Franchesca talk about the book with one of my other favorite content creators, Marie Forleo.

DAILY PAGE GOALS:

Finish in 1 month:

9 page per day, 7 days per week | 63 pages / week
or
11 pages Monday - Friday, 8 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 63 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

5 pages per day, 7 days per week | 35 pages / week
or
6 pages M-F, 5 pages Saturday, 0 pages Sunday | 35 pages / week

GOAL TRACKER

To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download