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Lilly Singh on Her Dream Book Club Guests and Fave Orgs to Support

Lilly Singh
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May 19, 2022

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Say ‘hi’ to actor, producer, and creator extraordinaire Lilly Singh. In between running her amazing book club, Lilly’s Library, and writing her own books (her latest, “Be a Triangle” dropped in April), she’s here to share her go-to reading recs, shopping faves, and more. 

Smartest purchase I’ve made lately…I got a Tonal, which is an at-home workout machine that attaches to your wall, and I am already obsessed with it. As someone who struggles to stay focused while working out, it’s a lot of fun, sleek, and aesthetically pleasing.

Best recent Amazon find…I have a problem with spilling drinks, and I found these soda can lids that pop onto your can to keep them carbonated and help keep them from spilling.

Fave Asian American-owned brands to shop…Let’s give a shout-out to Live Tinted because I love their eye patches and use them on the regular. Another shout-out to Diaspora Co., which is a company that sells spices directly from South Asia. Both brands are solving problems around the world — whether it’s fair spice trade or making products for people with brown skin.

Fave Asian American orgs to support…In addition to AAPI Heritage Month, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. NAAPIMHA and Asian Mental Health Collective are two organizations that are making mental health more approachable and accessible to AAPI communities, including connecting you with professionals of the same or similar ethnic backgrounds.

Dream book club guests…Michelle Obama, Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai, and Brené Brown.

Books I always recommend to someone going through a reading slump…Besides my own books, for nonfiction I recommend “The Four Agreements,” which is simple, straight to the point, impactful, and has really changed my life. In terms of fiction, “Tell Me How to Be.” It’s about an Indian American mother and son who have secrets of their own, but bond over telling them to each other. 

Podcasts I’m currently obsessed with…“On Purpose with Jay Shetty,” “The Highest Self Podcast” with Sahara Rose, and “The School of Greatness.”

Psst: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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