Black History Month in literature (TBR)

I don’t usually post monthly ‘to-be-read’ piles, but I want to make an exception for this month, as it is Black History Month (BHM). While I’ve never celebrated this themed month before — I was never aware that it existed in the United States — I figured that this year was a great time to start doing it through one of my favorite mediums, literature.

This month I’m going to be reading books written by black writers. Given that I’ve got a lot of books sitting on my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads by African or African-American authors, I think this is the best time to get to them. However, just as a disclaimer, I’d like to say that I do plan on reading African and African-American authors in the other months of the year instead of just in February.

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How time and place have affected my reading experiences

When I read I usually associate what I’m reading with the place I’m in. With music is the exact same thing, everytime I listen to Nina Simone I remember being in Paris because her songs were my go-to play set while I was there, for example.

Today I decided to share some of the books that, in my brain, are attached to a special location or time and what memories they bring out. Before I get to the actual post I just want to leave a little disclaimer that this is more of a dive into my memories than an actual book list. That said, here’s my list.

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My Childhood In Books (Top Ten Tuesday)

In today’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by the lovely girls over at The Broke and The Bookish, I want to share with you the books (and authors) that had the biggest impact in me as an eight to twelve year-old bookworm. You can see a specimen of the species Childus Bookwormus aged five in her natural habitat below, she had been interrupted while feeding on her daily dose of fiction.

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I’d like to take this opportunity and own up to my privilege. I grew up in a family that had enough money and other means to support my love of books and was actively interested in cultivating this habit in me. I am thankful for it every single day.

I also want to thank the authors who wrote these books — even though they will never read this — for having created such lively characters and an alternative world where I could fall back into whenever I so desired. I couldn’t be the reader I am today if it hadn’t been for these works of fiction.

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Not finishing books

Not finishing books you started is something that I don’t see a lot of people talking about, even though I’m 85% certain we all do it.

I hate leaving a project half completed, it makes me itchy and feel anxious. I like having closure, in this case closing a book and saying “I hated this book, but hey, I finished it so I’m entitled to my opinion!” However, because I force myself to finish something I’m hating, I get into a reading slump where my desire to read goes to level zero. It makes me feel like something I loved doing before (reading) has now become a chore.

That’s why, as of 2016, I started giving up on some books. Since then the reading slumps have become less frequent and I’ve come to terms with book-induced anxiety — I got better at managing it, but it’s still a work in progress! I even created a Goodreads shelf called “will-not-finish”. (Look at me, all committed!)

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2017 to-be-read (TBR) shelf

The upside of being a part of the book-loving community is being up to speed with the latest literary news. The latest releases are included in this, obviously. However, the downside is adding way too many books to the “to-be-read” shelf, more than I have the time for.

Every year I add around 160 books to this shelf on Goodreads. But because I get excited very easily, some of them I end up not wanting to read at all until eventually I forget about them. The books I included in this list are an exception — I added these books to my “to-be-read” shelf in 2016 and I intend to read them in 2017.

I just hope that around this time next year I’ll be able to say that I’ve completed this challenge I set myself. But without further ado, let’s move onto my top twelve books I want to read in 2017 that I didn’t get a chance to read in 2016. Phfew, that was long!

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