5 Books I’m Excited About Reading This Month

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Around this time every year, I create a whole list of books that I promise myself I’m going to read before the year ends. And guess what – I have yet to complete those lists.  As a matter of fact, I have yet to finish a fourth of the books on those lists.  Well, if you read my previous post #19FOR2019, then you know that once again I’ve decided that I’m going to read more this year.  But, this time, I wanted to make sure I set more realistic goals that I could actually accomplish.

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I began trying to figure out why it has been so hard for me to start and finish my books these last few years.  Especially since I was such an avid reader while in high school and college.  Your girl use to be able to finish a book in less than a week; and some, I would even finish in two days (if they were that good).

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The answer came to me pretty quickly!  I read more back in the day because the books were always about topics that I was interested in (I know, that wasn’t that mind blowing).  But, the truth of the matter is, as we become adults, we take everything so seriously, even our reading.

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For example, I had committed myself to reading a bunch of self-help books.  Frankly, these types of books can be quite overwhelming.  Most of the time, the author is telling me all of these things that I need to do to fix my life.  And in the beginning, I’m all for the tips and advice that the authors give.  I take plenty of notes, and resolve to “fix my life”.  The next thing you know, those notes have been tossed somewhere in a corner, never to be seen again.  And sometimes I just stop reading/listening to the book all together.  At that rate, I would never finish a book again!

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So, this time around, I’ve decided to start reading more books that are about topics that I enjoy; like black history, women’s history, love, etc.  Books that have real storylines and a lesson at the end. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m always trying to be a better me, so I’m not completely done with self-help books.  I will just sprinkle them in a little less than what I’ve done in the past.  Also, instead of compiling this super long list of books that I’m going to read this year, I’m going to create a monthly goal that I will read at least one book before the month ends.

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And since it’s Black History Month, I decided that I would find a few books that surround the history and story of African Americans.  Here’s a list of the five books that I can’t wait to read.  I’ve already finished Barracoon, so expect a quick book review on this one. It was quite informative to say the least.

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

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On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals by Nikki Giovanni

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Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence: A Mother’s Story by Lucia Kay McBath

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

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If your goal is to read more this year, my advice to you is read what you enjoy.  Don’t take it too seriously.  Personally, I feel like there is a lesson in every book that is written.  So, if you want to read a romance novel, a comedy, a history book, or a self-help book, do it.  Read what you like!  Just READ!!!

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