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  • First up we're going to reveal our Adult Fiction #MyLitBox that features Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (@jeankwokauthor). Imagine the panic you’d go into if a loved one were to disappear. But how would you feel if as you searched for them, you realized you didn't know them well after all? This is the dilemma one sister faces as she searches for the other in Searching for Sylvie Lee. This is a story about family, rivalries, and secrets, and the lengths we go to for the ones we love and the items in this box hopefully serve as a reminder to leave your comfort zones and as a nod to the uniqueness of some of the destinations we are introduced to in this novel.
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  • *taps mic* Is this thing still on? We're back to celebrate this month's #MyLitBox(es)! We are so excited to feature two titles from authors you've seen in #MyLitBox before and three amazing stories that we'll spend more time with this week. So without further ado, our June #MyLitBox selections are Pasty by Nicole Dennis-Benn (@ndennisbenn), With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (@acevedowrites), and Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (@jeankwokauthor). Which will you read first? 📚
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  • Happy Saturday! This weekend we're reading The Atlas of Reds and Blues by @devislaskar. What about you? What good books are you reading this weekend? 📚
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  • Our goal is to make the #MyLitBox signup process as simple as possible. All you have to do is visit www.mylitbox.com/shop, select the box type you're most interested in, head to check out and you're all set, we'll take it from there! Be like the little alien and sign up today!
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  • We could all imagine the panic we'd go into if a loved one were to disappear, but how would you feel if as you searched for them, you realized you didn't know them well after all? We get to watch this play out as one sister searches for another only to realize she's looking for someone she barely knew. Link in bio.
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  • The saying goes "love is where the heart is," but what does it mean when your love spans across an ocean? Who wins and who loses? The title selected for our Black Women are Lit! Box grapples with this question as we witness a mother choose between staying with her daughter or following a love that takes her away from home. If your curiosity is piqued, sign up today! Link in our bio.
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  • Do you know what your love language is? The heroine in our YA novel does, and heroine fits because, although not without challenges, she manages to balance a full plate in more ways than one. Join #MyLitBox today and get ready to receive the latest offering from an acclaimed author we all know and love that you've seen in My Lit Box before. We've already said too much! 🤫 Link in bio.
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  • If you're in the Los Angeles area, join us Sunday, May 19th from 3-5 PM at @findyourhilltop as we discuss The Sun Is Also a Star as it heads to the big screen! As always, participation is free so use the link in our bio to RSVP and we'll see you there!
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  • I cannot begin to put into words how amazing yesterday was! To everyone who came out to celebrate My Lit Box's three year anniversary, thank you! To everyone who has subscribed over the years, followed us, told a friend who told a friend, thank you! To everyone who sees value in this work, thank you! And most of all, to the beautiful, talented, gracious Yesika Salgado who shared yesterday with us, blessing us all with her words, her energy, her talent, I cannot thank you enough! xoxo, Sanura | 📷: @bridgettebianca
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  • One week from today we have the honor of hosting a reading and conversation with the one and only Yesika Salgado (@yesikastarr) as we celebrate #nationalpoetrymonth and My Lit Box's three year anniversary! There is still time to RSVP using the link in our bio and we can't wait to see you there!
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  • April will be a very special month for #MyLitBox as it will mark our THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! To celebrate we have the honor of hosting a reading and conversation with the AMAZING Yesika Salgado (@yesikastarr)! So if you're in the Los Angeles area please join us on Sunday, April 28th at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen (@findyourhilltop) from 3-5 PM for an afternoon of community and conversation! This event is FREE and all you have to do is RSVP using the link in our bio. See you there! .
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Is This Book For Me?

January 24, 2018

Recently I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and four books into the series I think it’s safe to say I’m addicted. Ever since I started reading this series, I’ve been ready, willing, and eager to talk to anyone who will listen about how much I’m enjoying it, what I think of the characters, and what I think will happen next. Just two weeks ago #BlackHogwarts started trending on Twitter, and Black Potterheads shared their love of this magical series by way of jokes and memes that made me laugh out loud.

Watching that joy play out on Twitter reminded me of what I love most about being Black. We have this keen ability to take what was not intended for us and make it our own. When J.K. Rowling put pen to paper and began to write this series, although we may not have been excluded I feel it is safe to assume Black boys and girls were not the targeted audiences. Time and time again various industries have taken it upon themselves to decide what we will and will not gravitate towards. Despite the success of Jordan Peele’s, Get Out, it is still in question whether horror films with Black casts will draw an audience.

Nonetheless, whether intended for us or not, we watch and read what we want. I have managed to fall in love with these books about a small, white, kid who happens to be a wizard as a 30-something-year-old Black woman who sticks close to reality. Because of My Lit Box, I have shaken the limitations I once placed on myself, and this freedom has allowed me to find myself in stories I never would’ve imagined, and the most unlikely place I’ve found so far has been in Young Adult novels.

I may not see my physical self, but I see young men and woman who face the same conflicts and struggle with the same emotions as I do.  When I want to ignore everything that tells me to do right, be good, and to take the high road when fulfilling the stereotype would be much easier I feel like Justyce McAllister in Dear Martin by Nic Stone. As someone who doesn’t believe in fairytales but believes in love, sometimes I feel like Natasha in The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I share Sonia and Tara’s grief over the loss of their father as they try to piece their lives back together and carry on in You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins. These are the characters, stories, and experiences I have been able to relate to in the books I least expected.

In the past I have been asked why, on occasion, I feature Young Adult novels in My Lit Box and my response is always “good books are good books” and that’s a conclusion I had to come to on my own first. I do not know which genre I will tackle next where I will see glimpses of myself, but I know I’m looking forward to it.

Sanura is the laugh out loud, solo traveling, book-loving, owner and founder of My Lit Box. When she’s not reading, you’ll find her planning her next adventure. You can follow Sanura’s latest reads and travel on Twitter & Instagram.

 

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