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  • Los Angeles, please join us on Sunday, August 25th from 3-5 PM as we discuss My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. In this short novel, we'll follow sisters Korede and Ayoola, who have their routine down. Big sister constantly comes to the rescue of little sister and cleans up her messes, literally. Pick up a copy from your local library, your favorite neighborhood bookstore, or online and we hope to see you there! Happy reading!
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  • For the past week I'm sure a lot of us have been processing what a world without Toni Morrison looks and feels like, and I'm sure a lot of us are still trying to figure that out. But that process is so much easier when you can do it with a community of people who love her as much as you do. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this past Sunday to reflect on what Toni Morrison means to us all. Thank you to @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la for leading the charge and inviting #MyLitBox to join in the celebration of her life. Thank you to the @reparations.club for opening their doors and creating a space where we were allowed to feel. Thank you to @shondabuchanan and @bridgettebianca for sharing photos. And most of all, thank you to everyone who filled that room. I hope the memories and experiences shared in that room comfort you. ❤
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  • As excited as we are to hold space tomorrow evening for Toni Morrison here in Los Angeles,  we wanted to do the same here online. Use the comments below to share your favorite books, passages, quotes, and memories of Ms. Morrison. The celebration of her life and legacy continues!
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  • Los Angeles, please join @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la & My Lit Box as we come together to celebrate the incomparable Toni Morrison, this Sunday, August 11th from 5-7 PM at @reparations.club. A screening of the BBC documentary "Toni Morrison Remembers" will begin at 5 PM and will be followed by a community-driven discussion of Morrison's life and legacy. We'd love to see you there! RSVP using the link in our bio ❤
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  • What can we say about Toni Morrison that hasn't already been said? She was a gifted writer who centered the experiences of Black women and men and she did so unapologetically and she passed that unapologetic spirit on to all of us. Whether we write or not she gave us permission to be seen, be heard, to tell our own stories in our own voices and for that reason alone we should all be grateful. Rest well, Ms. Morrison. ❤
  • ⬅️SWIPE➡️ And just like that it's August and we have three new books for you to choose from!
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*Original My Lit Box*
By now I’m sure a lot of us have realized that sometimes it’s better to stand out than to fit in, but what happens when that desire to fit in or belong is too strong to ignore? In next month’s adult fiction selection, we’ll see how someone grapples with this from their childhood into adulthood.
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*Black Women are Lit*
In this collection of short stories, the author allows us to witness the relationships between estranged lovers, fathers and daughters, heroes and those in need of saving and these stories will take us from the States to the Caribbean and back again.
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*YA is Lit*
In our YA selection, we meet a cast of characters with pasts they’d rather put behind them, but they all find that you can' always outrun your past, entirely.

If you’re curious about any if these titles,be the first to find out by subscribing today!
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  • Happy pub day, @kalishaonline! If the cover art doesn't stop you dead in your treks, the synopsis will. "On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer’s twin sister, Summer, walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again. The door to the roof is locked, and the snow holds only one set of footprints. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing Black woman, Autumn must pursue the search for her sister all on her own." Is Speaking of Summer on your TBR list?
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  • #LiteraryLA join us Sunday, Juy 28th from 3-5 PM at @findyourhilltop for an afternoon of community and conversation as we discuss Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala. "Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people." If you have a book loving friend in the Los Angeles area, tag them below so they don't miss out. RSVP using the link in our bio and we'll see you there!
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  • Where is the time going? Here were are, six months down in the year, and we've had the pleasure of sharing these six books with you so far! Which have been your faves?
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  • ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Happy Sunday!!! Let's host a giveaway, shall we? We have 5 copies of Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (@bhathenatanaz) and one of them could be yours! To enter all you have to do is (1) Follow @mylitbox (2) like this post and (3) tag a book loving friend below. That's it! Winners must reside in the US and entries will be accepted through Wednesday (7/3) and the winners will be announced Thursday (7/4). Good luck!
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  • Our final June #MyLitBox is our Black Women are Lit! Box featuring Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Denn (@ndennisbenn). In this novel, we witness a mother grapple with tough decisions as she makes a choice between her first love and her daughter, leaving her daughter to grapple with some tough decisions of her own. We wanted the items in this month's box to serve as validation that everyone deserves the right to exist as their full selves and all that entails. .
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How My Reading Habits Have Changed Since Starting My Lit Box

January 4, 2018

When I’m reading for leisure, I tend to read very slowly. I’ve never felt like reading was a contest so when I decide to read a book, I take my time. I read a few pages in the morning, a few more on the train, maybe a few more on a lunch break, and a few more before I fall asleep at night.

Update: This is the old me.

Since starting My Lit Box in April 2016 things have changed. The one constant is that I still read rather slowly, but since I have the great responsibility of selecting books to share with you on what used to be a monthly basis, I needed to adopt some practices that would allow me to read more books. These are how my reading habits have changed the most:

1. 25% and QUIT!
If I started a book, I finished a book! The idea of having unfinished books on my shelf used to DRIVE ME CRAZY! Honestly, I had no idea what “DNF” meant before 2016. But that had to change, so I imposed a 25% rule. I have to be invested in a book by the time I am a quarter of the way through it. If not, on to the next! From what I’ve heard in the book world, I’m quite generous because I’ve heard of people bailing after page one or one chapter, but I feel like 25% of a book is enough time for you to grab my attention.

2. I use an E-reader now.
I am a book snob. An “I love the smell of books” book snob. An “e-readers do not compare to the feel of a REAL BOOK in my hands” book snob. But this too has changed because I quickly found out that ARCs (advance review copies) are delivered a lot quicker when you opt for the e-version. In addition to this convenience, it also allows me to carry more books with me at a time. I am CONSTANTLY considering books for inclusion in My Lit Box, so it’s a must that I have as many as possible at my fingertips at any time.

3. I’m more honest.
This one kind of ties back to point #1, but I had to learn to be honest. Pre-My Lit Box, if you asked me to review a book, I would have hemmed and hawed, and my final review at worst would have still been polite. Post-My Lit Box, my reviews are downright brutal (in my head only, of course) and I have to be this way. I am honored so many people look at My Lit Box and trust the recommendations I share, and I take that responsibility to heart. Every title won’t resonate with every reader, but I want to be able to rest, assured that I recommended what I truly believed was a good book.

4. I’ve broadened my tastes.
Before My Lit Box, I strictly read adult fiction that was mostly written by Black women. This is entirely fine and something I’m very proud of, but I knew if I wanted to be true to My Lit Box’s motto of highlighting writers of color I needed to open myself up to not only other from other backgrounds but to new genres as well.

I used to shy away from young adult novels deeming them immature and unrelatable, and I just knew there was no chance I’d see anyone who looked anything like me. I was wrong. The Hate U Give. History Is All You Left Me. The Sun Is Also A Star. The Education of Margot Sanchez. All Young Adult books I devoured and loved.

My Lit Box has introduced me to amazing stories and talented writers I fear I may never have been introduced to otherwise and I think I’m a better and stronger reader because of it. Since your love affair with literature began, how have your reading habits evolved? Share some of these changes with me below in the comments!

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.

  • Reply
    Diana Eng
    January 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I love this post! 25% ? That is really a generous amount!

    • Reply
      mylitbox
      January 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Since hitting publish on this post, I think I’m going to scale this down to about 10% lol

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