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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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  • 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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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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