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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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The Books I Read in 2018

December 30, 2018

As I’ve shared with you all before, I’m a slow reader (no shame here!) so the fact that I was able to read more titles than the ones I selected for My Lit Box is no small feat. My 2018 tally was 31 books, 27 of them by writers of color, 27 of them by women writers, 5 of them poetry, 1 non-fiction (I have to do better here), all of them worth it (the ones that weren’t amazing I didn’t even finish and we won’t even talk about those). Below I’ll list all the books I read this year with a few blurbs about the ones that stood out to me the most. So without further ado, let’s get into my 2018 reads!

Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – When Oprah says read a book, YOU READ IT! Even without Oprah’s seal of approval, this novel was on my TBR list but I admit she did help move it up the list and I’m glad I got to it sooner than later. For me, it was a nice change of pace to read a story that wasn’t solely rooted in oppressive forces, but we got to a witness the changes a relationships go through when matters are out of either persons hands

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – I was a little apprehensive going into this book because the title is a bit on the nose, but there was more to this novel that left me wanting to know more by the end. Not only do you have this imbalanced relationship between sisters but you learn pieces of their pasts that helped shape the relationship they have with one another. This book is a quick read that is funny in some parts, sad in others, but good all around

A River of Stars | An American Marriage | Heads of the Colored People: Stories | The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore | My Sister, the Serial Killer | North of Dawn | Praise Song for the Butterflies | Silver Sparrow | Speak No Evil | The Kinship of Secrets | The Proposal | The Storm | Welcome to Lagos | Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Young Adult Fiction

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson – Have you ever read a book that stuck with you long after the last page? Monday’s Not Coming was that book for me. If you’ve read her debut novel, Allegedly, you know that Tiffany D Jackson doesn’t shy away from the heavy topics. In Monday’s Not Coming, she tackles the issue of Black girls going missing and how no one seems to care but there’s a twist to this story that I won’t ruin for you. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – I actually read this book before Monday’s Not Coming and when I was done I was intrigued by the similarities I was able to draw between the two stories. In More Happy Than Not you have someone trying their hardest to forget then wishing only to remember. I am a fan of Adam Silvera’s imaginative storytelling and this book sealed the deal for me.

American Street | The Poet X | Finding Yvonne | Monday’s Not Coming | This Is What It Feels Like | From Twinkle, With Love | Darius the Great Is Not Okay | More Happy Than Not | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Poetry

Corazon & Tesoro by Yesika Salgado – Yesika is one of those writers where you swear she lives inside your head and your heart because everything is so damn relatable. From family, to friendship, to love and heartbreak her words shatter me and put me back together in a way I’ve never experienced. Do yourself a favor and read her work and if she’s ever performing in a town near you, be sure to go see her perform.

Dear Ancestors | Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth | Corazon | Tesoro | Black Girl Magic: A Poem

So there you have it, my 2018 reads! My goal each year is to always read a few more books than I did the previous year so my 2019 goal is 35 books with at least 5 of them being non-fiction titles. Can I do it? I think so! What are your 2019 reading goals? Share them with me in the comments below!

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. | This post’s main image is by Jessica Ruscello on Unsplash

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