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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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  • Next up is our YA box featuring With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (@acevedowrites). With the Fire on High introduces us to Emoni Santiago, a teenage single mother who makes magic in the kitchen but food isn’t the only thing on her plate. In addition to being a mother, she’s a student trying to figure out what’s next, like your average high school senior. With obligations to her family taking priority, she doesn’t know if her dreams can become realities and the items in this month's box would hopefully nudge her in the direction of those dreams.
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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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  • 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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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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