Read Soul Lit 2022 in honour of Black History Month

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Happy Black History Month! For me, Black History Month is everyday, but I enjoy that there is a month where I can devote some exclusive time to celebrating my people and learning even more about them. February is also the month when Read Soul Lit got its wings. It’s the month when we take the […]

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What had happened in 2021 and Goals for 2022…..

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Happy New Year! Wishing you good health, wealth, and reading in 2022!  I wish people a happy new year up to the end of the month of January. Although, I hear some people are superstitious about when to quit wishing people happy new year. Surprisingly, we are already 22 days into the New Year and […]

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Stella Prize 2021 Longlist Announcement

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I had the pleasure of watching the Stella Prize 2021 Longlist announcement  this morning on YouTube. It’s actually the first time I took the time to do that in a while. I don’t think I’ve followed any major literary prize closely since Bernadine Evaristo had to share The Booker Prize win with Margaret Atwood.  That […]

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ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 17 & 18

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  Day 17 – A 2010s Classic I couldn’t resist choosing Lighthead by Terrance Hayes. This was the first collection I read. Y him which wasn’t suggested to me by Danielle from Dani! Dany! Danie! On Instagram. I was not disappointed. His poetry is meaningful, intentional, and creative. I know poetry can often times turn […]

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Kindred


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Kindred takes place in 1976 and in 1815.  Dana a young African-American woman periodically experiences dizziness and black outs which enable her to go back in time to 1815.  The experience of going back to the slave days is shocking and terrible for her in the beginning.  She is extremely distressed since she has no […]

February 15, 2022

Stella Prize 2021 Longlist Announcement


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I had the pleasure of watching the Stella Prize 2021 Longlist announcement  this morning on YouTube. It’s actually the first time I took the time to do that in a while. I don’t think I’ve followed any major literary prize closely since Bernadine Evaristo had to share The Booker Prize win with Margaret Atwood.  That […]

March 4, 2021

Read Soul Lit Photo Challenge – Day 8 & Day 9


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Day 8: Book with a View Head Off & Split is my Spotlight of the day. Yes! Yes! Wow this poetry collection by the talented Nikki Finney! This poetry collection is a moving read that takes you through African American culture and history. You’ll just want to keep rereading. As a matter of fact, I’m […]

February 9, 2021

Read Soul Lit Photo Challenge Day 6 and Day 7


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    Day 6: Plant and a BookI will always mention Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May when some ask for recommendations of Black American authors. This book is so damn underrated! I hope one day Eric Charles May decides to release another book. I’d be the first one to purchase it.Bedrock faith has everything […]

February 8, 2021

OCM Bocas Prize 2020 Longlist


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Scrolling through my Instagram feed this morning I came across the announcement of the OCM Bocas Prize 2020 Longlist (9 longlist nominees), which I hadn’t heard of this prize.  This OCM Bocas Prize was first launched in 2011 and it awards Caribbean authors who hold citizenship or were born in the Caribbean.  Each category will […]

March 17, 2020

My Thoughts on Women’s Prize 2020 Longlist


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The Women’s Prize 2020 longlist was just announced very late in the evening few days ago.  I woke up to the news on Twitter the next day.  As disappointed as I was with the prize last year, you’re probably wondering what the heck am I doing on here posting about it this year.  I couldn’t […]

March 3, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 23 & 24


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Day 23 – Eternally Classic  Phenomenal Woman Four Poems Celebrating Women is definitely eternally classic….. The video below is of Maya Angelou reciting Phenomenal Woman.  It’s hard to believe she isn’t here anymore.                                             […]

February 24, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 21 & 22


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Day 21 –  December Wrap Up My December 2019 ended with a bang because I was lucky enough to read The Nickel Boys, Red at the Bone, and In West Mills. All three were five-star reads for me.  The Nickel Boys was saddening but a wonderfully told story shedding light on the horrors that took […]

February 22, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Days 19 & 20


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  Day 19 – Celebrate Good Times I can’t think of a better way to celebrate good times other than with friend, family, great food and drink. So this cookbook Jubilee: Recipes from two centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton–Martin came immediately to mind. I have a thing for cookbooks. I can read […]

February 20, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 17 & 18


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  Day 17 – A 2010s Classic I couldn’t resist choosing Lighthead by Terrance Hayes. This was the first collection I read. Y him which wasn’t suggested to me by Danielle from Dani! Dany! Danie! On Instagram. I was not disappointed. His poetry is meaningful, intentional, and creative. I know poetry can often times turn […]

February 18, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 15 & 16


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Day 15 – Cuz This Is Thriller!  Thrillers aren’t the genre I go to the most but they are starting to be the ones that I go to to decompress from all of the serious reads I pick up.  I chose Blanche Cleans Up (The Blanche White series #3) by Barbara Neely and A Little […]

February 16, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 13 & 14


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Day 13 – Biography or Memoir I chose the memoir by Michaela De Prince called Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.  After hearing her story on television many years ago, I was motivated to read her story.  I haven’t yet read this one but I have a feeling it’s going to be very […]

February 14, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 11 & 12


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Day 11 – 2020 Newbie As every year there are so many new releases and new authors appearing on the scene and 2020 is no different.  I decided to go with Stateway’s Garden by Jasmon Drain, gifted to me by Penguin Random House.  This debut work is a memoir of connected short stories that take […]

February 12, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 9 & 10


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Day 9 – Word Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates was the best representation of Word.  This letter written from a black father to his black son is a poignant must-read from Coates.  It was recommended by Toni Morrison, who deemed it to be required reading.  I hadn’t realized but apparently Coates is […]

February 10, 2020

Read Soul Lit Photo Challenge – Day 7 & 8


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Day 7 – Current Read My current reads are keeping me glued to the pages.  The Last Thing You Surrender by Leonard Pitts, Jr is the Read Soul Lit 2020 Read Along pick.  It is captivating everybody.  So glad to discover another interesting black American writer that I hadn’t read before.  I’ll definitely be combing the rest […]

February 8, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 5 & 6


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Day 5 – It’s a family affair!   I have quite a few possibilities on my shelves with this theme but the book that came to my mind first was The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips.  Now to be honest, this book has been sitting on my shelves for over 2 years. Why? Because I’m […]

February 6, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 3 & 4


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Day 3 – Roots and Books made me start looking deeply into my shelves.  Having started this year with the powerful memoir, Heavy by Kiese Laymon.  I felt like roots had to be taken figuratively and literally.  Combing my shelves I fell upon How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.  I forgot I […]

February 4, 2020

ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge 2020: Day 1 & 2


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Black History Month is finally here and has taken off with a blast!  Here’s where the photo challenge is at the moment for me: Day 1: ReadSoulLit TBR I’m a Booktube Prize judge this year and will be judging the first round which is happening this month.  This won’t deter me from picking up these […]

February 2, 2020

ReadSoulLit 2020


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Black History month is nearing and I’m writing today to let you know about what I have planned to celebrate it literarily.  Of course I’ll be hosting the 2020 #ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge over on Instagram.  Get your books and picture ideas ready.  This is one of the best moments to get book recommendations of black […]

January 18, 2020

Overview: My reading in 2019


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Quote:  “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…. The man who never reads only lives one.”                                                                            […]

January 1, 2020

24 Books to Christmas – Day 24


24 Books to Christmas, ReadSoulLit

Today’s my last day of recommendations before Christmas and for the year 2019!  Bravo! If you’ve stuck with me until the end.  I really appreciate it.  My last recommendation is another really big favorite and it’s by one of my favorite authors too.  I’m going to be talking briefly about Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat. […]

December 24, 2019

24 Books to Christmas – Day 23


24 Books to Christmas

It’s day 23 and we’re almost at the end of my 24 days of recommendations before.  Today I’ve decided to talk about Guy Delisle’s graphic novel Jerusalem:  Chronicles from the Holy City.  Now this was the first graphic novel I read by Guy Delisle.  His wife works for Médecins Sans Frontière, so they were sent […]

December 23, 2019

24 Books to Christmas – Day 22


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I fell upon The White Tiger in 2008 when it won the Booker Prize.   Of all the books on that shortlist, it stuck out to me the most.  I really enjoy reading about Indian culture.  I feel like with every book I read I learn something new about their culture.  That’s really stimulating. This […]

December 22, 2019