#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge Day 12 “If you like that, you’ll like this.”

    

The Warmth of Other Suns is my favorite non-fiction for many reasons. It reads like fiction and I learned a lot while reading it. If you haven’t picked it up, you need to. It’s extraordinary! If you like this, you’ll love The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks. This little gem covers her earliest poetry from World War II through the turbulent 1960s until her death in 2000. These poems talk about life in the African-American community – racism, survival, slums, etc. Beautifully lyrical poems that no lover of poetry should miss out on. This poetry collection is a natural extension of The Warmth of Other Suns.

The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson, paperback, 620 pages (Vintage Books)

The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks – Edited by Elizabeth Alexander, hardcover, 142 pages (Literary Classics of the United States, Inc.)

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Literary Goals in 2018

                  

Hello All! I’m back and ready to write.  I took a very significant break from this blog and from my YouTube channel.  Needless to say, it was a lot.  I was everywhere and nowhere and that wasn’t what I wanted.  Having taken the time to reflect and to make some changes to my blog, I feel I’m more clear-headed about what I want to achieve through blogging.  But before I tell you all about those goals, let me take you back briefly through my year reading in 2017 because despite not blogging I was reading.

Now my reading goals for 2017 were specific and sadly I didn’t accomplish them completely.  However I’m still pretty happy about what I read and how much I read. I had a goal to read all of Bernice McFadden’s novels and I failed.  I read all of her novels except, My Name is a Butterfly (out of print but is being released this year :)) and Finding Amos.  I didn’t reread The Book of Harlan and Glorious.  Although, I’m sure I’ll reread The Book of Harlan one day.  As for  the others I read for the first time, they were all very good and each had something special about them. They are like her children.  McFadden really has a way with telling a story and inventing characters.  Of all the ones I read I think Glorious is the book I least preferred and that was because I felt it was too short.

I encourage you all to take a year to read one author in order of publication.  It’s a wonderful way to learn about writing and how an author hones her/his skills over time.  We are all passionate readers but when we sit down to write we forget about the challenge of the exercise of writing.  It’s not easy and it is quite a solitary activity for most of the time.

My next challenge was to read more Caribbean authors.  Unfortunately I didn’t read as many as I wanted to, but I’m not giving up on that one.  I also wanted to read more pages last year than I did in 2016 but failed at that too.  I was short about 200 pages. Oh well but I read 59 books and almost got to the page count so I read more big books this year.  That really showed for my Goodreads Big Book challenge last year when I read 13 and had pledged to read 10.  I was really happy about that.  I read some great big books and only 2 of them were disappointing – American Pastoral by Philip Roth and Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult.  Let’s just try not to dwell on those 2.  Two duds out of 59 ain’t bad!  Lastly I pledged to read at least one Russian novel and that just never happened.  Every time I culled my shelves for something to read, I skipped right over the Russian novels – too daunting.  One day…

Now on to my goals for 2018, I have set my Goodreads challenge to read 60 books this year.  I usually set my goal at 50 and always go over.  I hope this will push me to read more and watch less YouTube and television.  I’m primarily looking forward to increasing my page count significantly.   Next challenge will be to read more Caribbean authors. I hope to read at least ten. My last reading challenge is to participate in #readingblackout which is spearheaded by Denise D. Cooper at Art Books Live Denise D. Cooper on YouTube.  She’ll be reading only African – American writers this year.  I’ll be joining her for January, February, and March.  I may join in again later on in the year.  If you’re interested I encourage you to join in too if only for a month.

You know #readsoullit will be going on in February in honor of Black History Month as usual with a photo challenge on Instagram and a read along on YouTube.  I’ll be posting on that shortly.  Now another literary challenge will be for me to keep a bullet journal of my reading and my life and most of all to continue writing the novel I’ve been working on.  I’d really liked to write more and to eventually get to the point where I finish something – short story collection, novel, etc. anything!

 

So that’s all on what I’m reading and on what I’m doing literary wise for the year.  I hope I haven’t once again bitten off more than I can chew but I think I can make these challenges work for me.  What about you?  Have you decided to make any plans to read or to write something?  Or are you one of those people who clams up once the challenge has been announced?  If you are no worries.  I can be like that sometimes too.  You know I’m Fickle Fred. 😉

Happy New Year to you all!!! I wish you loads of excellent reading and writing in 2018!!!

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The Blogger Recognition Award

I was totally surprised when I was nominated last month for The Blogger Recognition award by Sam from Taking on a World of Words!  This really came at the right moment because I was having one of those days you know, should I keep blogging and doing videos, etc.  This made me realize that I am doing something right.  Thanks again Sam!BR_Award  This is much appreciated.  You should all go and check out Sam’s blog.  She writes reviews, www Wednesday posts, NaNoWriMo posts, book club reflections, and much more….

Eve over at Edge of the Night is the creator of this award, which introduces and praises enthusiastically bloggers and the blogging community.  Thanks Eve for this wonderful initiative!

So here’s how it works:

1.  Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

2.  Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.  Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

3.  Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

4.  Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

 

My Beginnings….

Well I have been an avid reader since I can remember.  However since I entered my 40s, I’ve become increasingly interested in writing.  Journaling is something I do but it wasn’t giving me that extra push I needed to really embark on writing.  So I tried to think of the best way to combine my old/constant love reading with my new love writing and that’s how Brown Girl Reading was born.  The first year was a bit of a bust but by the second year I was consistently writing and enjoying blogging and discovering other blogs.  Being laid up with a torn tendon also pushed me further into writing since I had to spend 3,5 months sitting down, stuck at home.  That horrible experience transformed me in many ways good and bad.  The writing and propulsion in my reading has been the best change.  I started my blog  with a different name but Brown Girl Reading came into being January 1,2015. The name suits me and my blog perfectly.

Advice…

Love writing and reading in the case of book bloggers.  Other bloggers just love what you’re writing about.

Blog consistently, whatever consistently is for you.

If things don’t look or aren’t like you want them, change them. You are the mistress/master of your blog.

Search out new bloggers to broaden your horizons and to connect with them.

Enjoy yourself!

 

I nominate:

Reading Has Purpose

Word By Word

Estella’s Revenge

My Bookish Reveries

Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends

Madhuri Blaylock Writes

Inklingstime

The Reading Refugee

Fleur De Curl

A Little Blog of Books

Reading in Bed

Folklore & Literacy

Mary Okeke Reviews

Les Reveries de Rowena

Highly Textured Librarian

Much continued, excellent blogging to you all!

 

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.