I’m baaack. I’ve missed my space over here and I’m ready to get back to blogging about Black books and the people who write them. First off, I figured I’d give you my favorite reads of 2014.

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Toni Morrison is my absolute favorite writer of all time, with her novel Sula being my favorite novel by her. I’m also in love with Song of Solomon, and Paradise. I just finished her novel, Jazz, last week, and I plan on picking up Tar Baby sometime this summer. 2015 will be the year of the re-read, when I pick up the Bluest Eye and Beloved. Yes, Morrison is serious enough for me to schedule reading her novels a year in advance.

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I’m a novel kinda gal, but I have slowly come to realize that non-fiction can be just as fascinating as fiction, especially if written in a narrative, conversational tone. This kind of engaged writing usually goes hand in hand with memoirs and essay collections. I recently mapped out my annual reading list and noticed that the amount of memoirs and essay collections on it had grown tremendously, compared to three years ago, when the non-fiction books previously amounted to zero.

This list of 10 titles, pulled from my 2014 Must Read Shelf on Goodreads.com,  is a small testament to the variety of Black life in America. I thought it would be great to share these during Black History Month. [click to continue…]

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The last installment of my Novel Must Reads is finally here. I think these last seven novels may be my most most anticipated reads on the list. Can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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Forty Acres

15. Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith (2014) – This book comes out in July 1, and though I’ve never heard about the author and can’t find much about him online, I’m still REALLY intrigued by the synopsis: “Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. They invite him for a weekend away from it all… [where] Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery, but this time around, the black men are called ‘Master’. Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death.” (more)

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21 Novels that I Absolutely Positively Swear I’m Going to Read in 2014, Part II

January 15, 2014

More goodness in the form of my 2014 Must Read List. Click HERE for Part I.   8. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (2013) – James McBride’s novel about a young boy slave who travels the land disguised as a girl, while following the abolitionist John Brown, recently won the National Book Award. […]

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21 Novels That I Absolutely Positively Swear I’m Going To Read in 2014

January 15, 2014

I make promises to read specific books every year…and every year I fail. 2013 was no exception. Though I still met my goal of 45 books, only 15 of those were from my list of Must Reads. I’m easily distracted by new shiny titles, but here I am again, promising to get my ish together […]

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45th NAACP Image Award Nominations for Literature (2014)

January 10, 2014

The NAACP Award Nominations were announced yesterday, and of course the first thing I always look for are the nominations for best literature. Very disappointed that The Good Lord Bird by James McBride isn’t nominated. It won the National Book Award for goodness sake!! And yet again, Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah was passed up for another […]

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First Line Friday: Black Girl in Paris

January 9, 2014

“Paris. September 1986. Early morning. She is lying on her back in a hard little bed with her eyes closed, dreaming in French. Langston was here. There is a black girl in Paris lying in a bed on the fifth floor of a hotel in the Latin Quarter. Her eyes are closed against the soft […]

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Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston

January 7, 2014

  “I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality.” Today marks the 123rd anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s birth, and Google has honored her with  her very own doodle! One of the namesakes of this blog, Zora has inspired countless women to be exemplary, fierce, headstrong, proud. […]

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Favorite Reads of 2013

January 7, 2014

With this being the seventh day of 2014, I’m somewhat late with my Favorite Reads of 2013, but better late than never…as was the case last year when I never got around to doing a wrap up of my 2012 reads. I’m excited about my favorite reads. Looking over my ratings on Goodreads.com, I had […]

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