At the start of this year, I said I would read a book per week. I’ve read a total of 25 and I’m currently reading 2 at the same time. The goal is to go a little further by finishing at least 55 books before the year ends. And I think I can do it!
When I started this challenge I had so much drive and enthusiasm to learn and rapidly progress. But by week 5 things were already drying up. I looked to Youtube to research the benefits and effects of daily reading and what I found gave me the right impetus to come back stronger.
One Youtuber said that it can be a bit boring at the start of your journey, but if you hold firm, push yourself and do the dull part of taking more time out of your day to read, you’ll begin to experience a wonderful and unprecedented change in behaviour and mindset. You’ll get used to it and even begin to prioritise it. And now, having pushed past that hurdle, I totally agree with them.
I’m very proud of the commitment and dedication I’ve shown over the past few months and I’m excited to experience and enjoy the amazing books I have yet to read. In fact, I just joined a book club the other day and my first meeting is next month. Yaaaas. I’ll be surprised if I don’t burst in all direction from all the joy before then!
My favourite books I’ve experienced – because reading them really was an experience – are: Becoming by Michelle Obama and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
I’ll continue to predominately read works by POC authors because growing up my range was limited to white writers, unfortunately, as they dominated – and still dominate – the world of literature. For my identity, knowledge of self and for my culture, I’m understanding how necessary it is to connect with stories, facts and language that pertain to and celebrate the Afro-Caribbean diaspora.
Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené
Jazz by Toni Morrison