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2016 End of the Year Book List

2016 End of the Year Book List


I can be a total book nerd and I embrace that wholeheartedly.  I absolutely enjoy reading and find it hard to understand when others don’t. I’m the girl that finishes a 700-page book in 24 hours because I refuse to sleep, eat, or be a part of the human race until I make it to the back cover of the book.  I am the woman that gets so emotionally invested in a story I literally have to take a day off of work to recover.  I am a mistress of words and lover of thought provoking literature.  I am touched by the simplest string of letters forming a word of wisdom and caressed by stories that make love to my imagination. I can be left in a euphoric state of mind by simply being lead into the world of make believe and crossed with reality. So this whole paragraph could have been broken down in to one simple sentence: I love reading fiction and a bit of non. To be over sharing, I pretty much gave up on reading anything nonfiction after college.  

If it what I was reading wasn’t the news or researching some products I wanted you couldn’t get me to look in a books direction.  I miss the thrill of being transported to another world, using my imagination to create images, settings, and atmosphere that an author lays out for me. It’s been been frustrating to have to constantly read a white narrative because even though there are supposed to be stories and articles that are non-fiction it still reads as fiction because it’s not anywhere close to my reality or related to my narrative culturally. However, I am about to take a step on the reality side, say eff The New York Times Best Sellers List and go with the information that reflects a narrative that I believe has my interest at heart.

It’s a bit scary and overwhelming going into it.  I sometimes feel with non-fiction books you have to stay very present in what you are reading which can be incredibly exhausting.  I know for a fact that I will have to stop and take breaks, reflect, write and talk to someone about it.  Let’s be real, my friends are not going to be reading these books, they probably don’t even know these books exist so my Snapchat account will be my best friend as I take my journey. 

The books that I chose has one common theme: Get my mind moving and critically examining the world around me. After selecting 5 titles I later observed that all of the writers are people of color. That was a bonus for me. Knowing the book industry like I do, I get that it’s important to give these writer’s their piece of the market because they unfortunately tend to have more barriers they have to overcome than their white counterparts. Not to say it’s not a struggle for all authors, but there’s something to be said about white privilege and publishing that we all like to ignore. And for those that just got turned off by that statement, your white privilege is showing.  {Insert Toothy Smiley Face}

I am officially starting my one-woman book club focusing my reading energies on books that will hopefully have a nice balance between depth, humor, knowledge, and authenticity. My book list consists of the following five: 

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

Why Not Me

Dear White People by Justin Simien

Dear White People

Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols

Abundance Now

My goal is to finish these books by the end of the year.  I don’t quite have a reading plan, but I am going to read as much as possible without interrupting the regular flow of my life (meaning taking days off of work because I want to finish just “one more” chapter). As it stands I hope to complete 2 books a month, completing Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes by November 1. For those of you that follow me at mahina.reyes on Snapchat, get prepared for rants, quotes, and random facial expressions upon completing sections of these books.   I’m going to confess right now that I am already half way through one of my books.  I almost didn’t write this post because I wanted to keep reading.  But duty calls!

I’m excited to see where these very influential books and authors lead me.  Who knows maybe I’ll be inspired to finally finish my book, plays or scripts. I have to know, have you read any of these books, which ones?  If you know of any good books, please send them my way. I am currently looking for books that are nonfiction (but won’t necessarily turn down a fiction piece), told from the prospective of a person of color, makes you think a little, and can stroke some emotional chords. Make sure to leave a comment below, who knows maybe if you have a favorite I might invest in one or two for giveaway.  {Wink, Wink}



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