February is Black History Month!! So my TBR will be featuring black authors only for the month. [Disclaimer: I do read black authors throughout the year, but I wanted to dedicate the month to ONLY black authors. I plan to do something similar for Women’s History Month (March), Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May), Gay Pride Month (June), etc.]
I am trying to prioritize books that I already own. These are the books from my personal collection that I hope to get to this month:
Bad Feminist | Alternatively titled Intersectional Feminism: 101. I’ve wanted to read this book for a while and I’m finally getting around to it.
The Wedding Date| Interracial couple, fake dating trope. I don’t usually read romance books, but I feel like this one might be a winner.
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Additionally, I decided to get some books on Overdrive, so that I’ll have something to read while I’m commuting. These are those books (plus some others for when I’m at a doctors appointment or something):
Black Enough | e-book. An anthology about diversity within the black community.
Come Tumbling Down is the fifth book in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children Series, a series that I have grown to love, but have fallen behind on. This book follows one of my favorite characters, Jack, who is queer. That’s all that I really need to know, and I definitely plan on catching up on the series soon.
Amy Spalding’s We Used to Be Friends explores a theme that I have rarely seen in books – the growing apart / breaking up of childhood friends. I wish that a book like this had existed when I was a teen, because I never thought that stuff like this happened (and it happened to me).
Magic, royalty, revenge, and THAT COVER was all it took for Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez to capture me. Not gonna lie though, it was mostly the cover.
Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott will be published on January 14. As a feminist, it is important to me to be aware of issues that exist outside of my identity. It calls attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality, as well as celebrating black women.
Maintain a healthy diet, and drink more water. It’s always been difficult for me to remain disciplined when it comes to food. I have a tendency to eat my feelings… Since I deal with depression and anxiety, I eat my feelings a lot and this is something that I need to change.
Attend the gym regularly. I’ve had a gym membership since January of last year when I said that I would start going to the gym. Have I actually stepped foot in the gym though? No. This year I want to change that.
Follow through with treatment plans. I, also, have a bad habit of not following through with treatment plans, especially if the it exits outside of the realm of taking a pill (needles are a no-no). My “homework” assignments from my therapist go without being done; then I end up not going to my therapist. So, the cycle continues.
Obtain a full-time job. In order to achieve number five on my list, I have to get a full-time job. I desperately want to gain my independence, and I can’t do that while at my current job.
Move into my own place. Again, I want to be independent, and I want to start building a home for myself (with an office separate from my bedroom).
Stick to a budget (save money / decrease debt). I have committed to only buying the bare necessities in order to get out of debt. Step one is to pay off my credit card. Then, step two is to pay off my car loan. Finally, step three is to start putting money in my savings account. Once I get past step one then I don’t have to be as strict with my budget (the bare necessities only).
Post (on blog) regularly. I am already failing at this because this blog post is late. Go me! Better late than never though, am I right?
Read more (50 books / one per week). Last year, I read sixteen books and in 2018 I read thirty-two. I have yet to have ever completed my GoodReads goal, but I am determined to make this the year that it happens.
Start and finish a journal. I’d like to keep a journal as both a creative outlet and a place to empty out my thoughts, as well as organize them.
Stop procrastinating! This is by far probably my worst habit, and I’d like to break it this year. There’s always next year though, right?
In 2017 and 2018, I challenged myself to write a poem a day during National Poetry Month. I failed both years, but this year I decided that it was going to be my year, and it was. Here are the thirty poems that I wrote for each day of April:
Released on January 6, 2019 | Get it here for FREE!
I have mixed feelings about this chapbook. It’s short (only twenty-three pages), but I still managed to get lost about two-thirds of the way through. I do plan on checking out her other work, which I think I will enjoy much more.