My name is Mimie and I’m a book-a-holic.

The title of this blog is a little misleading. Reading isn’t the new black; reading as ALWAYS been Black. From hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt, to the Harlem Renaissance, to now people of African descent have always been writing and have always been reading. I sometimes feel like this has been lost or swept under the rug.

The inspiration for this blog came from my love of reading and, quite frankly, from being Black. Every time I’m picking a new book to read, I tell myself to try to find a book with Black characters or about Black people. But, when I go to the African-American Fiction/Literature section in a book store I’m usually disappointed. What dominates the shelves are books from the “Urban Lit” genre, filled with tired clichés and the same themes of drugs, sex and violence. No offense to those who enjoy those books, but it’s just not my thing.

A few weeks ago, I decided that I would dedicate 2013 to “Reading While Black.” I would take the time to search out the types of books that I wanted to read that I can’t easily find in bookstores. There are thousands of books out there waiting for me to read them; I just have to know about them first. The objective was to find quality literature by and about people of African descent.

Out of that idea, this blog was born.

I want to share with others my discoveries because reading is more fun when you have someone to talk about it with. This blog is made for anyone who loves reading, regardless of your race or ethnic origin. If you are interested in reading books by and about people of African descent then this is the place for you.

Happy Reading!!!



7 responses to “About

  1. Hello, Mimie.
    Thank you for following my blog BOOK MAVEN’S PICKS. I appreciate it. I followed you back because I think that you have a great blog here. We are both book-a-holic. I’m looking forward to reading more great posts from you. Take care!

    Jhobell Kristyl of BOOK MAVEN’S PICKS

  2. I really like the blog so far–I wanted to comment on every post! Good luck with future posts and keeping it updated. I’ve added you to my blogroll. 😉

  3. mary burrell

    This is a pleasant surprise. I love reading. I totally agree about the urban street literature, I’m not a fan. I personally think it’s horrible. But that’s just me. I glad I stumbled upon this blog.

  4. Geek Soul Brother

    Found your comment on Black Girl Nerds. Immediately liked the name of your blog. I intend on checking it out more. Hit me back on geeksoulbrother.com

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