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.