Book Views

Growing up, my mom always told me how I was going to be a journalist, and I would one day be a news anchor on CNN. Even at a young age, I knew those dreams were a far stretch of who I was, but one thing that she did instill in me was the importance of reading.

Almost every night before bed and saying our prayers, my mom would make sure I read a couple pages from whichever book we were reading, or that I journaled what happened in my day.

Nowadays, I don't journal as much as I use to, but I still have a love for reading and getting lost in a book. Growing up as an only child, books had become a way for me to relate or talk to someone even though that person wasn't real, I was able to escape from my surroundings and relax when I got lost into a good book. Because of my mother's love for reading and encouraging me, I got familiar with my local library at an early age; the thought of challenging myself to see if I could finish a book in time before it was due back at the library fuelled me. I also was able to bond and make new friends with other people who loved reading, I had a friend who would sleep over at the house a couple days in the week and we would have reading competitions on who could read the most books.

Growing up where I live, you never saw a lot of little Black Girls in the library, and if you did you never saw us reflected into the categories of book appropriate for little girls, because of this I never joined local book clubs. I never felt comfortable enough to relate to the girls in the clubs and the books they were reading. I grew up in a Black Jamaican household, I couldn't relate to the life and problems Sarah, a White Girl from Texas was experiencing. This led me to get engulfed into the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and discovering The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. Over the years, I've read hundreds of books, and as much as I love my friends, I could never find a core group to discuss all the different books that I've read with, so I decided that instead of complaining, I'm going to start my own little club called Lit Lit's. And from that, I'll write my own book reviews on the blog called Book Views.

The plan is to get through a book within 6 weeks and let y'all know the ins and outs of it, and this will also keep me on track of reading. Feel free to recommend a book, and also comment and let me know your thoughts and views on certain books.