I am coming into 2016 facing certain truths I really needed to face probably years ago (sadly). I honestly did not have the words/consciousness to see or address these problems so that is why it took so long (also, I still had good fiction around). Fiction at the moment feels like a weak link that is dragging down my reading. I cannot say if it is the books I’m picking, fiction in general, or the just a phase but I can say that right now I feel a need to step back from fiction.
Recently, after finishing Belle I wanted to read another non-fiction book or novel that dealt with a similar subject. I really felt the glass ceiling of publishing currently and in the past. One of my new years resolutions was to find more people to follow. The problem is that I feel there is a lack of blogs, channels, or just places I can latch onto who are at/going in the direction I want to go in my reading. After feeling this for a couple of days I came to a way to possibly alleviate this issue, building.
Building is just basically getting certain books that will help me work toward other books that I want to get into. I got Impossible Purities for example to find out about Victorian novels with black women as main characters. Right now, I feel a bit excited about the possibilities of non-fiction in general. I’m trying not to get too excited and put everything on it. I just feel with non-fiction like I am acquiring knowledge that I wouldn’t with comics, picture books, or fiction. So hopefully by the end of this year I will build a beautiful tree of knowledge.