I remember so clearly scrolling through Goodreads in February of this year. I was looking for fun books to add to my TBR (to be read list) when I saw THIS ONE. The cover alone made my heart stop. Look, idc who makes fun of me for it, I LOVE children’s books. I will ALWAYS read and I will ALWAYS love picture books. They were my first love. They are the reason I still read today and I’m NOT afraid to admit that!
ANYYYWAYS, when I saw the description of this book and the cover, I knew I had to read it for Christmas! So this year I checked it out of my library, sat down with cocoa and blankets, and read it while bopping Mariah Carey’s Xmas album, yes, of course the original! It was a super cute read and I found out at the end that the author and illustrator are MARRIED with five kids of their own. Super cute! The book is now part of a series and I can’t wait to read the next one next year!
Christmas is over but I’m already planning my Xmas 2020 reads. But I’m also that weirdo who will read holiday books well into January and I start reading them on November 1st. As you can tell, I really love the holidays. But since 2019 is coming to a close, what are your goals for 2020? What do you really want to accomplish, whether that is book wise or personal? For me, I want to keep working with my personal trainer. I started with her a few months ago and we work out but not as consistently as I want. I also want to read MORE Black authors and more non-binary authors in 2020. I want to be pickier about my YA books. I love YA but yo… the market has gotten so oversaturated and there’s some straight basura being published, not gonna front. Make sure you are writing out your goals and also including a PLAN OF ACTION for them. Just putting your ideas on paper sadly isn’t enough. In order for a goal to be successful its gotta have intention around it. Think of it as a method of attack!
No matter what, remember that you are Black and beautiful. Goals don’t define you. Your failures don’t define you. The only thing that makes up who you are is how deeply you love yourself and others. As Junauda Petrus said, “The stars and the blackness between them is the melanin in your skin.”
I hope this helps. Have a happy new year!
By Jesse E
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