I finished 8 books and 4 graphic novels in February. I was focusing on reading for #blackathon.




The books I read were:

  • 2 nonfiction
  •  1 audiobook
  • Set in the U.S., England, Ghana, and one in multiple places in Africa (not counting Wakanda)

The authors were:

  • 6 African-American women, 1 Asian woman, 1 Asian man, and 1 white woman

Which ones would I totally recommend?




I just heard about this and I’ve already read some qualifying books so I’m signing up. Sign-up info

What I’ve read so far in 2019:

  • Righteous by Joe Ide
  • Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee
  • The Class by Heather Won Tesoriero

There are levels that you can shoot for. Each is assigned an animal. I’ve read 3 books in two months so if I continue that pace I would be in the 11-20 book range. But, that is the cobra badge. I have cobra issues. I saw the Riki Tiki Tavi cartoon as a kid and it messed me up. For years, I had to check the base of the toilet every time I went into the bathroom just in case there was a cobra curled around it waiting to kill me. In the United States. In the part of Pennsylvania where it gets really, really cold and cobras would be unhappy. Add that to my concern that there might be a wolf-man in the linen closet thanks to an episode of Spencer for Hire and I was a messed up kid. Anyway, I’m not signing up for cobra energy so I’m going for 21-30 books and the wonderful tapir.


Reading All Around the World challenge from Howling Frog Books

  • Read a nonfiction book about the country – or
  • Read fiction written by a native of the country or someone living for a long time in the country.

I did it!  I did it!  I read Homegoing and it was set in Ghana.  I’m surprised that I didn’t already have Ghana because I’ve read books from there before but they must have been before this challenge.  I also get to add Mauritana.  It was the location of one of the stories in A Moonless, Starless Sky.