January Rewind

Hey, lovely readers.

Well, the first month of 2017 is over – and thank the good Lord! I’m sure we all share the same sentiment for whatever reasons. One month less than the four years we all have to endure. Lol.

So how did my January go? Reading wise, I’m on pace with my Goodreads reading goal. Blogging-wise, I’m failing quite spectacularly. The good thing about this year so far is that I’m barely getting any books from the publishers nor have I been buying. I’m still struggling with my review copies, though. Honestly, the world is one big distraction right now so I can’t concentrate on any other books besides nonfiction. Β I need to slap myself silly and just get going.

With everything that’s going on, I found myself gravitating towards reading some books about activism and politics. I just finished Cleve Jones’ When We Rise, a book about America’s slow acceptance of the LGBTQ community in California and, eventually, in the United States as a whole. Cleve Jones helped start the revolution from the 60s onwards. The AIDS pandemic of the 80s also made up the second half of the book. A heartbreaking, much-politicized disease that Jones’ movement fought hard to get federal funding for research and cure. The author himself was, at one point, afflicted with the disease so his first-hand account was very candid and from the heart. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of marriage equality brought tears to my eyes.

I also finally read The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, which, in essence, is about his political beliefs, his rise from being a community organizer to a young Senator in Chicago, and his personal and family life. One thing that stood out to me is that very little has changed from his ideology. His passion never dimmed, and he wasn’t deterred by anything (not even an obstructionist Senate & Congress). This man is a prolific a writer as he is a great orator. I suggest buying the book in audio so you can listen to him whenever you want. πŸ™‚

February is Black History Month

I’ve never done this before, but I figure this year is as good as any. For now, my focus will be on the following books: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson, and They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery.Β 

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I’ll probably do another post about my February TBR sometime next week. I’ve been spending way too much time trolling the trolls on the social media (I’m not even sorry. LOL) so I’ve been neglecting my reading and blogging obligations.

I hope you’ll have a great February, y’all. Happy reading!

  • Huugs. <3 I totally understand not feeling up to reading lately. I've been a bit behind too. Ack. But hoping to find the want to read more and more shortly πŸ™‚ Hope you will too sweetie. <3 Hugs.

  • I’ve been so busy with work, my blog has taken a bit of a step back. I hope to get back into it though!

  • I think we all fall into slumps, I’ve been reading the same book for over a week now and I really do like it, I’m just distracted as well. Blah.

    That’s a great reading challenge you’ve got, I can’t wait to hear about your thoughts!

  • The next four years is going to be so so hard. Depressing. I rarely read nonfiction. I am all about escapism and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Real life is just the pits now! I miss Obama so much. Hope your reads are good and enlightening.

  • Have you thought about guest blogging Joy? Could help you clear out some of those review copies hanging around that you’re no longer interested in.

    I’ve been bluffing about on social media here and there but trying to get my blog shit together mainly. I’ll be looking out for trolls harassing you because how fucking dare they. I’ve had misogynist pigs come for me too and most struggle to string a sentence together. They must be blinded by your intellect and wit, the little wankers <3

  • honestly for me blogging and reading is my escape from reality because I so need it. With everything going on the past couple weeks, I just need an escape. Hope things improve for you though.

  • I am totally failing at blogging lately too, but that’s okay, we’ll get back to it eventually! The Audacity of Hope sounds great, I am totally adding that to my list πŸ™‚

  • I feel exactly the same way Joy, I’ve been keeping busy with other things outside of blogging and reading. Sometimes it’s good to take a break and read something different!

  • Jazmen Greene

    Blogging, has been feeling like a bit too much work for my liking lately, and I’ve fallen off yet again, already so early in the year. *Sigh* I’ll get back to it soon. Nonetheless I will be back and on it, reading and commenting throughout the week. I can’t wait to see what you think of your new diverse books. I was just eyeing, They Can’t Kill Us All at the book store yesterday!

  • Jasprit

    This month has been so sucky on so many levels, books have been the only things that have been getting through this month. I love all the diverse books that you’ve been Joy, here’s hoping February is a better month for all of us!

  • Karen

    I’m pretty much in the same exact boat. I’m surprised to see I read a lot in January but it was mostly novellas. And blogging – ugh…

    I’m not accepting much for review anymore but I had several Netgalley approvals from last year that I was waiting closer to release date to read and SURPRISE! release dates are here and I’m scrambling to read them.

    I listened Obama’s book years ago and I really enjoyed it. I should probably pull the audio back out for a re-listen.

    I’m starting to drift towards non fiction which is something I’ve never been interested in before. and then there’s just the general fatigue of all that’s going on.

    We gotta stick together!!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Haha. I completely hear you regarding things. I am on par with my goodreads goal as well, but not sure how long that will last. I look forward to your thoughts on a few of those books featured. Have a great weekend!

  • Oh some good books you have listed. I have been wanting to read Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail by Jonathan Chait and I’m bugging my library to get it. When We Rise sounds like a good one and I also want to read Tears We Cannot Stop. I have not read either of these yet. I know it will get worse before it gets better but at least those that ignored what we have been saying are now giving issues attention, small victories have been made, and it doesn’t look like resistance fatigue has set in at all. πŸ™‚

  • Is it 2020 yet? I’d love to have a long energized nap till 2020 πŸ˜€
    You have read some really interesting looking books this past month or so, I wish I could get into something like that. The Audacity of Hope sounds fascinating and honestly I am going to miss the man and his way of speaking, now I feel like I am listening to a 3rd grade, the difference is so stark it’s scary.
    Good luck with your reading list this month They Can’t Kill Us All especially sounds moving

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I love your inspiration for your reading materials. I haven’t read anything you mentioned but I feel like The Audacity of Hope would be great right now, though maybe a little depressing when you think of what we have now though. lol

  • I’ve been so distracted lately that it’s so hard to focus on reading. I totally get it, and I’m glad to see the month behind us. Here’s hoping for a better reading month in February!

  • I haven’t read a lot of books like that but it’s true that it’s interesting as well

  • RO

    I love focusing on nonfiction when I can too. You get some amazing info. There was one I talked about on my blog the other day because I just thought it was a cruel Facebook post. Love, love your blog, and looking forward to more fun this month! Hugs…

  • You’re hitting the non-fiction pretty hard. πŸ™‚ January … glad it’s over, but damn, the last part feels like it lasted years! Don’t know how a whole 4 years is going to feel .

  • Looks like you’ve got a few good nonfictions! Have a great February!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sounds like you are reading some really informative, great nonfiction reads. That’s great. I hope you have a nice February!!


  • Happy February! they seem like good non-fictions worth a read.

  • Sara Walker

    January sucked- for real. But I really am amazed at how it’s bonded so many people all over. I really like that you are committing to read the three books you mentioned. I think that’s such a great idea. I also really appreciate how committed you are to educating yourself and reading all these non fiction books. I commend you for that.

    Happy February Friend!

  • It was quite a month wasn’t it? All of the books that you mentioned are new to me. I would be interested in Cleve Jones’ When We Rise. I have a degree in health education and worked at the local Aids office for my internship so it is a topic that does interest me a lot. Have great February!

  • I’ll have to check out Audacity of Hope. You keep on trolling those trolls if that makes you happy!

  • Greg Hill

    “trolling the trolls” ha love it! I’ve been tempted to do that myself. It’s hard not to respond to fake facts

    I think reading the Obama books would be very interesting!

  • Ahaha I love that you have been trolling the trolls πŸ˜€ You go girl. And yes, this month has been politically messy, to say so at the least. I can understand why it would be hard to focus on fiction. Which is kind of funny, because many people disappear into fiction at times like these. But to each their own!

  • January sucked, I got sick twice and Im barely feeling better. I didn’t read much either or blog hop so I hope I can do better this month. Ugh…Trump…it all sucks…

    Nereydaβ”‚ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • I’ve pretty much backed away from any social media except for the book related sites. i just can’t deal with the opinions of some people πŸ™ It makes me sad to see some of my friends and family members defend such a monster. I’d just rather not know . . .

    Enjoy your books πŸ™‚

  • I’ve taken the other route that you have. I’ve completely scaled back my social media stuff because I just can’t deal with the negative shit on there. I’m over trolls, I’m over everything and I start each day with a prayer and then some quality conversation with my daughter before heading to work. I need to keep a positive attitude or I won’t make it out in 4 years.


  • kindlemom1

    Glad you are finding some things that do work for you and at least you are still meeting your reading goals right? Hopefully things calm down soon everywhere because this is just madness.

  • Joy, I don’t know how I’m going to take 4 more years of this. This morning, my mom told me to keep extra food and some money in a safe place in case a WW is triggered. Do you know how scary that is? I was talking with some friends and discussing whether I should get a gun because I fear for my safety.
    Thank goodness for books for helping me keep sane this month. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my romance novels anymore. I’m going to need to get that Obama book because I miss his presence. It sounds like a hopeful book! And exactly what I need right now.
    Happy February, Joy!

  • Trolling trolls πŸ˜‰ Good on ya

  • I’ve been falling down the rabbit hole of Twitter and Facebook a lot lately too. I’m trying to back off some so that I can get more reading time in and a break for my sanity. I do agree that it can be fun to troll the trolls sometimes. I’ve gotten into a few discussions with people on both Twitter and Facebook. So far, they’ve all be just disagreements and everything has stayed civil.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Congrats to you for not giving into the temptation to buy more books! Although I too am struggling with the review copies – as much as I love them they take up all my reading time and I have plenty of backlist books I also want to read. Maybe next month lol