We Love Books Wednesday 3: Expanding Our Horizons

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Hey Lovelies! If you’re reading this post, I’m asking that you start (or end) your day by spreading some love. After all, we need all the love we can get right now.

Today’s post is not only inspired by the recent events that took place in Florida, but also by a newsletter I received by the wonderful Jenny Bravo, over at Blots & Plots. Click here to check out her site.

As you all know, a lot of people lost their lives this past weekend. Why? Because we, as Americans, are quick to judge and even faster to react. I agree with the millions of people who say we need better gun control. It’s true. But we also need a better understanding of each other and the lives we’re living.

Lovelies, please take a stand against these things. If you, or someone you love, starts to turn this mass shooting into an anti-Muslim ordeal,  tell them about themselves. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all Caucasians are racist. And not all African Americans are ghetto. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, black, white, Muslim, Catholic, Atheist, or Baptist, it doesn’t matter. We can be the generation to narrow all these “categories” down to one; humans.

I’m a very picky person. I’m picky about the foods I eat, the books I read, the movies I watch…basically everything. As I said earlier, we’re quick to judge. How many times have you thought, “[insert food here] is disgusting. I’m not eating it.”? Have you ever tried it? Or here’s a better example:  “that girl sure wants to be white.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hear that line about myself. Yes, my English is proper and I don’t talk in slangs. Yes, my hair is curly. And yes, I find white men attractive. I find guys of all ethnicity and religions attractive. Does that make me a sell out? No. Does it make me white? No. I’m still a black woman, and even more so, I’m still human. We all are.

The year is halfway done, so let’s start learning about others. Let’s take a walk in their shoes. And you can do this by reading, watching TV, or just by talking to them.

I tend to read New Adult books. It’s my go-to genre. Why? Because I can relate to them the most. But I’m expanding my horizons.

In honor of the lives that were lost, and with all of you as my witness, before 2016 is out I’m going to expand my horizons by reading 5 books outside of my preferred genre. I think my list will look something like this:

A novel with a male main character
A novel with a same sex couple
A romantic suspense novel
A fantasy/supernatural novel
A nonfiction novel

I also might try a few different dishes that I wouldn’t normally eat. I know this post was all over the place, but I’d love to read in the comments what you’re going to do to expand your horizons. 

 

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2 thoughts on “We Love Books Wednesday 3: Expanding Our Horizons

  1. OangeRenee says:

    I LOVE this post! Well put, sis 👏🏽👏🏽. I can’t wait for you to read a romantic suspense novel…you know that’s my fave 💁🏽💁🏽
    #loveislove

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