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Welcome to This Black Girl Reads,
I’m Lalaa, a book blogger and community + culture writer that lives in Toronto, my lovebugs #TheCombrats, and my puppy Kallie.
I think it’s pretty fair to say that I’ve always been a well-read, as an English lit major reading has always been my jam. But reading books non-stop in college compared to trying to get through a book when you have kids and work, well that’s a whole different thing. My reading game had severely dropped off. So in 2018, I challenge myself to read 100 books and donate 100 books to my favourite charity Books for Africa. Here’s the full story.
And it was HARD, especially since I aimed to read diverse books, I was on a mission to find and read the books no one else was reading. I documented my journey on Instagram and something so amazing happened, people were fascinated with my journey and as result, I decided to start this blog and the TBGR Book Club Sisterhood, in an effort to help people find diverse reads and discuss them.
Here’s the thing, I realized that people needed help because if you didn’t make a conscious and active effort to seek books by diverse authors then by default you wouldn’t find them, and for me that just wasn’t okay.
There’s a quote from one of my favourite books, Homegoing by Yaa Ghasi, that has always stuck with me and continues to lead my mission.
“We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?”
And for me that quote is key. My aim to highlight the voices that have been suppressed, in hopes that by diversifying our bookshelf it also helps us diversify our approaches, bridge the gap, and breakdown some of the barriers that exist in our community.
Remember if you’re reading what everyone else is reading then you’ll probably think the way everyone else is thinking.
Founder of ‘This Black Girl Reads’