Black Lives Matter: How to Get Involved, Resources & Reading Recommendations

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin, yet countless Black lives continue to be lost at the hands of police and white supremacists. The time for silence is long over; the status is not quo and it is critical that we support the people on the ground fighting for their lives (during a pandemic which is disproportionately affecting them, no less) and demand change.

Reader Voracious is going on hiatus for the time being to focus my energy on supporting Black Lives Matter and becoming a better ally. But I want to use my platform to provide information how you can be involved, resources of where to look for information, reading suggestions to confront our privilege, and uplift three Black debut authors’ novels we all should add to our TBRs!

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I Have a Confession to Make: I Write in my Books

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I know what you’re thinking, and I’d like to start this post by saying that what I decide to do with the books I own is my choice and doesn’t harm you in any way ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, now that that is out of the way: hello friends! Chances are that this isn’t the first time you’ve heard me say that I love to annotate my books. In fact, I wrote a whole post about how my annotation process helps facilitate my review process last year!

Angelica @ Paperback princess
Kal another amazing post. If you can do another which gets into the nitty gritty of what you actually annotate would be so helpful!

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The Most Emotional Books I’ve Read

Patreon Adventures where the topic is decided by my Patrons over on Patreon. Once a month I add an extra post to my schedule, and it could be about anything.

It’s been awhile since the last Patreon Adventure and for that I am sorry! One of my biggest goals for 2020 is to remain committed to this particular series because it is so much fun to have some content driven by the people who visit!

This month we are talking about EMOTIONAL BOOKS. The books that made me FEEL ALL THE THINGS, both positive and negative! Many thanks to Destiny @ Howling Libraries for suggesting this post topic and to my patrons for casting your votes!

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I have the memory of a goldfish so I annotate while reading

I am not joking when I say that I have the memory of a goldfish. I don’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday or whether or not I actually liked The Night Circus when I read it in 2015. Every summer, I always struggle to remember exactly what I watched the night before on Big Brother when having my gossip sessions with Paul at work. So it goes without saying that taking notes while reading is a must for me.

As I’ve settled into my role of Book Reviewer, I have fine tuned my annotation process quite a bit to help facilitate the review process. It now involves a color-coded system based on the things that heavily influence my reading experience. CW @ The Quiet Pond expressed an interest in my process a couple of months ago, and I thought this would make for an interesting discussion post – so here is my annotation process!

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Things that Make Me Pick Up a Book

If you’ve ever looked through the upcoming releases on Edwelweiss, chances are that you’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of books being released in your preferred genres. According to a 2013 Forbes article, there are anywhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published each year in the United States alone. Which is exciting because there will be a book for every reading, but it’s also way more books than we can read in a lifetime!

With so many books to choose from, how do you choose which books to look at? Which ones to read? I thought I would make a list of the things that draw me to a book, as well as some of the themes and tropes I can’t get enough of.

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