Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Wrap Up (and Hiatus)

Can you believe this is my sixth wrap-up post?! 

In 2010 I posted my first wrap-up and shared what I learned from each book, with one sentence.

In 2011 I discovered Reading Challenges and my reading was guided by them. 

In 2012 I ditched the challenges and I wonder if it’s the reason my reading fell off quite a bit. 

In 2013 I went to my first reading by my dearest, Edwidge Danticat, whose work I discovered the same year. 

2014 was my best bookish year - up to that point!

And then came 2015…

I threw caution to the wind and and let my love for literature have its way! It was only July when I realized I might top my best bookish year. I had attended Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad along with several local author readings and literary events. And I still had my eye on book festivals in Harlem, Brooklyn, Baltimore, DC, Decatur, and Miami. While I only ended up attending four of those in 2015, this is a new year -ha! 

My infatuation with short story collections continued this year and they made up 7* of the 23 books I read. In no particular order, here's the run down:

*Lost in the City by Edward P Jones
*The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
*Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
*Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
*How to Escape from a Leper Colony by  Tiphanie Yanique
*Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
To Be Young Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry
In Search of Satisfaction by J. California Cooper
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Some Great Thing by Lawrence Hill
Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

This year I will purchase fewer books, read more of my own, and finish building my home library.
I will spend more time on biking and running trails, and learn a second language. I will continue to travel for literature, attend more author events, and engage in more DC-area literary discussion groups.

What I’ve realized is that while I very much enjoy reading as a hobby, blogging (specifically - writing, editing, formatting, note and picture taking, proof reading, idea generating, fact checking and, of course, second guessing) takes a substantial amount of time away from my ability to participate in other activities. And so, I’ve decided to take an indefinite hiatus from posting in this space

But depending on how long you’ve been a follower, you may not realize that there are over 70 reviews already posted! You can find a list of books by author here or by title here. If you want to have a look at some to the events I've attended, you can scroll through those here.

I will continue considering possible collaborations and can be reached via email at or on twitter @ Shannon_RHP


Kendra said...

This blog will be missed. Best wishes on all your other activities! said...

My Dearest Shannon You will be missed but I totally understand that we are not just what we read and post. I wish you much luck with your discovery of learning a foreign language and doing all of those actives things you desire. I'll still secretly hope that you will find a way to reconcile everything and come back to blogging if only for 2 posts a month. Enjoy living and reading....