Reading 2016

Almost every year, I challenge myself to consider reading all the books on my to-be-read pile. This year, that pile is sorted a little differently.

This space has been for reading and celebrating black female literary works either by character or author. This year, that will expand to include works by some of the AfroLatina, Asian, Native American/Indigeneous, and of course, African, Caribbean, and BlackAmerican writers. We will stay true to the focus on voices that reach into stories that celebrate what it means to be a fully actualized woman with real lives and challenges.

In selecting the starting list for 2016, we focused on some prize groupings and decided that even in trying to make a list, that there will be some surprises that tickle our fancy, some selections for my salon and some works that demand attention.

©Tayé Foster Bradshaw Bookshelf
Sitting on the desk, currently selected (not all pictured) include Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Nigerian writer), Sarahs Psalm by Florence Ladd (American black woman writer), and Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew (American black writer) . I am searching out a copy of  Your Face in Mine. by Jess Row. and hope to add some of the National Book Award Nominees to the list.
When I am not shopping my own shelves, I turn to independent booksellers to find selections. I also count on the annual St. Louis County Book Fair to help me find treasures burried in the rows and rows of books on wood tables in the Macy's parking lot. This will happen again in May 2016 and for under $5 per book, is a great way to build a home library.  

St. Louis has valued spaces like Left Bank Books and Eyeseeme Bookstore, as well as lots of used booksellers that are waiting to be discovered. The behometh, Barnes and Nobles, is still on the scene and Half-Price Books is cropping up in location throughout the metro area. St. Louis also has plenty of free spaces in the Metropolitian Library Consortium, the St. Louis County Libraries, and the St. Louis Public Libraries.

2016 promises to be a year of great reading, literary discovery, and storytelling appreciation.

What will you read?

©2008-2016 -Tayé Foster Bradshaw Group


  1. Well Tayé when i read your post and saw the books you were planning on reading my heart skipped beats of joy. I can't wait to follow you on your journey. There are books you've mentioned that I wish more people mentioned. Oh well that's why we're here to keep those black voices alive. I wish you a very Happy New Year and loads of inspirational and meaningful reading this 2016!


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