2024 to Infinity Blackout Reading Challenge

 Hello my loves

It's that time again, this challenge is back for another round.  

I had this same challenge for myself last year and I started off 2019 with 255 books on this list. By the end of 2019 I had read 15 books from here and will be starting 2020 with 240 on this list. 

For 2021 the list started with: 248. Yep it went up because a few more books came in that I wanted on the list.In 2021 I read 9 books from the list. In  2022 I completed 14 books from the list, leaving me with 225 on the list.  Unfortunately, my reading took a beating in 2023 and I barely read any books beyond my comfort authors and honestly just Nalini Singh's two series.  

There are a few more I should add but this list is daunting enough without them on here.  

I can't wait to demolish more than I did last year. My goal this year is a minimum 30 books read from this list.  Here is a breakdown of all the books on the shelves.

To Start on the Paranormal/SciFi Shelf:
  1. Reaper's Novice Cecilia Robert
  2. Lagoon Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Shadow Walker LA Banks
  4. Chaos Nalo Hopkinson
  5. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor  
  6. My Soul to Keep by Tatanrue Drive
  7. Sister Mine Nalo Hopkinson  
  8. Love is the Drug Alaya Dawn Johnson 
  9. The New Moon's Arms Nalo Hopkinson
  10. Seed to Harvest Octavia Butler
  11. Fledgling by Octavia Butler 
The Second Cube across is the Classic Black Author Shelf ( the mostly female shelf of authors everyone black or not should read)
  1. Zadie Smith The Autograph Man
Alice Walker's
  1. The Temple of My Familiar
  2. Possessing the Secret of Joy
Toni Morrison's 
  1. Beloved
  2. Jazz
  3. Sula
  4. The Bluest Eye
  5. God Help The Child
  6. Tar Baby
Jamaica Kincaid's:
  1. Mr. Potter
  2. Lucy
  3. Annie John
  4. See Now Then
Maya Angelou's 
  1. Letter to My Daughter
  2. The Heart of A Woman
  3. Mom & Me & Mom
Walter Dean Myers
  1. What They Found, Love on 145th Street
  2. On a Clear Day 
Linda H Hollies
  1. Taking Back My Yesterday's ( was on the Lemonade Syllabus)
The next cube is the same as before Classic authors of Color:

W.E.B. Du Bois's Darkwater
Langston Hughes's Not Without Laughter

Zadie Smith:
  1. On Beauty
  2. White Teeth
Alice Walker's
  1. By The Light of My Father's Smile
  2. The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart
Zora Neale Hurston's 
  1. Seraph of the Suwanee
  2. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  3. Tell My Horse
  4. Dust Track's On The Road
  1. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel
  2. The Salteater's by Toni Cade Bambara 
  3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. The Wedding by Dorothy West 
  5. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
Then there is a tabletop book called Delta Jewels by Alysia Burton Steele.

The last cube on the first level houses most of my young adult books:

Nia Stephen's
  • Boy Shopping
  • Like This and Like That
  1. The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon
  2. Push by Sapphire
  3. He Said She Said by Kwame Alexander
  4. Rumor Central "Eye Candy" Reshonda Tate Billingsley
L Divine
  1. Drama High The Fight 
  2. So, So Hood
  3. The Meltdown
  1. Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
  2. Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley
  3. Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
  4. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  6. Until We Meet Again by Anne Schraff
  7. The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963
Jacqueline Woodson
  1. Brown Girl Dreaming
  1. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
  2. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  3. Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
  4. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  5. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  6. Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Okay, now we are down to the second row: which is romance, historical romance and Christian romance.
  1. Angela Benson's A Family Wedding 
  2. Sister Sister Eric Jerome Dickey
  3. Mine At Last by Celeste O Norfleet
  4. Racing Hearts by Michelle Monkou
  5. Island For Two by Beverly Jenkins & Elaine Overton
  6. Sultry Nights by Donna Hill
  7. Private Lessons by Donna Hill
  8. A Good Dose of Please by Zuri Day
  9. Endless Summer Nights by Donna Hill, Grace Octavia & Delaney Diamond
  10. Sweet St. Louis Omar Tyree
  11. Single Mom Omar Tyree
  12. A Do Right Man Omar Tyree
  13. Just Say No! Omar Tyree
  14. Midnight & The Meaning of Love Sister Souljah
  15. At Last by Lisa Riley
Next Cube is also Romance:

Michele Grant's
  1. Crush Anthology
  2. Any Man I Want
Francis Ray's 
  1. Like the First Time
  2. And Mistress Makes Three
  3. Any Rich Man Will Do
  4. Twice the Temptation
  5. If You were my man
  6. Somebody's Knocking On My Door
  7. I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
  8. When Morning Comes
  1. Lutisha Lovely's The Perfect Affair 
  2. Jasmine Guillory's The Proposal UNHAULED
  3. Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go (not a romance but other shelves are full)
  4. Lucinda Roy's The Hotel Alleluia (same reason as above)
Along with two biographies because that shelf is full. 
  • Taraji P Henson Around The Way Girl 
Next is the BJ squared shelf: 

Beverly Jenkins
  1. Rhythms of Love Anthology
Brenda Jackson
  1. Ties That Bind
  2. Let's Get It On Anthology
  3. A Silken Thread
  4. No More Playas
The Best Man Anthology

The Next Cube is Rochelle Alers & Kimberla Lawson Roby's Shelf: 

Kimberla Lawson Roby:
  1. Too Much of a Good Thing
  2. The Best Kept Secret
  3. Love & Lies
  4. The Ultimate Betrayal 
  5. A Taste of Reality
  6. Best Friends Forever
  7. One in a Million
  8. The Perfect Marriage
  9. Sin of a Woman 
  10. The Reverend's Wife
Rochelle Alers
  1. Sweet Persuasions
  2. After Hours
  3. Private Passions
  4. Angel's Landing
  5. Just Before Dawn
  6. Sweet Southern Nights 
  7. Haven Creek
  8. Here I Am
  9. Eternal Vows
  10. Harvest Moon
The next four cubes are social situations, and a few romances, but mostly non-fiction books. 
  1. Shonda Rhimes Year of Yes
  2. Motherhood & Feminism by Amber Kinser PhD
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (re-Read from College) 
  4. Sister Gumbo by Ursula Inga Kindred & Mirranda Guerin Williams
  5. Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
  6. Caught in the Mix by Candice Dow
  7. The Returned by Jason Mott
  8. Loose Lips by Teresa McClaine Watson
  9. What We Did for Love by Teresa McClaine Watson
  10. The Seven Year Scratch by Teresa McClaine Watson
  11. Who Asked You by Terry McMillian
  12. The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillian
  13. Mary Monroe's God Don't Like Ugly
  14. Mary Monroe's Gonna Lay Down My Burdens
  15. Black Mutiny by William A Owens
  16. Shifting by Charles Jones & Kumea Shorter-Gooden PhD
  17. All the Joy You Can Stand by Debrena Jackson Gandy
  18. Afeni Shakur by Jasmine Guy
  19. Souls Revealed by Dawn Marie Daniels
  20. Ain't I A Woman by Illona Linthwaite
  21. Blessed Health by Melody T McCloud MD
  22. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  23. Mo' Beta Blues by Questlove
  24. Better Than Alright by Ledisi with Essence
  25. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obigma
Next Cube:
  1. Cameo by Tanille
  2. Lil' Mama's Rules by Sheneska Jackson
  3. Off the Chain by Candice Dow
  4. Sarah's Palm by Florence Ladd
  5. Snapped by Tracy Brown
  6. No Girl Needs a Husband Seven Days A Week by Nina Foxx
  7. Trouble Loves Company by Angie Daniels
  8. Until I Saw Your Smile J.J. Murray
  9. Too Much of a Good Thing by J. J. Murray
  10. I'll Be Your Everything by J.J. Murray
  11. Can't Get Enough of Your Love by J.J. Murray
  12. Bingo's Run by James A Levine
  13. We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo
  14. Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan
  15. Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan
  16. A Day Late And A Dollar Short by Terry McMillan
  17. Mama by Terry McMillan
  18. The Color of Love by Sandra Kitt
  19. Butterscotch Blues by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
  20. Platinum Promises by Zuri Day
  21. Diamond Dreams by Zuri Day
  22. Designed for Passion by Francine Craft
  23. Two Grooms and a Wedding by Adrienne Byrd
  24. The Color Line by Lizette G Carter
  25. Betrayal of Trust Leslie Esdaile Banks
  26. Insert Groom Here by K.M. Jackson
  27. Romiette & Julio by Sharon M Draper  
Next Cube:  (almost there just one more to go)
  1. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  2. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. Black Pain by Terrie M Williams
  4. Of Water and Spirit by Malidona Patrice Some 
  5. Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry
  6. The Good Negress by A.J. Verdelle
  7. Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moore
  8. Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
  9. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?? by Kathleen Collins
  10. Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  11. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  12. Sugar Cage by Connie May Fowler
  13. The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
  14. Empire by Robert Ham
  15. The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts by Baba Ifa Karade
  16. I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage
  17. What Looks Like Crazy by Pearl Cleage
  18. What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell
  19. Brothers and Sisters by Bebe Moore Campbell
  20. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
  21. Big Girls Don't Cry by Connie Briscoe
  22. The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey
And The Final Cube contains the following:
  1. Black Majority by Peter H Wood
  2. Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi
  3. The Legs are the Last To Go by Diahann Carroll
  4. Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts
  5. Colonize This! Women of Color on today's feminism
  6. Whoopi's Big Book of Relationships If Someone Says "You Complete Me " RUN!!
  7. Prince of Darkness by Shane White
  8. On The Shoulders of Giants by Kareem Abdul-Jabber
  9. Black Wall Street by Hannibal B Johnson
  10. Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy MD
  11. I'll Never Write My Memoirs Grace Jones
  12. Life Is Your Best Medicine Tieraona Low Dog MD
  13. The Hairstons Henry Wiencek
  14. From My People Daryl Cumbar Dance
  15. Every Body Yoga by Jessmyn Stanley
  16. The Ebony Exodus Project Candace R.M. Gorham LPC
  17. Let Freedom Ring by Kitty Kelley
  18. The Calling of Katie Maganya Margaret McCord
  19. Ebony & Ivy Craig Steven Wilder
  20. Not On Our Watch on Cheadle & John Prenderoast
  21. What Happened Miss Simone?? Alan light
  22. Keeping Hope Alive Dr. Hawa Abdi
  23. At The Dark End of The Street Danielle L McGuire
  24. Jambalaya Luisah Teish
  25. Sacred Pampering Principles Debrena Jackson Gandy
  26. A Hope In the Unseen Ron Suskind
  27. Welcome to my Breakdown Benilde Little
And that folks is everything on the BlackOut Book Shelves at the moment.  I do have a few books coming in this year and ones from last year that I haven't added on because they fit other challenges better.  With the goal being 30 books (as a minimum more is better) that's 3 books per month to complete the challenge by the end of the year.  I'll be doing Quarterly Check-Ins to let you know how it's going.  
Total Books: 225

Welp that's going to be an interesting challenge this year for sure. I do have some serious variety though so I'll be good!!!

Have you read any of these?? Are any on your TBR Pile?? Hit me up on any of my social media links and we can totally do a read along to get them read!! 

As always Happy Reading my loves

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