We have another super special guest with us today, my girl Kici! Kici Cofield and I met at the illustrious Hampton University and she just recently told Northwestern University to run her that that second degree for her M.S. in Leadership for Creative Enterprises! I was super inspired by her when she announced that she accomplished her goal of reading 52 books this year, so I hit her up immediately because I NEEDED her on Feed Her Style to give us the scoop! Reading is indeed apart of self care for a lot of people. Realizing I haven't read a book for fun in a long time, I wanted her to share her experience, recommend some books to read, and to chat about her overall motivation for the challenge.
1. Is reading apart of your self care? If yes, how so?
Reading is definitely a part of my self care. A lot of people don’t believe me when I say that I’m an extreme introvert but I really am. After spending an entire day around other people, I use reading as my way of recharging. One of the reasons I love reading so much is because it transports me somewhere else mentally and helps get my mind off things that may be causing me anxiety at the moment. Reading has gotten me through an especially rough 2017 and I always feel a little more accomplished every time I finish one. One of my favorite quotes that I actually tattooed on myself is by George RR Martin and it says,“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”
2. What is your favorite place to read?
That definitely changes depending on where I am. I mostly read in my bed. Being curled up with a warm drink, fuzzy socks and my book is the aesthetic that I try to go for when reading. Last year, when I was living in Chicago I spent a lot of my time reading while commuting to school and work. I used to love getting lost in books while I was on the train or bus or Uber because a lot of the time it sparked conversation with other readers who were interested in the books that I was reading.
3. Are you a coffee shop reader?
I don’t know why but reading in a coffee shop makes you feel hella accomplished in life. It makes me feel like I’m a financially stable adult who makes the best decisions when the exact opposite is true. It’s very rare that I’ll read in a coffee shop though. I really don’t think I’ve come across the right coffee shop to read in. A lot of the shops that I go to are super loud and lack comfortable seating.
4. Do you have a favorite bookstore?
Well, aside from Amazon #sponsorme, I like finding a lot of second hand book stores in whatever city I’m in (‘cause broke) but I do most of my book shopping online.
5. What's your favorite genre of books to read?
My favorite genre is definitely a toss up between self-help and thriller/mystery. Those are like the only two kinds of books I buy unless someone recommends a book to me.
6. What made you decide to read 52 books this year? Did you get inspiration from somewhere/someone?
To be honest, it just came naturally. When I was writing out my New Year’s Resolutions one of the main things that I wanted to improve upon was my self discipline. In 2016, I read a lot of books but I really wanted to challenge myself this year and turn my hobby into an achievable goal. I’m a fast reader so I can easily put a book down in under a week so I just figured that reading one book a week was something that I could commit to doing.
7. How many books do you say you read annually, prior to achieving this in 2017?
Prior to this, I would say I used to read anywhere from 20-50 books in a year. Next year I want to raise the bar because I know I can achieve it.
8. What's your favorite book that you read this year and what's your favorite book of all time?
What a tough question! This year, my favorite book has been The Husband’s Secret. It was written by Lorraine Moriarty (she also wrote Big Little Lies) and has one of the biggest plot twists ever. My favorite book of all time would have to be Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. It’s a memoir and I literally couldn’t put the book down. I recommend it to all my family and friends.
9. Do you re-read books? If so, why?
Absolutely. With a lot of the books I’ve read, I’ll try and go back to read and another point in my life to grab something different from it. The Alchemist for example. The first time I read it I was just like, “Ok, so like why does everyone like this again?” Now, I’ve been able to take more from the book and look forward to reading it again. It’s sort of like when you listen to a song and you catch a lyric that you previously didn’t hear and you’re like the Wee-Bey meme (The Wire reference lol).
10. Are you apart of any book clubs either officially of unofficial with friends/family?
Currently, no. Most of the books that I read, I’ll pass along to my sister and friends and we’ll talk about it afterwards but I haven’t found a book club (yet) that I could truly connect with. I just started following the Black Girl in Om’s Book Club so one of my goals is to join in one month on a book they’re reading.
Bonus. Back when it was a real battle of the books/series, were you rocking with Harry Potter or Twilight? If you liked both, who was your favorite character from both series?
I have to admit that I never read Twilight. I grew up in a very strict, religious household so I never got to read the “witchcraft, sorcery, vampire” books when they came out. I just read Harry Potter as a 24-year-old and am still fangirling off of that. Maybe I’ll put Twilight on my 2018 book list though and you can ask me again next year.
2017 Book List:
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
Think Your Way Into The Life You Want*
Parable of the Sower
Don't Touch My Hair
The Hate U Give*
The Girl in The Spider's Web
The Girl Before*
Watch Your Mouth
You're A Badass At Making Money*
When God Winks At You
I'm Judging You*
Awkward Black Girl*
Designing Your Life*
This Is How You Lose Her*
The Husband's Secret*
Into The Water
Who Moved My Cheese?*
This Is Just My Face*
Good As Gone*
What Alice Forgot*
What We Lose
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone*
HP & Chamber of Secrets*
HP & Prisoner of Azkaban*
HP & Goblet of Fire*
HP & Order of the Phoenix*
HP & the Half Blood Prince*
HP & the Deathly Hallows*
The Girl in Red*
To Kill A Mockingbird*
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane*
We're Going to Need More Wine*
The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Heaven is for Real*
The Day I Died
Make Your Bed*
Rich Dad, Poor Dad*
The Last Black Unicorn*
*: the ones I really liked and would read again/recommend
Thanks again Kici for sharing with us!