While I am digging I am going to be picking up both fiction and nonfiction books that are directly related to my own profile. When I received my results I was thrilled to be able to narrow down where my ancestors originated. I wasn't at all surprised by the regions of Africa that showed up, but there were a few surprises. My top ethnicity percentages came from Cameroon/Congo, Ghana, Benin, Scandinavia, and Spain/Portugal (Iberian Peninsula). Those last two regions were not even on my radar and were a surprise. I have to admit that I know little to nothing about any of the areas that my ancestors come from, but I will be correcting that over time. I am starting with attempting to read a single book of fiction from each country. For me, fiction is much less intimidating than diving into detailed books on the histories and politics of each country. I plan on researching those aspects of these countries as well, but that will be much slower going. I'm hoping that by reading novels about these regions written by authors who are native to the countries that are related to me, it will be a more enjoyable and engaging experience than only reading statistics and historical facts.
It took me a little while to research authors and pick books for this project, but I have finally narrowed down my list. I still have not found a book to fit into the Benin area, but I haven't given up and will continue to search. Despite that one snag, I'm excited to get started!