Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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POC 50 book challenge

My friends, I have decided to do a reading challenge this year. I read a few accounts of people who chose to eschew reading books by straight white dudes for one year and how it affected their outlook. I already read many books by women and GLBT writers. I think the area where I really fall down is writers of color. I'd like to change that, starting this year.
I'm not at this moment going to commit to only reading books by authors of color. I've never been a fan of the kind of diet where you tell yourself you can't do something! But I am committing myself to reading more books by authors of color. I plan to read at least 50, which should comprise about half of my "reading budget" for the year (bearing in mind it's already March, so that's five books by POC per month). I will keep track of these books and I will report back at the end of the year on my project. Telling you publicly makes me more accountable. :)

I've done a little Internet research, but I'd love to hear from you.
What are your favorite books by people of color? What authors should I absolutely not miss?
I read a great deal of genre fiction (sci fi, fantasy, romance, mystery). I enjoy graphic novels, whether memoir, fiction, or superhero related. I also read some regular novels and nonfiction (especially essays and micro-histories).
Throw some suggestions my way!
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You've probably already read Octavia Butler, but if you haven't, you'll want to.
Thank you!

I love her and actually shelled out $$ for the Kindle edition of two recently found stories of hers that were recently unpublished.


I recommend them!
These are all dudes of color but I have recently enjoyed books by Greg VanEekhout, Ted Chiang, and Ken Liu.
Thank you! I will put them on my list!
Fiction only, or can nonfiction be on the menu?
Sure, nonfiction recs are welcome. :)
Oh, I'd forgotten this post.

Actually I think I'll recommend fiction now :)

Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" gets assigned in a lot of public schools in the US, so perhaps you read it, but it's an outlier among his books in its style. Like Tolkien's The Hobbit. Chinua Achebe's books that really felt like Africa to me were Anthills of the Savannah and A Man of the People, which I remember as brilliant political satire though it has been many years since I read it.

Naguib Mahfouz, from Egypt. I'm not sure which book to name. Just pick one. Maybe start with a short story collection, or the Cairo trilogy.

Your post also made me realize that I don't actually know the race or ethnicity of a lot of the writers of nonfiction I've read. I'm sure a majority are white American/European, but I don't know which ones aren't, particular when the books are about topics like science or history or how things work.


April 1 2015, 17:21:46 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  April 1 2015, 17:39:47 UTC

Thank you cos! I appreciate the suggestions and have requested some Mahfouz from the library :)