Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg
moonshadow

50 book authors of color project is done!

Hi guys, some of you may remember I took on a challenge to read 50 books by authors of color this year. Well, I'm happy to tell you that I successfully completed the challenge!

Here were my top ten choices, for anybody who wants to get their feet wet.

Best YA Fantasy About Graffiti: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
Best Noir Mystery Calling Out Racism:Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Best Influential Novel Lost for Decades:Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Best Retelling of a Folktale You've (Probably) Never Heard Of:Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
Best Memoir of an Interracial Family:The Color of Water by James McBride
Most Meaningful Love Story That Will Surprise You:I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage
Best YA Fairy Tale You Thought You Knew:Hunting Monsters by SL Huang
Best Collection from an LGBT Author Lost Too Soon:Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Best Novel About an Aging Silent Film Star:The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr

Behind the cut is the list of 50 books I read, organized by category. A few books appear multiple times since stuff like LGBT and Short Pieces can span many genres. Stars indicate noteworthy reads, though I couldn't fit them all in the top ten. And, there were no terrible books in this project tbh. Everything on this list is worth a look.


Graphic Novels
Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black by Karl Bollers
The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
5 Shots by Jemir Robert Johnson
Incognegro by Mat Johnson
*Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Skim by Mariko Tamaki (author) and Jillian Tamaki (illustrator)
*With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child Volume 1 by Keiko Tobe
White author, PoC Illustrator
It Rhymes with Lust by Arnold Drake, Leslie Waller, Matt Baker and Ray Osrin

Children's
The Firebird by Misty Copeland
The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton (author) and Leo & Diane Dillon (illus)
Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton
The Dark-Thirty by Patricia C. McKissack (author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
*The Arrival by Shaun Tan
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson

YA
*Hunting Monsters by SL Huang​
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
​*Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
The Vampire's Beautiful Daughter by SP Somtow​

Mystery
*​Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian

Romance
Sanctuary Cove by Rochelle Alers
The Vampire Viscount by Karen Harbaugh
A Brother's Honor by Brenda Jackson
Winds of the Storm by Beverly Jenkins

Novels
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
*I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage
*Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
*The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr

​Other ​Nonfiction
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dear G Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane

Memoir
Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home by Sheri Booker
The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive by Marvelyn Brown with Courtney E. Martin
*What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
*The Color of Water by James McBride

Collections
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou​
Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha
*Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Meaty by Samantha Irby
*Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
*This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
We Came All the Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? by Achy Obejas

LGBT
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
*Hunting Monsters by SL Huang​
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Huntress by Malinda Lo
*Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
We Came All the Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? by Achy Obejas

SF/F
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha
*Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
*Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi
Huntress by Malinda Lo
*Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley



I learned so much from doing this project. It was really interesting and the quality of the books was consistently high. I feel like I have just scratched the surface and there are so many great books out there still.

I was inspired to do this project by reading this article. If anybody is interested in doing something similar for 2016 you might want to check out this community on LJ and/or this one on tumblr.
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