Diversity 2017

I’ve been thinking about this for some time and I finally made up my that I’m going to do it.

In 2017 I’m only going to read books written by and about people of color.

The idea came to me a few years ago when I going through my literature books. Trying to figure out what I was going to keep and what I was going to give away. I noticed that my library was quite culturally, ethnically, and racially limited.

Of 300 books only 17% were written by and about people of color and the remaining were by European or American white males. I also noticed that there were very few women authors in this collection. I always knew that my scope of reading was limited as literature major, but I had no idea as to how limited until I took stock.

A couple of years ago I came across a blog, A Year of Reading Around the World by Ann Morgan (check out her Ted Talk) and I thought: ‘Wow! how interesting. Maybe I should look into doing something like that.’ However, I decided to forego that endeavor for right now and go with diversifying my reading with books that are on my To Be Read list and books I can easily get at the library.

Here’s my list thus far. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share.

Last Name First Name Title
Achebe Chinua Things Fall Apart
Adichi Chimamanda Ngozi Americanah
Alexie Sherman The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Allende Isabel Ripper
Alvarez Julia Saving the World
Butler Octavia Kindred
Cao Lan Monkey Bridge
Chang Jade The Wangs vs. The World
Cohelo Paulo The Alchemist
Erdrich Louise ???
Diaz Junot The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Gyasi Yaa Homegoing
Hosseini Khaled The Kite Runner
Hurston Zora Neale Jonah’s Gourd Vine
Ishiguro Kazu When We Were Orphans
Kingston Maxine Hong China Men
Kwan Kevin Crazy Rich Asians
Marquez Gabriel Garcia ???
Mathis Ayana The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Morrison Toni Home
Murakami Haruki Norwegian Wood
Otsuka Julie When the Emperor was Divine
Satrapi Marjane Persepolis 1 & 2
See Lisa Shanghai Girls
Tan Amy The Hundred Secret Senses
Tsukiyama Gail A Hundred Flowers
Yanagihara Hanya A Little Life

3 thoughts on “Diversity 2017

  1. Publishing companies push books by white males, it’s what they do. I just finished Herbie Hancock’s autobiography, Possibilities. Maybe not up your alley or your cup of tea, but it was an interesting book. But then, I’m a music nerd and love electronics and he was/is an innovator of electronic music, so….

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