Inspired by this post, in which Victoria Law plans to read 50 books by writers of color, mostly women, I’ve decided to do my own reading challenge.
I’m going to aim to read 25 books written by women of color this year, of any and all genres. In the past two months, I’ve read only one–Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, which I recommend highly–so I have some catching up to do!
Both Law’s post and this essay by Aimee Phan have good recommendations for books by women of color. I’m also looking forward to Roxane Gay‘s novel An Untamed State, which will be coming out next month.
A few other books I am hoping to read:
–The Summer We Got Free, by Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous
–Ash by Malinda Lo
–Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism by Jessica Yee (unfortunately, my library doesn’t have this one, and I really don’t like to buy books unless I already know I like them, but I will try to get a hold of it somehow)
-Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Sarasinha’s Love Cake and Consensual Genocide (my library doesn’t have these either, sigh)
And here are a few books by WOC that I’ve read in the past and recommend for anyone doing a similar challenge–or anyone who likes good books, period:
–Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I was first introduced to Adichie’s writing in college, and it’s been so exciting to see her become more and more popular, to the extent that Beyonce sampled one of her speeches in the song “Flawless.”
–The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
–Cereus Blooms At Night and He Drown She in the Sea by Shani Mootoo
–Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni
–A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
What books by women of color do you like?