POC Reading Challenge

Status: 23/25

I’m signing up again for the POC Reading Challenge. Once again, I’m signing up for Level 5. Last year, my goal was to read at least 20 books by POC. This year I’m shooting for 25.  It really isn’t hard to find excellent books in all genres–literary fiction included–by POC. I encourage people to try it out, even if it’s a just couple of books for Level 1.

Via the challenge site:

Please remember that this challenge is about diversifying your reading and showing the publishers we do care about PoC literature and we want to see more of it on the shelves of bookshelves. That we do not want to see the white washing of covers and we will not stand for it….Please do not forget about what an important issue this is and even though things have been going well for quite a while these issues are never going to be over and we have to be proactive.

Level 1: Read 1-3 POC books
Level 2. Read 4-6 POC books
Level 3. Read 7-9 POC books
Level 4. Read 10-15 POC books
Level 5. Read 16-25 POC books

Books read for this challenge:

  1. Late for Tea at the Deer Palace by Tamara Chalabi [review]
  2. House Divided by Raul Ramos y Sanchez [review]
  3. Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera ed. by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Georgina Guzmán [review]
  4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga*
  5. The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik [review]
  6. The Education of Women and The Vices of Men trans. by Hasan Javadi and Willem Floor [review]
  7. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  8. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  9. Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman [review]
  10. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  11. Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle
  12. Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee [review]
  13. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  14. Quarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta [review]
  15. Flight by Sherman Alexie
  16. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  17. Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging ed. by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber [review]
  18. Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina by Rosie Molinary
  19. Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
  20. God Dies by the Nile by Nawal El Saadawi [review]
  21. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter [review]
  22. Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s “Irreverent Apparition” ed. by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Alma López
  23. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks

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