What if we only read authors who were just like us? How boring would that be?
But when I take a good hard look at the books I've read in 2008, most of them happen to be written by white middle class people. Thirty-six out of forty-two, in fact, according to my LibraryThing library.
Not that I turn away from books written by non-white authors--but let's face it, there aren't as many (hence the term "minorities"), and they don't jump off the shelves into my arms. In some bookstores they're hidden in their own special section. If I'm going to stretch myself--and I mean, beyond Toni Morrison and Amy Tan--I'll have to make a special effort.
So, I'm setting a challenge for myself for 2009, and I invite you to join me.
Look at that button, isn't it cool? Alea of Pop Culture Junkie made it for me! I love the beautiful, bright butterfly emerging from the plain-covered book.
I've been hesitant to try to drum up enthusiasm for yet another reading challenge, because there are so many great ones out there and I know lots of challenge-minded people are feeling overwhelmed by them all. What if I host a challenge and nobody comes?
But here's the good news: all I'm asking you to do is commit to reading one book. Or, simply add links on my Challenge website to books you review that fit the criteria, to help me and others find them. Or tweak your reading lists, to incorporate one author of color in your other reading challenges.
Want to know more? Click on over and subscribe to Diverse Books! Even if you don't sign up for the challenge, I'll be posting diverse reading lists for every genre I can think of--there will be links to book recommendations and reviews--I'm even learning how to use Mr. Linky!
Oh, I almost forgot! I need book recommendations to add to my lists! Do you have a favorite author of color (be they black, Asian, Arab, Indian, Native American)? (And if it's Toni Morrison, Amy Tan, or Maya Angelou....do you have another favorite I might not have thought of?) If so, please tell me the title, genre, author's name, and their ethnic background if you know.