Saturday, May 30, 2009

Diversity Rocks Reading Challenge

Hosted by Ali of Worducopia.

January 1-December 31, 2009

"Read 6, 12, or 24 books by authors of colour."

I will read at least 12 books, with those completed highlighted or linked to reviews.

Kitchen**** by Banana Yoshimoto (Japanese)
Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes**** by Tamar Yellin (Jewish)
The Spanish Bow***** by Andromeda Romano-Lax (Spain/Spanish)
The Sum of Our Days**** by Isabel Allende (Chilean/Spanish)
Reading Lolita in Tehran**** by Azar Nafisi (Iranian)
The Madwoman of Bethlehem***** by Rosine Nimeh-Mailloux (Arab Israeli)
Love in the Time of Cholera**** by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Columbia/Spanish)


The Disappeared**** by Kim Echlin
The Accordionist's Son**** by Bernardo Axtaga (Basque/Spanish)
Carpentaria****+ by Alexis Wright (Aboriginal Australian)
Belong to Me**** by Marisa de los Santos (Spanish/American)
Becoming Abigail***** by Chris Abani (Nigerian)
The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover (Jewish/Burma)

Other possiblities

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (to be reviewed)
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (African Canadian )
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (Mexican American)
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (India)
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee (Hong Kong/Chinese)
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (Native Canadian)
The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi (Iraqi Kurd)
Free Food for Millionairess by Min Jin Lee (Korean American)
Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee (Korean)
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer Lee (Chinese)
Transparency by Frances Hwang (Chinese)
Strangers from a Different Shore by Ronald Takaki (Japanese)
B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras (Venezuela/Spanish)
Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez (Mexican American)
The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos by Margaret Mascarenhas (Venezuelan/India)
Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda (Hispanic American)

Update May 30:

I have reached my initial goal of 12 books, so I am revising my goal to read 24 books by authors of diverse ethnicity this year.


  1. I admire your commitment to the cause! Good for you!

  2. It is funny that I should find this. I challanged myself to read as many foreign authors as possible this year. So far, I have read Brick Lane: Monica Ali, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: Junot Díaz, Five Quarters of the Orange: Joanne Harris, The House of the Spirits: Isabel Allende, The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini, Life of Pi: Yann Martel, The Lions of Al-Rassan: Guy Gavriel Kay, A Thousand Splendid Suns: Khaled Hosseini, Hanna's Daughters, Marianne Fredriksson. And, I have a pile of about 15 more on my TBR stack. So much fun!!

  3. Rebecca Cox, would you like to join the challenge, too? Sounds like it fits right in with what you're doing anyway, and if you share your thoughts on the books you can even win prizes. :-)



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