Making March Count

I did one of those things where I stopped paying attention to my diversity count and the inevitable happened. My ratio dropped to 15%. In my defense I was binging a couple series so it was bound to happen, but it proved to me that it’s true how the publishing world doesn’t reflect the percentage of authors of color that are out there. To get my numbers up and to challenge myself I have decided to dedicate March to reading AoC. The only exception will be a couple series books that come out that I can’t bear to wait on. Here’s a list of books I already own or have easy access to (Thanks Oyster and Scribd), plus a stack I picked up at the library.

Come Together Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo, Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen, and Frog by Mo Yan
Come Together Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo, Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen, and Frog by Mo Yan

Possible March AoC books (in no real order)

  1. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan(scribd) – I’m actually working on this one right now, but I doubt I’ll finish by Mar 1st so I’m counting it.
  2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (oyster) – Same same
  3. Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand (kindle)
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (kindle)
  5. Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Holder (kobo)
  6. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi (kobo)
  7. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri  (kobo)
  8. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (oyster)
  9. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie (oyster)
  10. Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min (oyster)
  11. Wild Ginger by Anchee Min (oyster)
  12. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner (oyster)
  13. The Mountain of Light by Indu Sundaresan (oyster)
  14. Three Sisters by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi(oyster)
  15. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord (oyster)
  16. Thirst by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (oyster)
  17. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (oyster)
  18. Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip (oyster)
  19. Secret of a Thousand Beauties by Mingmei Yip (oyster)
  20. Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan (kindle)
  21. Brick Lane by Monica Ali (scribd)
  22. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (scribd)
  23. Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation by Veronica Chambers (scribd)
  24. The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata Massey (scribd)
  25. Pearl of China by Anchee Min (print)
  26. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (print)
  27. Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid (print)
  28. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (print)
  29. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (print)
  30. The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim (print)
  31. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (print)
  32. Sula by Toni Morrison (print)
  33. Paradise by Toni Morrison (print)
  34. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushie (print)
  35. The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie (print)
  36. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (print)
  37. China Dolls by Lisa See (print)
  38. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (print)
  39. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (print)
  40. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (print)
  41. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan (print)
  42. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (print)
  43. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (print)
  44. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (print)
  45. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (print)
  46. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (print)

I can’t even begin to tell you where I’m going to begin, besides the library books and the two I’ve already started. I’ve been averaging about 30 books a month so I think I can make a good dent. There are so many that have been sitting on my shelves for so long. I also forgot to add I’m reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler for a Scifi/Fantasy by AoC book club I just got invited to today. I definitely am going to read at least one Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Salman Rushdie, and Zadie Smith. Which ones I’m not sure yet. I’m up for suggestions.

Any others off of the list I should get to sooner than later?

Checking in

I thought I’d do a quick update. I’ve been lost in a rabbit hole of The West Wing, The Sims 4 (now that it’s been released on Mac), and BDSM erotica since reading Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinner series and trying to find out if she’s more the norm or E.L. James is. It’s for science…really. Really kinky science. More about my findings later.

What I just finished reading:
No Land’s Man by Aasif Mandvi (audiobook) – This was a pretty short audiobook which was good. He kept it concise. I love Aasif on The Daily Show and as much as I would have liked to hear more about what it’s like to work there and to come up with material, I understand (although if he and the other correspondents want to write that book, I’m in).

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Norberg (audiobook) – A fairly long audiobook, it took me quite a bit of time to finish it since I was only listening in the car when I took my oldest to and from school so it was slow going. Then I got the aforementioned Sims 4 and knocked it out. I really was intrigued by the idea of girls who dress as boys for a variety of reasons. I think Norbert did a great job giving a voice to the people she encountered.

What I’m reading:
The Barefoot Queen by Ildefonso Falcones (ebook) – The Barefoot Queen is a translated book for the #readharder challenge. I don’t know much about this era in history so I’m soaking it in. I’ll probably do my usual research while I read. Does anyone know any good book recommendations for Spain in the 1700’s regarding the Roma people?
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (print, library) – I don’t have a lot of experience reading poetry, but I thought I’d give it a try since it’s won so many awards and has had the bookternet buzzing. I haven’t actually started it yet, but I plan to this afternoon.

What are you reading right now? What have you read recently? Anything for kinky science?

Harper Lee!

Guys I know. I know. I promised I’d do better and I’ve already failed you. I’m not done though. I’m just reworking some ideas. Doing a post for all the #readharder tasks wasn’t really working for me. I am not a book review site and it was starting to feel that way. I’m rethinking how I want to do that. I also am toying with branching out from just writing about books to other awesome geeky stuff I like. Still working the angles.

In better news, I’m sure you’ve already heard the squee worthy Harper Lee news. I’m optimistic with reservations (which is coincidently my new band name). I’ll read it, of course. I am just scared of what kind of expectations comes from such an epic announcement.

2015 is setting up to be pretty great in books. We get a new Millennium (which I can never spell right the first time) book, a Harper Lee, and a Toni Morrison. I like saying it like that. It sounds like instead of their books, we’re all actually going to get the authors themselves. There are some genre authors who put a book out around the same time each year that I’m also looking forward to, but it’s not really the same, right? We take those for granted. It’s these authors who write sparingly so we must savor each bite. No matter the quality of the Harper Lee book, it’s doubtful we’re going to get any more after that. Toni Morrison is older so we probably don’t have many more from her in the future and Stieg Larsson is no longer with us so the rest of the Millennium books in theory aren’t even what he would have given us.

Are you going to reread To Kill a Mockingbird to get ready? Who would you like to see a new book from right now?