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?

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