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I didn’t talk about it much–I didn’t talk about anything much, this month–but last year’s #readwomen expanded this year into #readthemargin, a challenge to read books in December written by authors from marginalized groups: women, certainly, but also PoC, non-Christian, or LGBT+ authors.
Basically, things not by straight, white, cisgender men.
I could never give them up entirely, or even for a year as some of my friends have done in the past; many of my favorite authors fall into the (temporarily) forbidden category. But for a month? I’m in.
I pulled together over 20 books from my TBR piles and a few more filched from my husband’s college books that I’d been meaning to get to. I knew I wouldn’t come anywhere close to reading all of them (and I didn’t) but I wanted to have plenty to chose from.
So here’s the list of what I did read and why, let’s see how I did!
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. (female, PoC)
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth. (female, LGBT+)
- A Wedding in December, by Anita Shreve (female)
- The White Boy Shuffle, by Paul Beatty (PoC)
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi (female, PoC, non-Christian)
- The Hundred Secret Senses, by Amy Tan (female, PoC)
- Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi (female, PoC)
- In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez (female, PoC)
Overall, it was a great experience–two of the books I read, I gave five stars, and a few four–and I definitely read a few things I’d been meaning to for a while, plus some more I might not have read if not for the challenge.
The books I picked out but didn’t get through are definitely on my to-read list for 2017.
I encourage everyone, challenge time or not, to diversify your reading! Stop reading the same old stories from the same old white dudes! (Or, rather, choose your white-dude authors with care, because there are still plenty of them out there worth your time. Just don’t ONLY read old white dudes, okay?)