The other day, I read that a diverse reading list won’t dismantle white supremacy and patriarchy, and I wonder if that is true. If everyone everywhere would hear different stories and perspectives throughout their lives, this might actually be really powerful.
However, I also see the comment’s point, and there is more we can do right now, and we should do it all. All of this is needed in the first place to get those divers reading lists into the schools, night-stands, coffee tables, backpacks, e-readers and kindergartens of the world.
Having said that, here’s one piece of the bundle: my attempt at a diverse reading list.
It’s not that easy, and that’s not because the talents and books aren’t out there. They are often buried under tons of seemingly way better white male authors, and it’s hard to set them aside as they look so important and are so well known, and something deep down inside me was also trained to see them as the best option.
My idea for this article is to challenge myself and document my progress. I also intended to read a book each week, but I am also quite behind on that one…
My diverse reading list
Last year I made a list too and summarized my favourite books of 2020.
Books read in 2021
- Margret Atwood – Madd Addam
- Cory Doctorow – Little Brother
- Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2033 1/4
- Alice Hasters – Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen aber wissen sollten
- Sophie Scholl – Das Verhör
- Alan E. Cober – The forgotten Society
- Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2033 2/4
- Tupoka Ogette – Exit Racism
- Chinua Achebe – Alles zerfällt (Things fall apart)
- Vivek Cibber – Das ABC des Kapitalismus I Kapitalismus verstehen
- Vivek Cibber – Das ABC des Kapitalismus II Kapitalismus und Staat
- Anne Frank – Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank (Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl)
- Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram – Little Bird #1 The Fight For Elder’s Hope
- Vivek Cibber – Das ABC des Kapitalismus III Kapitalismus und Klassenkampf
- Nnedi Okorafor – Binti
- Amos Oz – Between Friends
- Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other
- Haruki Murakami – First Person Singular
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists
The stats so far
- Woman/Men/Other 8/9/0
- Black/Asian/White 6/1/10
- Art or Graphic Novel/Non-Fiction/Fiction 4/6/7
- Paper/e-reader/Audiobook 5/0/12
- The language I read/ heard the book in German/English 9/8
Uhm, this doesn’t sit well with me – any hints on how to do the stats better?!? Please help!
What I am reading at the moment
- Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim – Der kleinste gemeinsame Nenner
- Wendy Jehanara Tremayne – The Good Life Lab
Diverse reading list: Books I’d like to read
- Octavia E. Butler – Kindred
- Stefanie Goldschneider – Speisepilze selbst anbauen
- Brian K. Vaughan – Y the last man – Book 2
- Sharon Dodua Otoo – Adas Raum
- Robin DiAngelo – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
- Esi Edugyan – Half-Blood Blues: A Novel
- Sonya Renee Taylor – The Body Is Not An Apology
- Joe Sacco – Wir gehören dem Land (Paying the land)
- Erin Morgenstern – The Starless Sea: the spellbinding Sunday
- Joan Halifax – Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet
- Elvia Wilk – Oval
- Mungi Ngomane – I am because you are
- Leonora Carrington – The Hearing Trumpet
- Sabrina Ward Harrison – Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself
- Francoise Bourzat – Consciousness Medicine
- Robert Jones, Jr. – The Prophets
- Adebayo C Akomolafe – WE WILL TELL OUR OWN STORY!: The Lions of Africa Speak!
- Travis Alabanza – Before I Step Outside [You Love Me]
- Allison Moon – Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life
- Penélope Bagieu – Valerosas 2 : mujeres que solo hacen lo que ellas quieren
- So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Nalo Hopkinson – Brown Girl in the Ring
- Alexis Lothian – Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility
- Suzette Haden Elgin – Native Tounge
- Diane di Prima – Recollections of My Life as a Woman
- Frank Ostaseski – The Five Invitations: What the Living Can Learn From the Dying
- Saul D. Alinsky – Call Me a Radical: Organizing und Empowerment
- Michelle Tea – Black Wave
- Yasunari Kawabata – Schneeland
- André Gide – Der schlechtgefesselte Prometheus: Und andere Erzählungen
Brittle Paper is a great resource for African literature.
Do you have tips or book I should read? Please send me a message!