It’s working well so far. I am starting the third year of curating the books I am reading a lot more consciously and I am looking forward to all the things I’ll learn along the way.
Here are the 2021diverse reading list and 2020 diverse reading list summaries and the recommendations of those years.
In the beginning, there was the question of whether that could change the world and by now I think I am ready to answer with a “yes”.
The yes however comes – as usual – with a few restrictions. First, one needs to be in the privileged position to even think about curating one’s reading list and secondly only that is not enough. So it’s not a universal tool I recommend to everyone for everything, but it’s one thing among others I do to change myself and therefore the world.

Do you have tips, authors, books you think I should read? Please send me a message!
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Books read in 2022

  • January
  • Arthur Rimbaud – Illuminations
  • Helmut Schmidt, Fritz Stern – Unser Jahrhundert
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – Slaughterhouse-five

The stats so far

  • Woman/Men/Other 0/3/0
  • BIPOC/White 0/3
  • Art or Graphic Novel/Non-Fiction/Fiction or Poetry 0/1/2
  • Paper/e-reader/Audiobook 1/0/2
  • The language I read/ heard the book in German/English 2/1

Any hints on how to do the diverse reading list stats better? Ideas welcome!

What I am reading at the moment

  • Rainer Maria Rilke – Das Stundenbuch
  • Octavia E. Butler – Parable of the Sower

Diverse reading list: Books I’d like to read

  • Amnesty International – Digital security and human rights
  • Jessica Bennett – Feminist Fight Club
  • Francis Seeck & Brigitte Theißl – Solidarisch gegen Klassismus
  • Emma – Ein anderer Blick auf den Klimawandel
  • Dilek Güngör – Vater und ich
  • Robin DiAngelo – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • 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
  • 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]
  • Penélope Bagieu – Valerosas 2 : mujeres que solo hacen lo que ellas quieren
  • So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • 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
  • Stefanie Goldschneider – Speisepilze selbst anbauen

Comic books/ Graphic novels

We have 5 series we are following. I am trying to stick to the rule of only having 5. We can only start a new one once we officially stop another, preferably when the story is finished.

  • Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2033
  • Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – Monstress
  • Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram – Little Bird
  • Brian K. Vaughan – Y the last man
  • Frank Herbert – Dune, The Graphic Novel