Friday, 22 January 2010

People Of Colour Reading Challenge: Sign-Up Post

I wasn’t going to sign-up for any more challenges. I really wasn’t. But with the controversy in the last week I feel that I should sign-up for this one. Actually ‘should’ is the wrong word, need is a better word. I belong in the category of readers who does not consider the author when I read. I read a book because the subject matter or story interests me. But I feel like I should start paying more attention to who I am reading as well as what. Like Eva said, I won’t read books that don’t interest me, but I will try and make a conscious effort to read POC books if the book interests me. I’ve looked through the books I have already chosen for my challenges and some of them are by POC or feature POC so I will be using them. The rules for this challenge are:

For this challenge all you need to do is grab the button from the side bar and add it to a post saying you are committed to reading POC authors and characters in this coming year. You do not have to pick your books now but you have to sign up to a level of how many you will read. Leave a comment to your post stating how many books you will read this year and tada automagically you are done.

Level 1: Read 1-3 POC books
Level 2. Read 4-6 POC books
Level 3. Read 7-9 POC books
Level 4. Read 10-15 POC books
Level 5. Read 16-25 POC books

I’m going to go for Level 4.

Books that I will probably be reading:

Tracks by Louise Erdrich (I will definitely be reading this one since it is an assigned read for school)

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama by The Dalai Lama (currently reading)

The Souls of Black Folk: Unabridged Edition by W.E.B Du Bois (my copy is from Project Gutenberg)

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living by The Dalai Lama

Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

I’ll be keeping my eyes out for other good books. I’m very open to suggestions.


Amanda said...

I love this challenge. I wasn't going to sign up for any more either, but I will be for this one in the next few days. Only I'm not going just for POC authors but for author and/or content.

thekoolaidmom said...

Ooh, a lot of good picks :-) I've read The Namesake, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and I have Wild Swans, The Forbidden Daughter, and Haunting Bombay on Mt. TBR.

Have you tried Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet? I really liked it.

Have fun reading :-)

Zee said...

Amanda~~I want to have a mixture of content and author. I'll keep a look out for your list.

thekoolaidmom~~I haven't read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet I'll take a look at it. Thanks!

Eva said...

I loved Wild Swans! :) And Lahiri has such gorgeous prose.

Zee said...

Eva~~I read Wild Swans when I was in college and loved it. I want to read it again because it has been so long. And I loved Interpreter of Maladies and have wanted to read more Lahiri. I too love her prose.