10 Books In 10 Months – Exploring The Works Of Indigenous Writers

The entire purpose of my blog is to continually remind people that reading diversely is important. My Twitter, my Instagram, Tumblr, and Goodreads accounts are all dedicated to that purpose. I try to lead by example and am very dedicated. However, my reading history still has some glaring holes and omissions.

Many of the books I read are by people of color who live in American or Europe, some from Canada. While I am very proud of this, I have much room to grow. For example, I have never read any books by Filipino authors or any Southeast Asian authors. I have neglected many countries in Africa, focusing mostly on Nigeria. Essentially, reading more internationally is something I hope to improve upon as a reader. I’m not too worried about it because I have many decades left to read the books of the world.

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The Ultimate Diverse Reading List: Over 300 Book Recommendations!

I created the Diverse Books Tag to promote as many diverse books as possible in the book blogging community. Making a list may seem like a minor and insignificant thing, but it really does matter. If one reader discovered a book that she would otherwise not have seen anywhere else, then these diverse reading lists were worth it. If even one book blogger who participated examined her reading history and acknowledge that it lacked diversity, then these lists definitely mattered.

Some people were able to write extensive and very impressive lists of the books they have read. Others relied on finding books that they wanted to read to create their lists. Both strategies are perfectly valid. What matters is that we continue to read the stories of marginalized people and that we remind one another that reading these stories is important. It’s also personally rewarding, intellectually fulfilling, and fun!

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Looking To Diversify Your Reading History? Read These 20 Books To Get Started.

If you’re a book lover, you have probably heard many discussions about the importance of reading books written by people from marginalized backgrounds.

Their value and importance isn’t in question. That’s been established long ago.

Now that we all agree that developing and practicing diverse reading habits is important, what we need is more people actually reading diverse books. Not just in 2016, but every year.

I created this list of 10 Young Adult and 10 Adult Fiction books for those who are genuinely interested in seeking out diverse voices in literature, but don’t know where to start.

If you are reading this out of legitimate interest, then I hope my recommendations serve you well and that I help you find your new favorite book.

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Diversity Is Not A Trend – 15 Blogs and Websites Committed To Diversity In Literature Year-Round

After three months of actively engaging in and exploring the book-blogging community, I have discovered even more blogs and websites that share my mission — to promote and give visibility to the stories written by people of color and other marginalized voices. These are people and organizations committed to year-round, life-long promotion of stories that reflect the richness of our world’s cultures.

Diversity in literature is not a trend and should never be treated as such.

Please visit and/or follow the blogs below to help promote multicultural reading in a small, but important way.

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6 Must-Read, But Lesser-Known Books by Mexican American Authors

The Mexican and Mexican-American population in the U.S. makes up the largest percentage of the country’s 50+ million Latino population. As the largest minority ethnic group, you would think there would be more representation of Latinos in all media. But the reality is that Latinos are criminally underrepresented in TV, movies, and books.

Over the past several decades, there have been a number of important works by Mexican-Americans that were published and gained both critical acclaim and commercial success. You may have heard of Sandra Cisneros, Gloria Anzaldua, and Rudolfo Anaya. Their work certainly should be read and discussed widely, but I encourage all readers to read these works and then continue to explore the wealth of brilliant literature penned by Mexican Americans.

Below is a list of some of my favorite works by Mexican-Americans that you may not have heard about, but should definitely read.

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Read Your World – 5 Must-Read Brazilian Novels

For this week’s edition of Read Your World, we will be traveling from Jamaica to Brazil, a country with a long and colorful history and an exciting literary scene. Brazil is interesting because it’s one of the more ethnically diverse countries in South America, and this diversity is reflected in its literature.

Currently, the country is suffering from a serious economic recession, is mired in corruption scandals and anti-government protests, so traveling to Brazil may not be ideal. But if you still find yourself planning a trip there this year, be sure to read the proper travel books and keep up with current events, but most importantly read the proper literature.

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Read Your World – 5 Must-Read Jamaican Authors

Welcome to the third week of Read Your World. This week I will be highlight 5 of Jamaica’s most talented contemporary writers and artists.

Jamaica has had a profound influence over Caribbean culture despite its small population size of 2.7 million. Its literary influence is especially impressive, with today’s writers, poets, and performing artists lending their voice and legitimizing Jamaica’s cultural significance.

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5 Must-Read Contemporary Mexican Writers

Welcome to another edition of Read Your World. This week, I want to highlight 5 of Mexico’s most talented contemporary writers.

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Read Your World – 4 Must-Read Korean Writers

Welcome to my new segment, Read Your World. Every week for the foreseeable future, I will write about 4 to 5 authors from countries around the world. I do this for the benefit of both myself as well as my readers and followers. The novels and books I choose may be fiction or nonfiction and I recommend them because I have either read them, have wanted to read them for some time, or trusted critics and authors recommend them.

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12 Blogs That Promote Diverse Books and Authors

A list of blogs and websites that promote multicultural reading and reading about the experiences of marginalized voices.

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