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2017 Reading Challenge: 50 Books by WOC authors

2017 Reading Challenge: 50 Books by WOC authors

Happy New Year all! I know it has been a long time. 2016 was a busy and like Kylie Jenner said it was a year of realizing stuff (JK!)

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Really though a lot went down this past year and as each year passes, I am learning more about myself, and better able to articulate what I value. One of the things that I feel I did not spend enough time doing this past year was reading. For as long as I can remember, even before I could read, I loved books. Books have been my refuge in difficult times and have helped shape my openness to the world around me. That is why in this new year I am taking on a challenge that many others have undertaken. I am challenging myself to read 50 books this year, specifically books written by women of color (WOC).

I spend a lot of time thinking about the power of narrative and how representations and stories impact the ways in which we perceive the world. For those of us who are considered "others", perhaps because we are brown/black, female, LGBTQA, disabled or simply don't fit in to the package of white, mainstream, normality, our stories are often undervalued or ignored. There is a misconception that we need to be "given" a voice, as if there aren't so many people working hard to make their voices heard. I think it's more important that our voices are amplified.

As the very wise Marley Dias expressed when explaining why she started her #1000blackgirls book campaign, "All the books that I was reading had white boys and dogs as the main characters. And I was pretty sick of it." Women of color have been creating spaces and platforms for ourselves since forever, and that is something that I intend to celebrate this year.

To start off 2017 the first book, which I am currently reading is "Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness" compiled by Rebecca Walker. These sixteen essays examine blackness, coolness, and how the two converge. It's an exploration of all the identities that Black people throughout the diaspora hold, and what it means to be black. After that I plan to read "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay. Bad Feminist is also a compilation of essays written by Gay and focused on her own shaping as a black women and feminist, and her thoughts on the state of feminism today in relation to culture.    

In no particular order, here are the 48 other books I plan on reading this year. They are books I have not yet read and include everything from fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, history, family sagas, tragedy, slavery, generational trauma, romance, coming of age, afrofuturism, poetry, the prison industrial complex, graphic novels and so much more. Though "person of color" is usually used as the catch-all phrase for black people, these are not only the stories of black women. I hope you enjoy this list and I will keep you updated on how the challenge is going!

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Thank you all for being patient with me as my posting has been very sporadic. I plan to post more this year, including a life update. I would love to hear what your favorite books are and if you have read any of the books on this list, which were your favorites, etc. You can comment below or find me on Facebook, Instagram or email.

Thank you so much for visiting! 

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