Whilst I have tried to be more aware of the diversity of authors I have read this year, and have tried to read more authors of colour, my reading is still predominantly white. At least 18 of the 29 books I have read so far this year were written by white authors (I excluded those authors who wrote ~2000 years ago as we cannot know their race or ethnicity for certain). Which is not great at all. It’s certainly more diverse than I’ve been before, but that just emphasises how white my reading used to be.
October is Black History Month in the UK. So for this month I’ve decided that I will only read books that were written by people of colour. Books I am planning to read, because I actually own them, will be Another Country by James Baldwin, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.
I’m also planning to make a library trip to pick up either Half of a Yellow Sun or Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read Americanah earlier this year and adored it, so I really want to read more of her work.
If anyone has any recommendations of books or authors that I should check out then please let me know! I’d love to discover some new-to-me authors and am happy to try out fiction or non-fiction. If you have any recommendations who are women of colour, I’d especially love to hear them!