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My 2015 Reading List Includes Nothing Written By White Men

Can you take a yearlong diverse books challenge?

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In the year 2015, I've resolved not to read a single book written by a white, male author.

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I'm doing this because white men are overrepresented in almost every aspect of the publishing industry, and I tend to read their books disproportionately by default.

After a long time reading books written by people in publishing's privileged majority, I want to spend a year seeking some balance in the perspectives and voices I take in. Hence, this personal diverse books challenge!

So far I've turned to Twitter for a very specific kind of book recommendation.

In 2015 I'm not reading any books written by white, male authors. What books should be on my to-read list?

alexis nedd@alexistheneddFollow

In 2015 I'm not reading any books written by white, male authors. What books should be on my to-read list?

5:04 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Here's what some people suggested:

@alexisthenedd 'Americanah', anything James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, anything Toni Morrison, specifically Sula etc lol

chris hollingsworth@ca_hollingswrthFollow

@alexisthenedd 'Americanah', anything James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, anything Toni Morrison, specifically Sula etc lol

2:51 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@alexisthenedd @BuzzFeedBooks The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

LilFreeLibrary 20744@LFLibrary20744Follow

@alexisthenedd @BuzzFeedBooks The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

5:23 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd Sarah Manguso's Ongoingness, Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts, and Alejandro Zambra's My Documents.

Nate Lippens@NateLippensFollow

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd Sarah Manguso's Ongoingness, Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts, and Alejandro Zambra's My Documents.

5:23 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@alexisthenedd @IsaacFitzgerald Dawn, Octavia Butler. Spirits Abroad, Zen Cho. The Bone People, Keri Hulme.

S.I. Rosenbaum@sirosenbaumFollow

@alexisthenedd @IsaacFitzgerald Dawn, Octavia Butler. Spirits Abroad, Zen Cho. The Bone People, Keri Hulme.

5:26 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd the new James Hanaham, Delicious Foods!

Lincoln Michel@TheLincolnFollow

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd the new James Hanaham, Delicious Foods!

5:18 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd Sara Barron (humor/nonfic), Amelia Gray (David Lynch-esque fic), Amelia Kahaney (YA)

Ian Carlos Crawford@ianxcarlosFollow

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd Sara Barron (humor/nonfic), Amelia Gray (David Lynch-esque fic), Amelia Kahaney (YA)

5:18 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo

Beulah Maud Devaney@TheNotoriousBMDFollow

@IsaacFitzgerald @alexisthenedd Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo

5:19 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@alexisthenedd The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck), Drown (Junot Díaz), & The Book of Unknown Americans (Cristina Henríquez)

Demi@demiwetzelFollow

@alexisthenedd The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck), Drown (Junot Díaz), & The Book of Unknown Americans (Cristina Henríquez)

5:20 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@alexisthenedd @BuzzFeedBooks A Brief History of Seven Killings

Laila@rosewatercandyFollow

@alexisthenedd @BuzzFeedBooks A Brief History of Seven Killings

5:17 PM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

(If you have any suggestions for what I should be reading this year, let me know in the comments below!)

I'll update this post every month with my progress, as well as list the books I'm reading for those who also want to diversify their book lists!

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