My 2015 Reading List Includes Nothing Written By White Men

Can you take a yearlong diverse books challenge?

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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!)