Diversifying My Reads!

My URL is readingisthespiceoflife, a play on the term variety is the spice of life. I try to post about a variety of genres, although I tend to slant towards the YA reading genre. Well, my reading is about to get more diverse. Last year, I only read 12 books  out of my total of 156 books featuring people of color or written by people of color. Lame, right?

This year, 2010 is a year for changes. This year I plan on reading a larger portion of PoC books, in part because  of how much I think whitewashing sucks, and also in part because there are so many awesome books out there which just so happen to be written by people of color. I also would never ever want someone to call me ignorant, therefore I am going to educate myself.

I encourage you to color your reading as well and join the People of Color Reading Challenge.

I’m joining at Level 5 read 16-25 books written by PoC authors or featuring PoC. I hope to go above and beyond. I will be reviewing every book I read for this challenge.

Here are a few of the books I am looking at reading:

Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Wait For Me by An Na
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
The Dream Bearer by Walter Dean Myers
Four Souls by Louise Erdrich
Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Homeless Bird by Cynthia Wheland
Push by Sapphire
There’s more on my goodreads – Multicultural Shelf also the shelf contains books I’ve rated, so check it out if we’ve got similar tastes.

Also I recommend you check out Ari’s blog for recommendations as well as Color Online as well as Black Eyed Susans

Also, since you are looking at blog, I’m almost certain you know how to google, so search multicultural books, you won’t be disappointed and will hopefully find some new books to treasure!

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Looks great. You have some of the same books I want to read!

  2. cj'alhafiz says

    hey April!!! all da best for challenge gal!


  3. Oooh…signing up as well! You have some great reading ahead of you 🙂

  4. A Bookshelf Monstrosity says

    Your list looks great! I especially enjoy Walter Dean Myers' work.

  5. amyknichols says

    What a great list. Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors ever. I'm going to put several of these books on my TBR list for this year. Thank you!

  6. Color Online says

    Hi April,

    Can you drop me an email. I have a request and I can't find your addy.


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