I am all about gifts that are meaningful, personal, and spreads knowledge. As I think about what gifts I gave to friends and loved ones throughout the year, I was surprised that it was mostly books written by or about womxn of color. This act of sharing narratives from womxn of color definitely inspired me to start a “Womxn of Color” reading challenge for the new year.
Below are only 5 books (out of a dozen or so) written by womxn of color authors that I purchased this year, specifically as gifts. I am recommending books that are published within the past 2 years, and should be readily available/in stock at bookstores:
December 22, 2016
I’m going to admit it–I buy more books than I can read. Used books, particularly. For the past year I’ve been quietly collecting used books written by womxn of color, with the hope of finishing it before I spend $4 on another used book. So far, most have yet to be read, and honestly, they’re usually in the form of decorative props throughout the house–which you know, is kind of ironic for womxn of color? Yes? No?
In an attempt to hold myself accountable for reading more books, and to redirect my energy from intellectual/emotional/physical/mental labor, I asked a couple of close friends and folks on social media if they wanted to participate in a reading challenge. After a super quick Google search to gather ideas, I was super disappointed. Most of the 2017 reading challenges I’ve searched on Pinterest have great ideas, like this one, this one, and this one from 2015. Yet, none focused specifically on the narratives, voices, and wealth of womxn of color authors. In this day and age, I want to hear less from “best-selling” (whose criteria anyway??) White men writing about anything they think they’re the experts of (ahem), and more from the badass womxn of color who are the foundations for change.
So there is a gap. Let’s build a stronger structure.
- Calling all folks who want to read more books, and stay woke, in 2017
- All books must be written by womxn of color
- You do not have to identify as a womxn of color
- Choose one book for each challenge
- Borrow from your local or campus library, or purchase your own books
- Go in whichever order makes meaning to you
- Share your literary journey! — I’m still figuring this part out. We’ll be in touch 🙂
Here we go! Here is the full reading challenge list inspired by other “generic” lists, but most ideas are my own. I thought of it while procrastinating from writing the syllabus for my first-year learning community seminar. It’s a win-win really.