Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

POC Reading Challenge 2011

Image Links to Challenge SiteWant to join in? Here's the sign-up post.I'll be posting links to my BIP-ish responses to the challenge site.

This is the greatest number of books that I’ve ever signed up to read for a challenge — 25 — but I don’t think I’ll have any trouble meeting my target.

Especially as I’m sure I’ll be adding endlessly to my TBR list as I follow other participants’ reviews!

I’m trying to emphasize new-to-me authors in this challenge as well, but there are some already-favourites in here (Thomas King and Banana Yoshimoto) and a re-read (but ages ago, Alice Walker).

1. Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake

2. Adwoa Badoe’s Between Sisters

3. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

4. Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water

6. Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998)

7. Leila Aboulela’s Lyrics Alley (2010)

8. Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers (2010)

9. Wendy Law-Yone’s The Road to Wanting (2010)

11. Anita Rau Badami’s Tamarind Mem (1996)

12. Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie’s Aya de Yopougon (2005)

13. Banana Yoshimoto’s The Lake (2005; translated by Michael Emmerich, 2011)

14. Sharon Draper’s Tears of a Tiger (1994)

15. Aristophane’s The Zabîme Sisters (1996; trans. Matt Madden, 2010)

16. George Elliott Clarke’s Whylah Falls (1990)

17. Ian Williams’ You Know Who You Are (2010)

18. Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues (2011)

19. Farzana Doctor’s Stealing Nasreen (2007)

22. Suzette Mayr’s Monoceros (2011)

23. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1983)

24. Dany Laferriere’s The Return (Trans. David Homel, 2011)

25. Jacqueline L. Tobin’s From Midnight to Dawn (2007)

26. Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table (2011)

27. Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone (2001)

28. Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie’s Aya de Yopougon 2 (2006)

29. Jaspreet Singh’s Chef (2008)



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