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

Global Women of Colour Challenge 2013 *DNF*

Global Women of Colour Books

Image links to challenge site

So many to choose from: this is just a list of possibilities, culled from titles that have been waiting for the Right Reading Time for awhile now.

Quite likely, as the reading year goes on, I will be drawn in other directions, but, in case whimsy lets me down, the list below might help:

(The links on the list of maybes are to the books’ GoodReads pages. The links on the list below are to my own thoughts on the books as I have read/posted about them.)

1. Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria (2006) AUSTRALIA Waanji

2. Louise Erdrich’s Tracks (1988) NORTH AMERICA Anishinaabe
3. Lee Maracle’s First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style (2010) NORTH AMERICA Stó:lō

4. Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love (2010) AFRICA Sierra Leone
5. Bessie Head’s A Question of Power (1973) or Maru (1971) AFRICA Botswana
6. Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions (1988) AFRICA Rhodesia

7. Pauline Melville’s The Ventriloquist’s Tale (1997) SOUTH AMERICA Guyana
8. Isabel Allende’s Eva Luna (1987) SOUTH AMERICA Chile

9. Xu Xiaobin’s Feathered Serpent (2009) ASIA China
10. Sawako Ariyoshi’s The River Ki (1959) ASIA Japan

As soon as I start making a list like this, I realize that 10 books for a challenge like this is actually a small number. At first, I was thinking “ten?”, but now I’m thinking “only ten”.

Currently reading:

1971; Heinemann, 1995

1971; Heinemann, 1995

Books actually read:

1. Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria (2006) AUSTRALIAN Waanji

2. Bessie Head’s Maru (1971) AFRICA Botswana

3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah (2013) AFRICA Nigeria

Incomplete, but these were great reads!

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