Reading at the End posted a blog of interesting links from around the interwebs, which is how I discovered the existence of “A More Diverse Universe,” a reading challenge hosted by Aarti at BookLust. The challenge is ingeniously simple but powerful:
- Read and review one book
- Written by a person of color
- During the last two weeks of September (September 14th – 27th)
Simple because, heck you’re already reading, right? All you have to do is just make sure your next book choice is authored by a person of color, which is any author who is not Caucasian. And powerful because reading one book by a person of color could lead to another and another and another. And our bookshelves might finally reflect the diversity of our world and the millions of writers out there of all ethnicities and backgrounds who are incredible writers. And then all you have to do is pass on your discovery so others can enjoy that author, too.
EDIT: So, apparently, my original pick does not qualify for the challenge. So, instead I’ll be reading Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. I’m actually excited about it because I love Samuelsson’s food and story (which I’ve heard about through the various cooking competitions in which he’s participated). He started out as a boy helping his grandmother cook Sunday dinners and became an internationally known and respected chef. So, I’m interested to learn all the stuff in the middle that helped him get there. It hadn’t even occurred to look at a nonfiction book until I went back to the original post hunting for a new book idea and found that Aarti has offered a few links of suggested titles. There are actually quite a few categories, including science, economics, and history/current events. If you’re like me, you need a nonfiction book every few reads to break up the fiction, so this will be a welcome break. And this might actually be the first time I’ve reviewed a nonfiction book for this blog, so that will be an interesting change of pace.
And don’t worry, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is still on high on my to-read list. I’ll probably read that next and provide a review before I dive into Yes, Chef at the end of September.
Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the challenge today!