They got me thinking back to my capstone senior English class in college, where my professor asked all of us to bring a list of around ten books we’d like to add to canonical literature. We went around the table and at the end, she looked at all of us and said something to the effect of “Wow, a lot of white men.” Then we talked about the influence of culture and dominant voices.
So I went back and looked through my reading list for the past couple months.
- Prep (Curtis Sittenfeld)
- Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
- Burial Rites (Hannah Kent)
- Little Disasters (Randall Klein)
- The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
- Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century (Peter Graham)
- When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith (Addie Zierman)
- Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (David Grann)
- Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America (Alyssa Quart)
- King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (Adam Hochschild)
- The Blood of Emmet Till (Timothy B. Tyson)
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy (Jenny Lawson)
- Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again (Rachel Held Evans)
- The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay, and Disaster (Sarah Krasnostein)
- World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made (Irving Howe)
- Sisterland (Curtis Sittenfeld)
- Kingdom of the Blind (Louise Penny)
There’s no doubt that if I look over my general trends, I tend to read more nonfiction than fiction and when I do read fiction, I tend to read fiction by white women (Atwood, Sittenfeld, Kent, Penny). With non-fiction, I definitely read a variety of topics, but again, mostly white authors even when reading about minority or POC topics.
Definitely time to work on diversifying my reading list a bit more.
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