Diversity Reading List for 2017

“Beware! Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.” I’ve no idea who said those words. But I agree. So, I read as much as I can. If I can’t completely kill ignorance, I plan to keep it maimed and twitching and screaming for mercy.

I just finished my self-imposed Goodreads reading challenge for 2016. I didn’t add specific titles to that list… I just danced through my to-be-read mountain. This year, I have added 9 books—fiction and nonfiction. And, as usual, I’m reading/rereading a handful of books written in Spanish.

At the end of this post, there is an empty list. I would like to fill it with the title of a book read by you. Not just any book, I want to read one of your favorites. Would you please leave the title of one of your favorite books in the comments? I will throw all the titles in Random.org and read the winner.

One more thing, I’ll write a poem review for each of the books on the diversity list.

Diversity Reading List:
Borderline, by Mishell Baker
* Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older
* The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg
* The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick
* The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi
* Size 12 Is Not Fat, by Meg Cabot
* Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany

Books in Spanish (some of these are rereads):
* Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), by Gabriel García Márquez
* La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits), by Isabel Allende
* Vivir para contarla, by Gabriel García Márquez

The Favorite Book of One of My Wicked Darlings:
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

* Read, but not reviewed.



15 thoughts on “Diversity Reading List for 2017”

  1. The best book I read in 2016 (and for a long time generally) is “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller. I was blown away by her ability to convey the most profound emotion and sensuality with just a few brief words. Some passages actually made me weep at their beauty.

  2. Just got thru reading When Breath Becomes Air….U have to read it, u will learn a lot about this doctor who admits that doctors have no idea what patients go thru… its just a shame that he had to come to this realization after enduring his tragic illness.. I just hope I can have the grace that he had… Between The World and Me is definitely a book that should be required reading for all! I know there needs no synopsis of these two books, since I know u are pretty self aware 🙂

    • I’ve always thought that any doctor (or individual in general) who believes that he knows everything is an idiot. I am very lucky to have doctors who understand that they are human. If they didn’t understand that, I would be looking for the doctors. I find it to be a very sad (and infuriating) that so many healthcare professionals out there have to get sick, and almost die, before they can see themselves as humans.

      • But isn’t that the case w/humans? That they don’t see the other side unless they’ve experienced it? Not defending, just thinking logically… Again, humans are flawed.. If u read the book u will see the grace, humility of this man.. I’ve had talks w/my gyno and I have had to explain things to him and he does see my point..

        • If we had to experience every single thing in order to “see” or understand someone else’s side, we (as a species) would be lost. We can show empathy towards an individual without ever having felt their pain in our flesh. We are human because we can think critically, because we can imagine and make deductions… I have never experienced depression, but I can sure understand the horror that plagues a person who lives with that disease.

          I’m not saying that the whole if-you-can’t-experience-it-then-you-can’t-understand-it thing wasn’t true for the author of the book—there are tons of people who are completely disconnected, and part of their disconnection is lack of experience, arrogance, and sometimes pure callousness (taken a look at the President elect lately? lol). I’m just suggesting that believing that this is true for everyone else is a dangerous (and inaccurate) generalization.

          I’m glad that this doctor is now humble, and that today he acknowledges that he was probably blind to his former patients’ situations at one point. But if he still believes that every single doctor is just like he used to be, then I wonder if some of the old blindness still lingers.

          If I ever believed that in order to feel what a man feels I need to be a man (and vice versa), then our world would be in a lot of trouble… because regardless of how hard we try, we won’t ever be able to experience everything in life. But we could certainly imagine, analyze… and care.

  3. My favorite one of all times is by far the 100 years of solitude which I am sure you ve read more than once. But if this is what gets picked you will have a reason to reread again! So, win -win! Many hugs and kisses

  4. Hate to admit it but I am lagging in book reading. Am hooked on tv documentaries and difficult to pull away. But I’ll get there. Needing new glasses just might have something to do with it also. Or maybe I’m just waiting for Sarah Dunant to write a new Italian Renaissance novel. (Fav) Keep reading! 🙂 xo

  5. In gender diversity I always recommend basically anything by Jeanette Winterson, though I haven’t read anything recent of hers. In mental health I recommend my favorite book of all time: ‘Catching Shellfish between the Tides’. It’s just as poetic as it sounds, but also very disturbing and sad.

    • I feel in love with Winterson’s writing after I read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Then I got Sexing the Cherry from a sexy friend and my Pianoman got me The Powerbook and Written on the Body. I’ve added them to my regular 2017 to-be-read and to-be-re-read lists. There shall be fun.

  6. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
    Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult (recommended by Mary Todisco on Fb)
    When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
    Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, by Anu Partanen
    Catching Shellfish Between the Tides, by Rosalyn Chissick

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