2019 #DiversityBookChallenge!

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Happy New Year, readers! I love how every new year brings a renewed sense of hope to everyone. However, I’m not a big fan of the whole resolutions shindig, because I think it’s a bit pointless to force yourself to do something you dislike for a month or two before quitting and then feeling even worse about yourself.

So this year, instead of a resolution to go to the gym more or eat less chocolate (sacrilege!), I’m challenging myself to do something I already love: read! In particular, I’m challenging myself to read more books by authors of color.

By reading the stories and experiences of people of color, we’re opening ourselves up to worldviews and cultures that we haven’t come into contact with before. And part of my goal for 2019 is to try new things and make new connections!

So for each month of 2019, I’ve handpicked one book by an author of color to read. Some of them are classics and others are more modern. With the exception of Their Eyes Were Watching God (which I read in high school), all of these books will be new to me.

  • January: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • February: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • March: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • April: Milk and Honey (poem collection) by Rupi Kaur
  • May: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • June: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini
  • July: Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • August: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • September: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • October: The Poppy War by K.F. Kuang
  • November: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okpuranta
  • December: Freshwater by Akwalke Emezi

While this is my personal #DiversityBookChallenge, I would love to hear if any of you decide you want to follow along or create your own list of books for 2019!! If you share your reads and reviews on social, be sure to tag #DiversityBookChallenge so the hashtag can catch on and you can see what everyone else is reading!

Happy reading in 2019!

(feel free to use the pin I created below!)




  1. January 5, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Great list. These books not only introduce us to societies and cultures that are different from us, but they also the resilience of those communities. A lot of these books are stories of survival with plots and developments that are often hard to read.

    Reading books from diverse writers helps us to expand our knowledge and gives us a better understanding of the world and some of the biggest challenges of our time, such as police shootings, women’s rights internationally and how the violent and colonial history of North America has shaped its presence.

    Seeing these serious issues reflected through the eyes of relatable characters makes them so much more meaningful and helps us build a stronger connection to our world. I read the Color Purple many years ago, but I may read it alongside you this month, as I’m sure this classic will be just as engaging and enlightening the second time.

    • Cailin
      January 6, 2019 / 10:21 am

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. And yes, I’d love for people to read along with me if they want! It was so hard to narrow down this list to 12 impactful books but I knew The Color Purple had to be one of my first reads.

  2. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins
    January 7, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Awesome! I’m so happy to see so many readers focusing on diversity in their reading lists for 2019. I’m hoping to expand my reading horizons as well, reading more authors of colour and also more LGBTIQ+ authors and authors with disabilities. I love this list you’ve pulled together, I’ll be reading a few of them as well. Thank you for sharing, and happy reading!

    • Cailin
      January 8, 2019 / 9:25 am

      Thanks for checking out my post!

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