Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Let the reading commence

Come one come all to the POC Reading Challenge. This challenge was put in place to have myself and others read POC authors and books. There will be a master list to choose from, I am researching now and asking the experts for help in this. I would love for everyone who is participating to suggest a book or two in the comments for the master list if possible.

For this challenge all you need to do is grab the button from the side bar and add it to a post saying you are committed to reading POC authors and characters in this coming year. You do not have to pick your books now but you have to sign up to a level of how many you will read. Leave a comment to your post stating how many books you will read this year and tada automagically you are done.

Level 1: Read 1-3 POC books
Level 2. Read 4-6 POC books
Level 3. Read 7-9 POC books
Level 4. Read 10-15 POC books
Level 5. Read 16-25 POC books

Comments, suggestions, ways of making this better are greatly appreciated. Contributing posters for reviews, news, and book ideas are greatly appreciated.

**If you have a blog, you can sign up below, preferably including a link to your post about joining the challenge (and your book list if you put one together)! Don't forget to grab our button for your post!**

POC Challenge Sign-Ups
1. Katy (A Few More Pages)  44. Stephanie (Confessions of a Book-a-Holic)  
2. Michelle (su[shu])  45. Paige Y.  
3. Pam  46. Thea & Ana (The Book Smugglers)  
4. Mardel S  47. Christina T (Reading Extensively)  
5. The Story Siren  48. Katie (Read What You Know)  
6. kim in ohio  49. MissCorene  
7. Helen (Helen\'s Book Blog)  50. c.c.  
8. April (Good Books & Good Wine)  51. Susan (Bloggin\' \'bout Books)  
9. ninefly (story on a page)  52. Jo (Once Upon a Bookcase)  
10. J.S. Peyton  53. Daniella  
11. Heather (Book Addiction)  54. Marieke (Athyrium filix-femina, The Lady Fern)  
12. Tia (Tia\'s Book Musings)  55. Bookslingers  
13. Ah Yuan (GAL Novelty)  56. Notorious Spinks  
14. [Shades of] Lizzy  57. Liviania (In Bed With Books)  
15. MotherReader  58. Catherine (On The Nightstand)  
16. The Kool-Aid Mom (In the Shadow of Mt. TBR)  59. Melanie (Cynical Optimism)  
17. msladydeborah (From My Brown Eyed View)  60. kishasknowledge  
18. The Cazzy Files  61. Marie (All the parts of my life)  
19. Carrie K. (Books & Movies)  62. Bianca (Wicked Good Books)  
20. Aths @ Reading on a Rainy Day  63. Keyona (Only Sexy Books Allowed)  
21. Melody  64. Trini ( A Book-Lovers\' Review)  
22. Melissa (Book Nut)  65. Nadege  
23. Amanda (The Zen Leaf)  66. Jessica  
24. Jess  67. Jeannine M.  
25. Tarie   68. Kris (Voracious YAppetite)  
26. Kristilyn  69. Mary (Beach Reading)  
27. Karen Mahoney  70. Just One More Paragraph  
28. Sara (The Leprechaun Reads)  71. Kristen (BookNAround)  
29. Charlotte  72. The Feminist Texican  
30. Lawral @ lucy was robbed  73. Tea (I Love To Read)  
31. Terry (The Reading Tub)  74. Chioma (Black and Blue Ink)  
32. Jillian  75. Niranjana (Brown Paper)  
33. Jan@Eating YA Books  76. Julianne (this fleeting dream)  
34. Ellen - Word Thief  77. Muse\'s Books  
35. Karen (GHHS Library)  78. Lisa (Bibliophiliac)  
36. Robin  79. Daphne at Reading the Rainbow  
37. Lauren (I Was A Teenage Book Geek)  80. Dirigible Plum  
38. Mel u (The Reading Life)  81. Alyson Greene  
39. Kristi @ A Hundred Revisions  82. Donna (A Novel Review)  
40. K L Richardsson (Sailing the Writing Seas - Just me and my lightsaber)  83. Trina (An Old Flame)  
41. Megan (Posey Sessions)  84. Lovely Reads  
42. Sara Leslie (Dragonfly Reviews)  85. Emma (Booking Through 365)  
43. Akilah (The Englishist)  

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  1. So you've got some followers that's good =) since my blog is dedicated to this I won't enter the challenge.YA and Mg is my specialty, check my blog for all my reviews. Here's a top 10 (I tried not to do any repeats of books you already have listed)

    1. Whale talk by Chris Crutcher
    2. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
    3. Ash by Malinda lo
    4. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
    5. Jumped by Rita williams- Garcia
    6. It Chicks by Tia Williams (lighter chick lit)
    7. The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (also could be MG)
    8. The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Stomer
    9. Gringolandia by Lyn Miller Lachmann
    10. shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger

    oh and Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (and so many more!)

    1. 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich
    2. The Watsons Go to Birmingham
    3. Bud, not Buddy
    (2 and 3 are both by Christopher Paul Curtis, so funny!)
    4. Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino
    5. Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown
    6. Color Me Dark by Patricia McKissack
    I just started reviewing MG so I don't know as many of these. Hope this gets you off to a good start and let me know if you need more. I recommend checking out the HappyNappyBookseller blog. She reviews picture book through YA. a Striped Armchair reviews adult as does Browngirl Bookspeak.

  2. The upcoming MG Shooting Kabul by Naheed Hasnat. Due in June I believe.

  3. Fantastic I will add those when I do blog work in the am. Thanks so much!

  4. Oh, and Nikki and Deja and Francie, both MG by Karen English. Plus all of her picture books. She rocks.

  5. Pemba's Song by Marilyn Nelson & Tonya C. Hegamin
    Kendra by Coe Booth
    Tyrell by Coe Booth
    The Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
    First Daughter Series by Mitali Perkins
    The Afterlife by Gary Soto
    A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine

  6. I will be reading at least a level 4! I'll aim for level 5, but don't know how much free time I will have to read anything this year, sigh.

  7. @Saundra Thanks so much for the book list!

    @Ellen even reading one is awesome so thanks so much.

  8. While I'm not going to specifically seek out titles at this moment (my reading schedule is so full already!) I did add this to my challenge page. I've read 2 already this year, and I'll add titles and reviews to it as I read them.

    Because my daughter Maggie is half-Vietnamese, I have a special interest in Asian books.

  9. Escaping The Tiger by Laura Manivong (March 2010)

    Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes (May 2010)

    Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (fall 2010)

    The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (May 2010)

    And yes, the last one is my book and I am shamelessly self-promoting it.

  10. @koolaid mom try Silver Phoenix!
    @Christina promote away!

  11. I'm in at Level Four. Thank you for the suggestions--I look forward to reading and reviewing these titles!

  12. Wonderful that you're hosting this challenge! I will commit to Level 5 and work on a book list for you.

  13. I'm signing up for level 3 and will pick my books as I go along. Thank you for hosting!

  14. I am in for level 5; thank you, Pam, for this great addition to the Challenge World!

  15. oh wow guys... Thanks so much for signing up and at such great levels.

  16. Quick question: Do we have to choose books off the master list or can they be any books by/about POC? I ask because I tend to have different reading habits than the rest of the blogosphere and don't read much modern fiction. In the next month I'm reading, for instance, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright. I would love to sign up for this at level 4 or level 5 but I have to make sure I can choose my own books first. I'll come back and check the comments. And btw this challenge is awesome!

  17. I'm committing myself to Level 5, and will be choosing books as they come. Posted about it HERE. Great initiative. Thanks. =)

  18. I'm signing up for level 5, and made up a tentative list of books I'd like to read but am not committing myself to reading exactly those books. My final list will probably shape up to be different, but I wanted to make a kind of wishlist while I was thinking about it. You might find the list useful for the list you're putting together here.

    Posted about it here.

  19. I'm doing level 5, but combining this challenge with the ones I do on Reading in Color blog.

    I'm thinking of children between 5 and 10 and suggest the Akimbo series, any books by Jeri Chase Ferris, I also liked A Horn for Louis by Eric Kimmel.

    I admit I need to be up to date. If you know of POV authors with titles for that age range, please post here. Thanks!

    I'm posting about this challenge Friday!

  20. wow you guys are SO SO AWESOME! Amanda the list is just to help people get started you can read any books you want for the challenge.

  21. Awesome! Thanks Pam. I will blog about this soon and sign up for level 4, with the option to go up to level 5. :)

  22. I'm in! I'm participating at at least level 5 though I may try to reach for the imaginary level 6. Thanks for hosting this!

  23. @Pam ~ I added Silver Phoenix to my wishlists. I love the cover, very beautiful :-)

    I went ahead and committed at level 3, but I'm sure I'll have more than 9 books by the end of the year. LOL, the manga books will do that for me. I have other, more serious books, though, too.

  24. @Vasilly yay I will give you a special imaginary level 6 prize :P

    @thekoolaidmom I am going to buy Silver Phoenix and I just bought Devil's Kiss. Reading The School for Dangerous Girls now. Protag is of Latino origin, I have a book from a Mexican friend of mine from his fave author, and I won another Latin book from Jackie @ Farmlane books the other day!

  25. I signed up in the wrong place. I'm going to try Level 3.

  26. Signing up. Overachiever so going for Level 5. But also a slacker, so I'll probably be the worst at actually reporting back.

    That said, for all titles that are eligible for YALSA lists and awards (the details vary for pub date etc), I urge you to nominate the eligible books with POC for the lists - - best fiction, quick picks, popular paperbacks, nonfiction, printz, etc, etc. see www.ala.org/yalsa and follow links.

  27. I'm game! Signing up for a level 3 as well.

    Here are a few title suggestions for the master list:

    Lybrinth by Pearl North
    The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom
    The Journey by J. Adams
    Awake by Wendy Raven McNair

    Grabbing a button for my blog. :-)_

  28. Oops! That should be Asleep by Wendy Raven McNair which is the first of her trilogy (Awake being the second).

    There's also The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin which I'm very much looking forward to.

  29. I'm going for level 4 with the possibilty of going up to level 5. I've got a list but I might add and take away.


  30. is this only black authors? I dont' know a lot. Are you putting up a list??? I can read 1-3 anyway, i do knwo of Frank Yerby

  31. No not only black authors and there is a helpful list to the left on the blog. It's any person of color.

  32. Golly, I remember Frank Yerby. He wrote really good novels. I wonder if is still living.

  33. I shall commit to Level 4.

    I'd also like to suggest some writers.

    Dorothy Koomson (The Cupid Effect, My Best Friend's Girl)
    Zadie Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty).
    Margaret Cezair-Thompson (The True History of Paradise, The Pirate's Daughter)
    Helen Oyeyemi (The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House)

  34. Okay, I'm giving this a try. I am so glad y'all put up suggestions.

  35. I'll ETA my Reading Challenge post to include this. But for now the link I added in is my general book blog URL.

  36. Pam,

    Is this running all year? I need a level 10. I'm in 6 challenges already. Maude, help me, but I have to do this. Thing is like Terri, I read about 97% POC. That's not hard when you consider how diverse the world is.

    Anyhoo, level 5 it is.

  37. Thanks for hosting this! I am definitely in. Here's my post.

    I have a couple authors to suggest:

    1. Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis & 2, Embroideries)
    2. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (The Mistress of Spices, Sister of my heart, One Amazing Thing)

  38. Susan! I should make some more levels I know. I am always underachieving! haha.

    Thanks for joining and the suggestions guys. Don't forget to sign up with the linky dodad that Katy put in for us.

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  40. I am up for the challenge. I am definitely going for level 5.

    I do have one question: Can audio books by POC's be included? The reason why I am asking is I read books and I also do audio books. I am a multi tasker and I love to listen to stories being read while I am doing housework or as an alternative to watching television.

  41. I really thought I posted this the other day.Sorry! My blog has lists and lists of YA POC books. They're on the pages titled "School Reads" for 06 through 09. Enjoy!! http://campbele.wordpress.com

  42. Pam,

    I'm slow. I don't see a name box or Mr. Linky. Where is it? The link to the right links to a post.

  43. I got one more author to suggest. Sorry for these sporadic posts. :D

    Sapphire, author of "Push", "American Dreams"

  44. Susan, go to the bottom of the numbered blog links at the bottom of the post. When you click the blue "add your link" button it will give you boxes to fill out. :)

  45. Oh yeah, I guess when I said I was signing up I should have posted the link to my post too. Oops!
    It's at the bottom of this post :)

  46. I'll go for at least level 4 - depends on how organized I am!

  47. I was going to do this anyway, before I knew about the challenge, but would love to sign up. Is it okay for authors to join?


  48. I was going to do this anyway, before I knew about the challenge, but would love to sign up. Is it okay for authors to join?


  49. Karen, we'd love to have you join the challenge! :)

  50. So I've signed up (#27 on the widget thing above) and I'll make sure to keep the challenge alive on my LiveJournal. As a writer myself, although I talk regularly about books I'm excited about, I rarely post real 'reviews'.

    However, I'm aiming for a minimum of 10 books this year, by or about POC (level 4, right?) and I'll make sure to talk about it on my blog at least once a month.


  51. I'm in ... Yes, I swore off challenges, but this is too important! I'm in at level 3.

  52. I am definitely up for this challenge. I will be signing up for level 4. Thanks for hosting this.

  53. I'll officially sign up for level four, though I might reach level five -- I'll see what I can do :) I blog about YA (and a few MG) books on my blog, and I also try to promote ones I love on my website here. This is a great idea, btw!

  54. Hi! I'm excited about this challenge and definitely going to sign up, but I wanted to ask a clarifying question - when reading books by or about PoC, I know the "about" includes fiction with PoC characters, but does it include nonfiction about PoC?

    I want to read up on segregation-era events, and while some of the books I have my eye on are written by PoC, not all of them are - would these books still fall under the reading challenge?

  55. I never do challenges, and since I don't actually review books on my blog I can't say I'll review books there. But I will be doing this challenge privately. I feel happy to say that I've already read many on your list. Will watch for more!
    Meanwhile, I'll be looking to highlight good covers with people of color represented on them on my blog.

  56. TacitHydra - I would think nonfiction written about POC would be acceptable regardless of author? There are a few in the big list about POC written by non-POC journalists, historians, etc.

  57. Sign me up please-in 2010 I read and posted on 52 works by POC authors-great idea for a challenge and I look forward to reading some great reviews

  58. I'm signing up, hoping to do Level 4 or perhaps even better. I think this is a wonderful idea, it's just sad that it takes an official challenge sometimes to get us to read what we should be reading already.

  59. I'm signing up for level 5. It's great that this challenge is up and I'm really looking forward to participating.

  60. I'm in. I'll come back this weekend with my Challenge post link. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go for the 16 - 25 range.

  61. I'm in, too. Since I'm planning to read at least 14 books for my own Black History Month celebration, this shouldn't be too tough. I'll work on generating a list and post about it soon. Thanks!


  62. Just joined for Level 4. Will probably read more, but I think that's a good start.

  63. Hi Pam! I just joined the challenge. I haven't put up a list of books to read yet. I'll probably won't to be honest. As much as I like making the lists, I never really stick to them anyway!

    I have t admit, I wasn't sure whether I would sign up for this challenge or not. I choose books for content, not the color of the author (or culture, or religion, or sexual orientation). Honestly, I don't LIKE choosing books that way. I try to go through life color-blind. BUT, I do like diversifying my reading. And I hope that this "Challenge" will help do just that.

  64. Pam,
    Snagged this great list from Mitali. All YA

    THE SKIN I'M IN by Sharon Flake
    CODETALKER by Joseph Bruchac
    BLUFORD HIGH series by Anne Schraff and Paul Langan
    DRAMA HIGH series by L. Divine
    KIMANU TRU series by various authors
    ROMIETTE AND JULIO by Sharon Draper
    LIAR by Justine Larbalestier
    EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld
    SUNRISE OVER FAJULLAH by Walter Dean Myers
    BALL DON'T LIE by Matt de la Peña
    AFTER TUPAC AND D. FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
    SUCKERPUNCH by David Hernandez
    CONFETTI GIRL by Diana López
    MY LIFE AS A RHOMBUS by Varian Johnson
    GRAFFITI GIRL by Kelly Parra
    HATERS by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
    THE FIRST PART LAST by Angela Johnson
    SHE'S SO MONEY by Cherry Cheva
    PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles
    ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
    TYRELL by Coe Booth
    ALL ABOUT US series by Shelly Adina

  65. Children's books

    Faith by Maya Ajmera
    14 Cows by ~ Carmen Agra Deedy
    Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah
    The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
    Cora Cook Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore

  66. Hi everyone! We just joined the challenge! Sign us up for Level 4 or 5 - we're aiming for at least 15 books for 2010, but hope to read many more.

  67. I did this last year and am delighted to follow you again this year. I will be a regular checker & reader of the recommended books here. THANKS!!!

  68. I do this anyway but will join the challenge, and wholeheartedly support this.

    I would love to see more Asian protagonists in early readers specifically...I know of very few and more AA as well...

    love the Nikki and Deja series for younger age chapter books..

  69. I am tentatively going to aim for 7-9 books but I've got my fingers crossed that I can read a few more over the summer.

  70. I've signed up for Level 3 (7-9 books) although I do hope I can go over that! Thanks for hosting and I look forward to some great books.

    My signup post

  71. I signed up for Level 5 16-25 books
    Well that is because I added all of Melissa De La Cruz's Blue Blood series( Blue Blood, Masquerade, Revalations, & The Alan Legacy)
    ,the sequeal to Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles, Always Running by Luis Rodriguez and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Magaret Stohl. Let me know if those qualify. Here's the link to my list.

  72. Genial brief and this fill someone in on helped me alot in my college assignement. Thank you seeking your information.

  73. hey - this is great - I'm in.

    Level 10, no doubt.

    so far:

    the audacity of hope, the President

    the pagoda, patricia powell

    now reading

    daughter of fortune, I.Allende

    woman risktakers, Dr. P. Bailey

    next -

    staceyann chin's memoir

  74. I can't find my name. Did I sign up???

  75. tea,

    I think you mentioned you were going to join and I added you to the blog roll (right sidebar) but I think you didn't sign up on this post's link-up. You can sign up anytime so feel free to add your link! :)

  76. I'm going for Level 5 baby!!! I'm scured. Hold Me!!

  77. I'm joining a bit late, so I'm only going for Level 3, however, I'm hoping to surpass this goal :)

  78. I posted a page with ALL current reading challenges. Let me know if you want me to add any other information about yours. I hope it brings even more readers to your challenge!
    Reading Challenges.

    Rachelle (Bibliobabe)

  79. I'm joining late but have been plugging away at it for a while. Here are the ones I'm counting in for this year:

    The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories by Charles Chesnutt
    Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
    The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
    The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia
    The Writing on My Forehead by Nafia Haji

    And a few from my January which I'm not counting because I don't know if I read them before the start date:

    The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
    The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
    The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizake

  80. I don't see my name. Didn't I sign up somewhere? Does it matter which in which month you enter your book?

    I'm taking Level 2 because I don't do well in challenges. I have to go slow and easy.

  81. I am shamefully late in joining; I'll have my head examined shortly. Meanwhile, I'll go for level 4. I'll link to the challenge in my next post.

    I'll count the four I've reviewed since Mar 1. for the challenge.
    Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
    Between the Assasinations by Arvind Adiga
    The Bloodstone Papers by Glen Duncan
    Come, Before Evening Falls by Manjul Bajaj

  82. I've been meaning to sign up for a while and have finally done it, I plan to get to Level 2.

  83. I'm moving up to level 5 because I just finished my 15th book and there's plenty of time left for more!

  84. Finally signed up. I'm going to say level 2 because I'm afraid of commitment, but I'm really going for more.

    On my TBR pile I have:

    Bleeding Violet
    Perfect Chemistry

    I just finished The Red Pyramid, does that count?


  85. I signed up at Level 4; and I'm aiming for the high end of 15 books. I've read some books that qualify; so I'll get my review posts listed as well. Oh, I'm signing up so late because I only began blogging in April. I can catch up, though. It's nice to be here.

  86. what a great challenge. I enjoy magical realism after a brief introduction to it in college, so I may even own 50 books! but I love the idea of a "better picture of reality, history, truth, human nature, and the nature of stories." by focusing your reading!

  87. It's a little late for me to sign up now. Will you be hosting this challenge for 2011?

  88. Thanks for putting so much effort into this! It's wonderful people like you that keep the fandom alive and well.

  89. I'm joining a bit late, so I'm only going for Level 3, however, I'm hoping to surpass this goal :)

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