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Global Women of Color Year-end Roundup

December 22, 2013

Global Women of Color

Year-end Roundup for http://gwcbooks.wordpress.com

 

What did you read and what did you like best for Global Women of Color?

I know some of you intended to read more than you actually did.  No need to apologize for low numbers.

I hope you will share something about what you did read, or learned, or thought about it.  Feel free to comment here.

As for next year, I am planning on leaving the GWC site up and I hope you will continue to tell us about the books you are reviewing.  I am hoping to make it easier to learn what others are reading; maybe posting what is read on a weekly basis.  Would any of you like to post reviews on the GWC blog?  Any other ideas for making the blog more interesting and useful?

Be sure to enter the books that you have read on the master list for 2013.  I will compile and print a list January 1.

Marilyn’s Personal Report:

MY FAVORITE GWC Books of 2013

Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selasi.

Americah, by Chimamanda Adichie. 

Both of them move back and forth from Africa to the United States

The Swan Book, by Alexis Wright, by an Australian Indigenous author.

The Fish-Hair Woman, by Merlinda Bobbs, from the Philippines.

Both are speculative fiction and about everything.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM READING GWC BOOKS

As I read books by Global Women of Color, I didn’t just learn about other people.  Often I felt I entered their lives and understood them emotionally, at least in part.  I felt expanded, as if I had just made new friends.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED OR JUST STOPPED BY NOW AND THEN.    YOU INTRODUCED ME TO SOME WONDERFUL BOOKS.  AND I REALLY LIKED GETTING TO KNOW YOU.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2013 9:38 am

    A very happy holidays to you, Marilyn! I love best-of lists and I’m making a note of yours now. I’d particularly like to read Americah. I don’t read enough GWC books, and that’s something I’d like to address in 2014. You do a wonderful job raising awareness here and encouraging us all to broaden our reading horizons.

  2. January 10, 2014 9:59 am

    I’m one of those readers who did not read as many books in 2013 as I’d hoped, just 3 out of the 10 I was aiming for, but two of those I probably would have overlooked without the challenge being in place, so it’s definitely a influence. Wasn’t Americanah terrific? The Fish-Hair Woman sounds wonderful. It brings to mind one that I read a few years back, Larissa Lai’s The Salt Fish Girl. The alignment makes me smile.

    Thanks for hosting and maintaining the database and encouraging us all to read in different directions!

    • January 11, 2014 12:54 pm

      Thanks.

      The numbers aren’t as important as that you read something new, liked it, and will read more.

      Even though I am not doing formal challenges, I will continue listing reviews. Maybe I will do a week or month of GWC reading later on. So keep going back and list any relevant books.

      I don’t know The Salt Fish Girl. I will see if I can find it.

      Marilyn

  3. January 14, 2014 9:33 pm

    I’ll second what LitLove says, this is a great initiative and although I am not doing any challenges anywhere I will try to contribute in 2014.

    • January 17, 2014 11:03 am

      Thanks. I have really gained by discovering these books.

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