African American Readathon: 2015 Wrapup

Monday, February 23rd, 2015


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So here’s the final count for the African American Readathon: I read three Octavia Butler books (Kindred, which is amazing, as well as the short story collections Bloodchild and Other Stories and the posthumously released Unexpected Stories). I also started (but didn’t quite finish) Janet Mock’s memoir, Redefining Realness. Reviews forthcoming.

African American Readathon, February 19th – 23rd

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015


During Black History Month, the National Council of Teachers of English hosts an annual African American Read-In (#aari15), with events scheduled around the country. Luckily, for those of us who can’t attend, Meghann at Becoming Books is holding an online version from February 19th through the 23rd. You can sign up (as late as 2/23!) here.

There’s no minimum on the number of books you can read, and any genre counts. The only stipulation is that the books must be authored by people of African (but not necessarily American) descent:

Up for reading are any books authored by people of African heritage/decent. This includes African American authors and other who may identify as being Black without being American. All genres count! YA, MG, Adult, Fiction, Nonfiction, etc. For a list of book suggestions check out the NCTE website and Goodreads listopias.

I’m hoping to use the opportunity to tackle a few more books in my Octavia Butler collection: so far I’ve yet to read Kindred, Fledgling, and Seed to Harvest. Ditto: her short story anthologies – namely, Bloodchild and Other Stories and Unexpected Stories. Not that I can tackle them all in just five days, but it leaves me with plenty of choices.

And if I fancy more, there’s always Sherri L. Smith’s Orleans or Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring, both of which are on my Dive Into Diversity reading list.

If you want to participate – or just learn more – go check out the sign-up post. There will be mini-challenges, prizes, and twitter chats. And hopefully lots of diverse book pushing.