Diverse Classics

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I love using my blog to keep track of my own reading habits. I recently joined a Book Club on Instagram called Diverse Classics that, obviously, celebrates Diverse Classics. The creator (never_withouta_book) posted a list of 100 Diverse Classics that she put a ton of time and energy into creating. Much of the diverse classics I’m hoping to read came from that list but there are certain authors I would like to read every book by so I’ve made a few additions.

You should all give Diverse Classics a follow on Instagram! I have linked them.

The following are Diverse Classics I would like to read (I’ve put a check next to the ones I’ve read):

Chinua Achebe
   1. Things Fall Apart (1958) 
   2. No Longer at Ease (1960) 
   3. Arrow of God (1964)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
   4. Americanah (2013) 
Julia Alvarez
   5. In the Time of Butterflies (1994)
   6. Before We Were Free (2002)
Maya Angelou
   7. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) 
   8. Gather Together in My Name (1974)
   9. Singin' and Swingin' and and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976)
   10. And Still  I Rise (1978)
   11. The Heart of a Woman (1981)
   12. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986)
James Baldwin
   13. Go Tell it On a Mountain (1953)
   14. Notes of a Native Son (1955)
   15. Giovanni's Room (1956) 
   16. Another Country (1962)
   17. The Fire Next Time (1963)
   18. If Beale Street Could Talk (1974)
Jorge Luis Borges
   19. On Argentina (2010)
Gwendolyn Brooks
   20. A Street in Bronzeville (1945)
   21. Maude Martha (1953)
   22. Annie Allen (1972)
Claude Brown
   23. Manchild in the Promised Land (1965)
William Wells Brown
   24. Clotel: or, The President's Daughter(1853)
Octavia Butler
   Patternist Series
       25. Patternmaster (1976)
       26. Mind of My Mind (1977)
       27. Survivor (1978)
       28. Wild Seed (1980)
       29. Clay's Ark (1984)
   Xenogenesis Series
       30. Dawn (1987)
       31. Adulthood Rites (1988)
       32. Imago (1989)
       33. Xenogenesis (1989)
       34. Lilith's Brood (2000)
   Parable Series
       35. Parable of the Sower (1993)
       36. Parable of the Talents (1998)
   37. Kindred (1979)
Alice Callahen
   38. Wynema: A Child of the Forest (1997)
Wu Cheng'en
   39. The Journey to the West (1592)
Alice Childress
   40. Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (1986)
Sandra Cisneros
   41. The House on Mango Street (1984)
Pearl Cleage
   42. What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day (1997)
Ta-Nehisi Coates
   43. Between the World and Me (2015) 
Paulo Coelho 
   44. The Alchemist (1988)
Edwidge Danticat
   45. Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994)
Angela Y. Davis
   46. An Autobiography (1974)
   47. Women, Race, and Class (1981)
   48. Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003)
   49. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle (2015) 
W.E.B. Du Boise
   50. The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Alexandre Dumas
   51. The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
   52. The Three Musketeers (1844)
   53. Twenty Years After (1845)
   54. The Vicomte de Bragelonne (1847)
   55. The Red Sphinx: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers (1866)
Ralph Ellison
   56. Invisible Man (1952)
Louise Erdrich
   57. Love Medicine (1984)
   58. Jacklight (1984)
   59. The Beet Queen (1985)
   60. Tracks (1988)
   61. The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year (1995)
   62. Tales of Burning Love (1996)
   63. The Antelope Wife (1998)
Frantz Fanon
   64. Black Skin, White Masks (1952)
   65. The Wretched of the Earth (1961)
Jessie Redmon Fauset
   66. The Chinaberry Tree (1931)
Ernest J. Gaines
   67. A Lesson before Dying (1993)
Nikki Giovanni
   68. Black Feeling, Black Talk / Black Judgement (1970)
Alex Haley
   69. Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1979)
Lorraine Hansberry
   70. A Raisin in the Sun (1959)
Chester Himes
   71. If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945)
Bell Hooks
   72. All About Love: New Visions (1999)
   73. Salvation: Black People and Love (2001)
   74. Communion: The Female Search for Love (2002)
Langston Hughes
   75. The Ways of White Folks (1934)
Zora Neale Hurston
   76. Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
James Weldon Johnson
   77. Along This Way: The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson (2000)
Gayl Jones
   78. Corregidora (1975)
Yasunari Kawabata
   79. Thousand Cranes (1952)
Elizabeth Keckley
   80. Behind the Scenes (1868)
Jamaica Kincaid
   81. Annie John (1985)
   82. A Small Place (1988)
   83. Lucy (1990)
Nella Larsen
   84. Quicksand (1928)
   85. Passing (1929)
Camara Laye
   86. The Dark Child (1954)
Andrea Levy
   87. Small Island (2004)
Mario Vargas Llosa
   88. The Time of the Hero (1962)
Alain LeRoy Locke
   89. The New Negro (1925)
Audre Lorde
   90. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982)
   91. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (1984)
Paule Marshall
   92. Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959)
Ayana Mathis
   93. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (2012)
James McBride
   94. The Color of Water (1996)
Nathan McCall
   95. Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America (1994)
Bernice McFadden
   96. Sugar (2000)
Claude McKay
   97. Home to Harlem (1928)
Louise Meriwether
   98. Daddy was a Number Runner (1970)
Toni Morrison
   99. The Bluest Eye (1970) 
   100. Sula (1973)
   101. Song of Solomon (1977)
   102. Tar Baby (1981)
   103. Beloved (1987)
   104. Jazz (1992)
   105. Paradise (1997)
Walter Mosley
   106. Devil in a Blue Dress (1990)
Siddhartha Mukherjee
   107. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010)
Gloria Naylor
   108. The Women of Brewster Place (1982)
   109. Mama Day (1988)
   110. Bailey's Cafe (1992)
   111. Linden Hills (1985)
   112. The Men of Brewster Place (1998)
Solomon Northup
   113. Twelve Years a Slave (1853)
Chinelo Okparanta
   114. Under the Udala Trees (2015)
Ann Petry
   115. The Street (1946)
   116. The Narrows (1973)
José Rizal
   117. Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not) (1887)
Zitkala-Ša
   118. American Indian Stories (1921)
George S. Schuyler
   119. Black No More (1931)
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
   120. Don Quixote (1605)
Assata Shakur
   121. Assata: An Autobiography (1987)
Ntozake Shange
   122. For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1975)
Naoya Shiga
   123. A Dark Night's Passing (1962)
Murasaki Shikibu
   124. The Tale of Genji (1008)
Mildred D. Taylor
   125. Song of the Trees (1975)
   126. Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry (1976)
Zadie Smith
   127. White Teeth (2000)
Rabindranath Tagore
   128. The Home and the World (1916)
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
   129. The River Between (1965)
   130. A Grain of Wheat (1967)
Wallace Thurman
   131. The Blacker the Berry (1929)
Jean Toomer
   132. Cane (1923)
Amos Tutuola
   133. The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952)
Alice Walker
   134. You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories (1971)
   135. Meridian (1976)
   136. The Color Purple (1982)
Margaret Walker
   137. Jubilee (1966)
Jesmyn Ward
   138. Where the Line Bleeds (2006)
   139. Salvage the Bones (2011)
   140. Men We Reaped (2013)
   141. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race (2016) 
Booker T. Washington
   142. Up From Slavery (1900)
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
   143. Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (1970)
Dorothy West
   144. The Living is Easy (1948)
   145. The Wedding (1995)
   146. The Richer, the Poorer (1995)
Phillis Wheatley
   147. Complete Writings (2001/1700s)
Isabel Wilkerson
   148. The Warmth of Other Suns (2010)
August Wilson
   149. Fences (1986)
Harriet Wilson
   150. Our Nig (1859)
Richard Wright
   151. Uncle Tom's Children (1936)
   152. Native Son (1940)
   153. Black Boy (1945)
   154. The Outsider (1953)
Malcolm X
   155. The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
Lu Xun
   156. The True Story of Ah Q (1918)

Out of the 156 books on the list, I have only read 6 of them so I have a lot of work to do! I’m not sure how long it will take me but I can’t imagine it will be a quick process.

I will try to do regular updates! Any that I should prioritize?

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