I've enjoyed reading the many "best of" lists and reading summaries that have been posted lately, especially the Top 10 Lists that Doret's been posting all week at the Happy Nappy Bookseller. So, for this Roll Call, over the next two weeks or so I invite you to select your favorite read of the year by a non-white author. (Doesn't have to be a 2009 book, as long as you read it in 2009).
Can't pick just one? No problem. Do a top 10, or do one from each genre that you read--whatever works. If you've already written a Best Of 2009 post and authors of color are featured on it, feel free to link to that post.
This could also be a good opportunity to post recommendations by authors of color for one or more of the many Reading Challenges for which people are creating their reading lists right now.
I did read some good books by authors of color this year. Here is my list:
Khaled Hosseini- A Thousand Splendid Suns
June Cross- Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away
Pearl Cleage- What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
Lori Arviso Alvord- The Scalpel & the Silver Bear
Toni Morrison- Beloved
Haruki Murakami- Norwegian Wood
Ishmael Beah- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ru Freeman- A Disobedient Girl
Alice Walker- The Color Purple
Shaila Abdullah- Saffron Dreams
I had the most trouble leaving any out, but I managed to whittle it down a little. But, as you can see, so many could not be left off my list!
What were your favorite reads by non-white authors last year?
Click here to read Ali's post and to visit other blogger's Best Of 2009 lists.