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Challenge wrap-up: POC

We're nearing the end of 2011 and it's time for me to do my challenge wrap-up posts. I am proud to say that I've finished every challenge that I signed up for this year! I get right on my challenges as January rolls around, plotting out when, but not necessarily what, to read for each challenge so that I don't forget about them. A little organized, yes, but it works for me.

The idea behind the POC (People of Color) Reading Challenge is to encourage us to read books by and about People of Color. The first year I did this one I thought I needed encouragement, but it turns out with my interest in international books, I have no problem putting POC books into my reading list. Here's my list:
  1. Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young (author and characters)
  2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave (characters)
  3. Muslim Women Reformers by Ida Lichter (characters--non-fiction)
  4. Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai (author and characters)
  5. Palestine by Joe Sacco (characters--non-fiction)
  6. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (author and characters)--one of my favorites
  7. Yummy: Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Greg Neri (author and characters)
  8. Good Long Way by Rene Saldana, Jr (author and characters)
  9. Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur (author and characters)
  10. Buried Onions by Gary Soto (author and characters)
  11. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow (characters)
  12. The Enough Moment by John Prednergast and Don Cheadle (author and characters--non-fiction)
  13. Cemetery of Dreams by S. Mostofi (author and characters)
  14. Aung San Suu Kyi by Judy L. Hasday (characters--non-fiction)
  15. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea (author and characters)
  16. Little Princes by Conor Grennan (characters--non-fiction)--one of my favorites
  17. Fist Sick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada (author and characters)
  18. When the Stars go Blue by Caridad Ferrer (author and characters)
  19. Split by Swati Avasthi (author)--one of my favorites
  20. Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai (author and characters)
  21. Not Easily Washed Away: Memoir of Muslim Daughter by Anon Beauty
  22. Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli
  23. Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield--one of my favorites
  24. The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  25. A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman by Lisa Shannon
  26. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
  27. The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda--one of my favorites
  28. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  29. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  30. Nelson Mandela: the Authorized Comic Book by the Nelson Mandela Foundation
  31. Trash by Andy Mulligan
  32. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  33. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok--one of my favorites
  34. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins
  35. Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger
  36. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
  37. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See--one of my favorites
  38. Sisters of the Sari by Brenda L. Baker
  39. Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana
  40. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  41. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff--one of my favorites
  42. The Great Call of China by Cynthea Liu
  43. Fire from the Rock by Sharon M. Draper
  44. Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and TR Simon
  45. Love in Translation by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga
  46. Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
  47. Then Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
  48. Farishta by Patricia McArdle
  49. Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams--one of my favorites
  50. Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
  51. Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
  52. Borderline by Allan Stratton
  53. Playground by 50 Cent--one of my favorites
  54. Violence 101 by Denis Wright

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