Friday, December 24, 2010

Quirky Brown Reading Challenge 2011

I am going to try the Quirky Brown Reading Challenge 2011.  This will be my first reading challenge for 2011.  This has been started by Brown Girl Speaks.  

Here is what she says on her blog:

This challenge was inspired by a blog post on New Model Minority. The post talked about the hyper-marginalization of Black fiction and included a short but intriguing list of books. That list, or at least the authors on it, were begging to be part of a reading challenge. So, I bring you the Quirky Brown Reading Challenge. This challenge is more than about finishing a certain number of books, but about challenging the overly subscribed to depictions of the so-called “Black experience”. I hope participants also discover some of our lesser known contributions to American literature. 

Quirky Brown Fiction List

This is an ever expanding list of Black fiction deemed "quirky" for its uncharacteristic or atypical depiction of a Black experience. 

A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett & James Kincaid (A Novel) by Percival Everett and James Kincaid
More Like Wrestling by Danyel Smith
Pagan Operetta by Carl Hancock Rux
Drown by Junot Diaz
Hunting in Harlem by Mat Johnson
The Dying Ground by Nichelle Tramble
Slumberland by Paul Beatty
Slap Boxing With Jesus by Victor LaValle
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo by Ntozake Shange
Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
Sarah Phillips by Andrea Lee
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Erasure by Percival Everett
Big Machine by Victor LaValle
Liliane by Ntozake Shange
Kinky Gazpacho by Lori L. Tharps
Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice

Everybody Smokes in Hell by John Ridley
Love Is Racket by John Ridley
The Chinaberry Tree by Jessie Fauset
32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Substitute Me by Lori Tharps
A Taste of Honey by Jabari Asim
The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel
Orange, Mint & Honey by Carleen Brice
This should be a fun reading challenge!


  1. Hey Cheryl, that's cool that you're joining the challenge and reposting about it. Let me know what book you're starting with, and maybe we can read it together!

  2. Have fun with this one Cheryl!!

  3. Hey Tracita! I will have to look up the books and see what I want to read. That would be cool to read together! Staci, it is the perfect challenge for me. Thanks!

  4. Once I get my hands on White Teeth by Zadie Smith I will def read it. I already have Coffee will Make you Black on my bookcase.