Myra here.

2022 is about to end – where did the days go? I thought now is a good time as any to share my round-up of the books I managed to read for our #DecolonizeBookshelves2022 reading theme.

Inspired by This Is The Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf In 50 Books (Amazon | Book Depository), I initially intended to read 25 out of the 50 titles included in this book.

Unfortunately, I only managed to read 17 out of my target 25 titles, which I have listed below in the order that I read them:

  1. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  2. Territory Of Light by Yuko Tsushima translated by Geraldine Harcourt [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  3. Love In A Fallen City by Eileen Chang and translated by Karen S. Kingsbury [Amazon | Book Depository]- see my review here.
  4. Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi and Translated by Sherif Hetata [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  5. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  6. The Sellout by Paul Beatty [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  7. So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  8. Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  9. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  10. Woman Hollering Creek And Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  11. The Emperor’s Babe by Bernardine Evaristo [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  12. Discerner Of Hearts And Other Stories by Olive Senior [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  13. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  14. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  15. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  16. The Bridges Of Constantine by Ahlem Mosteghanemi and Translated by Raphael Cohen [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.
  17. The White Girl by Tony Birch [Amazon | Book Depository] – see my review here.

However, my reading progress indicates that I was able to read 106 titles in total within our #DecolonizeBookshelves2022 reading theme, across 40 countriesand 18 languages.

I am glad that I was able to bear witness to stories coming from Ghana, Jamaica, Palestine, Colombia, Algeria, Haiti, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Antigua, Syria, Nigeria, Ukraine, Dominican Republic – just to cite a few.

While the structured academic nerd in me values book lists, the free-spirited, adventurous bibliophile part of me struggles to be confined to a rigid booklist which makes me regard my reading as more obligatory or mandatory – as opposed to a deliciously unexpected journey that I undertake as a reader. Plus, going through booklists leaves me with a hankering to create my own, hence I created my own personal reading progress (which can technically stand in as another list of sorts) that goes beyond the initial reading goal I set for myself. One thing I also realized is that I generally liked the books I discovered on my own as opposed to books that I had to read as part of the “assigned” reading list. I will share my #Top22of2022 booklist in another post that is forthcoming.

Given our commitment to decolonize our bookshelves, we will be extending our reading theme on to 2023 – especially since I am not even halfway through the list in This Is The Canon (!!). See here for our announcement page on our upcoming #DecolonizeReading2023 theme.

1 comment on “#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Reading Round-Up

  1. I share the same sentiments regarding creating lists and sticking to them, and then jumping into unforetold paths. It works for me because I always like having more than one thing going on at the same time, haha (book from list, book because it’s interesting and then book because someone recommended it).

    I’ve started collecting some books from “This is the Canon” for my 2023 book adventure!

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