#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Reading Progress


One of the things I realized after concluding our #SurvivalStories2021 is that one year is not enough to help decolonize our bookshelves and our mindsets. Hence, inspired by the book below, we are devoting our 2022 to decolonizing our bookshelves.

Inspired by This Is The Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf In 50 Books (Amazon | Book Depository),I will do my best to feature at least 25 out of the 50 titles as found in this list, along with the stories of marginalized and indigenous communities whose existence were/are nearly wiped out by colonizers, tyrants, oppressors. Similar to last year, we hope to feature books that fit any of the following criteria:

  1. Postcolonial literature and/or [pre/post] revolutionary stories
  2. Stories by indigenous / first-nation peoples / people of colour
  3. Narratives of survival and healing, exile and migration, displacement and dispossession
  4. Books written or illustrated by people who have been colonized, oppressed, marginalized

Similar to what I have done for our #WomenReadWomen2019, I am devoting an entire page to document my progress throughout the year.

Please do take note that this list does not consist of all the books I read this year. To see that, please visit my Goodreads page. This table is meant to keep track of the books I featured here in GatheringBooks that fit our #DecolonizeBookshelves2022 reading theme.

I will constantly be updating this table throughout the year, as and when new books fall into my hands and featured here at GatheringBooks.

# Author / Illustrator # Book Title # Country # Language
(Bilingual / Translated from)
1 Margarita Engle 1 Light For All 1 US 1 English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Raul Colon
2 Yuyi Morales 2 Bright Star 2 English / Spanish (bilingual)
3 Michelle Lord 3 A Girl Called Genghis Khan English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Shehzil Malik 2 Pakistan
4 Julie Flett 4 We All Play (kimêtawânaw) 3 Canada 3 English / Cree (bilingual)