#DecolonizeReading2023 Reading Progress


It appears like two years is not enough to decolonize our bookshelves. Fully committed to this reading endeavor, we are extending this theme all the way through 2023 inspired by the book below.

In 2022, I managed to read 17 books from my targeted 25 listed in This Is The Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf In 50 Books (Amazon | Book Depository). This 2023, I resolve to read 20 books from This Is The Canon (I have learned my lesson last year that 25 may be too ambitious), along with other stories I will discover along the way that feature 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
  5. Translated or international literature

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 #DecolonizeReading2023 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
1 Sheetal Sheth (Gujarati Indian
background, based in US
1 Making Happy 1 US 1 English
2 Cory McCathy (of Lebanese Ethnicity) 2 Hope Is An Arrow: The Story Of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran
Ekua Holmes (POC)
3 Kevin Young (POC) 3 Emile And The Field
4 Rebecca Green 4 Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers
5 Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (POC, of Ghanaian ethnicity) 5 Blue: A History Of The Color As Deep As The Sea And As Wide As The Sky
Daniel Minter (POC)
6 Rafael Lopez 6 The Little Book Of Joy 2 Mexico
His Holiness The Dalai Lama 3 Tibet
Archbishop Desmond Tutu 4 South Africa
Khoa Le Making Happy 5 Vietnam
7 Aravind Adiga 7 The White Tiger 6 India
8 International Centre for the
Picture Book In Society (editor)
8 Migrations: Open Hearts,
Open Borders
7 United Kingdom mostly English – a few
translated postcards from
various languages
Lina AlHathloul (based in Belgium) Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers 8 Saudi Arabia English
Uma Mishra-Newbery 9 Switzerland
Chioma Ebinama (based in Greece) Emile And The Field 10 Nigeria