Are you an avid reader?
Has it come to your attention that maybe it’s time to
include new voices to the books you’re reading?
A BOOK BINGO CHALLENGE is the perfect way to diversify your bookshelf.
Book Bingos are a great way to challenge yourself to get out there and try new categories like BIPOC authors. It gives you a way to check off the books you've read and allows you to mood-choose your next read. It also keeps you from getting stuck in a one voice genra when there’s so many incredible diasporas to choose from, fiction and non-fiction alike.
Depending on the challenge, book bingos look like traditional bingo cards and offer a different book category to read per square. Some book bingos might have a main theme with a variety of options to read like, Black History Month: top nine books everyone should read during BHM. Or you might see something like The Black Diaspora: Nine books to read by Black authors. Sometimes you’ll have a specific book included per bingo square, other times you might get a genra/author recommendation within a theme allowing you to choose your-own-adventure as it were.
In this article, I’ll be sharing a 'Diversify Your Bookshelf' themed book bingo challenge with assigned categories where you choose the book. Included, I’m going to give you a few recommendations based on books I’ve read, a few from my TBR (to be read) list.
From rom-com to the antebellum,
I hope you’ll enjoy exploring a diversity of books by authors that are new to you!
Bl@#k It! Book Bingo 2023
Let’s get reading!!
Black Canadian Authors
Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill ~ 5 Stars
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Where Beauty Survived by George Elliot Clarke
Saga Boy by Antonio Michael Downing
Black Fiction Contemporary
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates
Historical Black Fitction
Roots by Alex Haley ~ 5 stars
Kindred by Octavia Butler
To Catch a Raven by Beverly Jenkins
A Duke, the Lady And A Baby by Vanessa Riley
An Angel’s Demise by Sue Nyathi
Swallow by Ayodele Olofintuande
* BBD fav Resource: Follow BookofChinz for the latest in Caribbean biblio
The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter Other Essential Ghosts by Soraya Palmer
River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
Black & Queer
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James ~ 5 Stars
Under the Udala Trees
by Chinelo Okparanta
Black & Banned
* Resource: Even More Beloved Black Banned Books You Must Read Now by Angela Johnson via The Root
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill A Mockingbird by Walter Lee
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Angela Davis an Autobiography
Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis
My intention with this list is to build on it as I make my way through the Bl@#k It! Book Bingo#k It! Book Bingo. I’ll add links to reviews & resources as I go, keeping this post an ongoing resource of diverse classic and contemporary reads.
Don’t forget to join me on my IG bookstagr&&s you make your way through these books, with assigned categories where you choose the book. Included, I’m going to give you a few recommendations based on books I’ve read, a few from my TBR (to be read) list.
share your bookshelf handle, so we can be book buddies.
Happy reading, starLites
In them I Am