Expanding Horizons: A New Challenge


I completed one reading challenge this week so it must be time to take on another! Melissa, at Book Nut, is hosting one called the “Expanding Horizons Challenge,” and it encourages multicultural reading.

It will run January through April of 2008, and the purpose is to read works by authors of ethnicities other than your own. The focus is on the nationality of the author rather than the characters. The books can be fiction or nonfiction, adult or YA, and can cross over to as many other challenges as you want.

There are two ways to approach this challenge. Either read four books by authors in one of the six categories (you can read more than one category, but you must read four books; not two books in one category and two in another) OR read six books, one from each of the six categories. The categories are:

  1. African/African-American
  2. Asian/Asian-American (This is not just East Asia–China, Korea and Japan–but also Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and the Central Asian-“Stans.”)
  3. Hispanic/Latin American
  4. Indian/Indian/American (Again, books by Indian authors, not books by white authors with settings in India.)
  5. Middle Easter (Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Turkey…)
  6. Native Peoples (can include Native American, Inuit, Polynesian-Maori, Samoan, etc.–Siberian natives and Australian Aborigines.)

I’ve decided to focus my challenge on Hispanic/Latin American literature, both adult and young adult. Some of the authors in my pool at the moment are:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia)
Alma Flor Ada (Cuba)
Julia Alvarez (USA)
Sandra Cisneros (Dominican Republic)
Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina)
Isabel Allende (Chile)
Pam Munoz Ryan (USA)
Octavio Paz (Mexico)
Pablo Neruda‘s poetry (Chile)

I’m looking forward to this challenge and will choose my 4 specific books as it gets closer to the January start time.

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4 thoughts on “Expanding Horizons: A New Challenge

  1. Melissa

    I’m SO glad you’ve decided to do this challenge! I can’t wait to see what your final list looks like. I’ve heard of a few of those authors, but most of them I haven’t. I’ll be interested in hearing what you think of them.

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  2. Matt

    You’ve got some interesting authors there. I’ll have to check out the details of the challenge. I sign up for Russian Challenge already. 🙂

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  3. Robin

    Thanks, jenclair! I’ve had quite a few books by these authors sitting on my TBR shelf, so it’s time to read them!

    Thanks for hosting this challenge, Melissa! I’m looking forward to it.

    Thanks, Matt. The Russian Challenge sounds interesting and very enjoyable, too!

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