Re-focus: Fiction Written by People of Color

A list of all the books recced after a request for sf/f, romance, or historical fiction written by People of Colour.
(Not all books fit the genres, but all are by POC.) I actually didn't set this up to be voted on, but so that it could be seen by everyone; voting wouldn't make sense in this context. Perhaps there's a better way to make this list? It's an ongoing task, a work in progress, as I comb through the comments to get all the recced books.
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3.83 avg rating — 530,288 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 6,212 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 90,366 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 11,538 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 13,691 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 237 ratings
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90 books · 47 voters · list created March 3rd, 2009 by Vera (votes) .
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Vera 0 books
42 friends
Greyweather 2660 books
71 friends
Wealhtheow 4411 books
694 friends
Bettie 15637 books
124 friends
Keely 1032 books
316 friends
Loren 459 books
63 friends
League of Native Nations 12 books
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Nancy 4953 books
925 friends

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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads What is POC?


message 2: by Vera (new)

Vera Hi! People of Colour. Sorry, I'll fix that in the summary.


message 3: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather Is that the name of a specific organization, or minority authors in general?


message 4: by Vera (new)

Vera Hi, it's a preferred term by people of colour online. Probably offline, too. Sorry, I'm using shorthand from another context.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Happens to me, too!


message 6: by Cait (new)

Cait I was doing some librarian cleanup of records and it looks like The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill was removed from this list! I'm going to report that as a bug to the Goodreads staff, but I wanted to let you know so you could add the book back.... Sorry about that! I haven't seen that happen before.


message 7: by Cait (new)

Cait Perhaps there's a better way to make this list?

The only other way I can think of would be to create a group and then add all of these books to that group's bookshelves.


message 8: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow I'm so thrilled to see this! I've been trying to take notes as I go through lj threads, but there are just so many recommendations!
(Note: oh horrors! too many great books to read!)


message 9: by Vera (last edited Mar 06, 2009 03:27PM) (new)

Vera Just to let everyone here from the original discussion know that a group of volunteers is working to create the list in a more user-friendly format, inclusive of the original recommendation comments. I will link here when there is more info.

Wealhtheow: I know!


message 10: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth  V, thanks for this -- so many books! so overwhelming!


message 11: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Can you watch list? Well if i comment, it should stay in my feed and I can always revisit this list.


message 12: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls Here's a list of "mind-blowing SF by women and people of color" that one of the bloggers on Tor.com put together:

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/08/maki...

I don't know most of those authors (so, for instance, I don't know which of the women are white and which are not) but it's a really, really long list that gave me lots of recommendations. When I finally get around to reading some of them I'll try to remember to come back and add those that are appropriate to this list! :)


message 13: by BookLovingLady (last edited Sep 15, 2015 01:48PM) (new)

BookLovingLady @Vera
You said "I actually didn't set this up to be voted on, but so that it could be seen by everyone; voting wouldn't make sense in this context" but doesn't voting show how many people have read/want to read/own a particular book? I liked being able to vote for the books I'd read :-)

By the way, I didn't add any books, as I wasn't entirely sure what was meant by the description. But if they qualify, there are some magnificent books by Patricia Grace. Also, Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff is only the first part of the Once Were Warriors trilogy. And his One Night Out Stealing and Dreamboat Dad are also excellent reads. So is Benang: From the Heart by Kim Scott, or My Place by Sally Morgan.


message 14: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady @Yate
I don't know why you are promoting a book this way!


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