I didn’t expect it to be so soon but here we are, courtesy of this list of Top 10 Books to Make You a Better Person in The Guardian. Four white men (sounding good so far, right?), three men of colour, three white women. Verdict = could do better (the pun wasn’t intended but I’ll take it).
There’s a problem with this list because I don’t know what making someone a ‘better’ person means. Who decides the criteria?
I’ve gone for books that made me think about the world differently (and avoided any I included in list #1 although they’re all relevant too); feel free to interpret it in your own way and leave your suggestions in the comments.
An Untamed State – Roxane Gay
Haiti, kidnapping, rape, privilege, poverty
The Country of Ice Cream Star – Sandra Newman
Dystopia, AAVE, disease, love, war, religion
Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta
Love, religion, ‘cures’ for homosexuality, Nigeria, women
Just Call Me Superhero – Alina Bronsky (translated by Tim Mohr)
Disability, friendship, love, sexuality
Blonde Roots – Bernadine Evaristo
Counterfactual slave narrative, race reversal
The Repercussions – Catherine Hall
War photography, Afghanistan, love, women, history
Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik
Hijab, dating, religion, family, writing
Tell No Tales – Eva Dolan
Far right, immigration, politics, crime, corruption
The Book of Memory – Petina Gappah
Race, class, albino, women in prison, perspective
The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney
Working class, feminism, religion, crime, coming of age
(Links to my reviews.)