Read Diversely Tag

Hi everyone, I’m Rincey and this is Rincey
Reads. Today I’m going to be doing the Reading Diversely
Tag. This was created by Holly and I was tagged by her as well. Basically all you do is you
go through the 6 continents and you just recommend a book that you have read from every continent.
And then you list a book that you are interested in reading from every continent. I’ve been watching everyone’s videos that
have put them up already and I’m really enjoying it because everyone’s really talking about
different books, which I thoroughly enjoy. And I’ve already added a bunch to my TBR. Also just so you guys know, this tag isn’t
meant to like shame people or make people feel bad about the books that they haven’t
read or like their own lack of diversity. It’s really just to have a conversation about
these are potential books that you could be reading if you are interested in increasing
your diversity and reading books from other countries and things like that. So I’m going to start off easy and start with
my home continent. That sounds weird to say. Um, with North America. And so there’s 2 books
I’m going to recommend. The first one is “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henriquez.
I read this earlier this year and it was absolutely fabulous. I will have a link in the description
to the review I did of this book if you want a more in-depth talk about what this is about. In this book you are following a couple families
who have immigrated into the United States from Central America and South America. And
I like this book because it talks a lot about the diversity of the Hispanics that are in
the United States. Not everyone just comes from Mexico. And not everyone from Central
America and South America have like the same ideas or traditions or, you know, anything
like that. Like they’re all their own unique ethnicity and they all deserve to be highlighted.
So I definitely recommend this book. I know a couple of you guys have already picked it
up based on my recommendation, which I love. And you guys loved it as well. So I definitely
recommend this. And then I’m going to cheat and do a second
book, and I’m probably going to be doing that a couple of times just so you guys know. And
I’m also going to recommend “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson. This is a
non-fiction book and it’s a bit of a chunker, but it’s totally worth the read. Basically
you are following the history of black Americans in the South from about 1915 to 1970. And
it basically just talks about how black Americans from the South migrated to different parts
of America, specifically northern states, northern metropolitans, and California. And
it actually talks a lot about the history of like how you can track that if you live
in this certain city, your descendents probably came from this specific state. Um. Just because
of the way the train lines worked and things like that, which I think was really interesting. This is an aspect of American history that
is very rarely talked about. In fact, I don’t think it’s ever really talked about. Um. I
mentioned this in one of my other videos, I think when I was talking about “I Know Why
the Caged Bird Sings.” But I feel like this period of black history is very much ignored
because people sort of just assume that black people did nothing after slavery, but before
the Civil Rights movement. [laughs] Like they disappear from United States history for that
entire period, which is so ridiculous. So this book is a really great filler in terms
of, like, providing you with some information about that time period. And then in terms of a book I’m excited to
read, I have “What We All Long For” by Dionne Brand. This is a Canadian book and a Canadian
author. And it follows this Vietnamese family that migrates to Canada in the 1970s, I believe.
I’m super excited to read this. I’m actually reading this along with Hello Hemlock. This
isn’t, like, one of their books of the month, but I’m going to be providing some content
in the month of December based around this book. So I’m very excited to be doing that.
And I’m very excited to read this book. So this is a book that is for sure going to be
read because I need to read it so I can write my stuff for their website. Next we’re going to go to South America and
this is the one that was the hardest for me because I haven’t really read that much South
American literature. I read “Love in the Time of Cholera” a really long time ago, but I
like barely remember it and I don’t even have a copy, I don’t think, anymore. I was like
searching my shelves for it but I don’t have it. But I’m well aware of the fact that my
South American literature is like nil. So I recently went to the library and I picked
up Juan Pablo Villalobos’ “Down the Rabbit Hole.” I know that Wiebke over at 1book1review
recently reviewed this book and that’s actually what brought it to my attention. I decided
to pick this up and it’s also pretty short read and since I got it from the library I’m
going to be reading it before it’s due. So again, I have a book that will be read hopefully
in November otherwise I will renew it for another month. Next up I’m going to travel over to Europe
and I am just going to recommend that you read Tana French. She is Irish and she places
her books in Dublin so I think that is nice that it’s European but not like England. But
I don’t know if that necessarily counts. Like I feel like a lot of my books that I read
from Europe are U.K.-based which, again, is another downfall. I don’t know if you consider
Russian literature to be European. I don’t really understand how Russia works in the
continent scheme of things. So I’m just going to say if you want something Russian then
definitely check out “Crime and Punishment.” I feel like that’s a really good starter Russian
novel. Another recommendation that I can provide is to read some short stories from, like,
Gogol because that’s definitely how I got into Russian literature. You know, short stories
can be a lot easier because Russian literature tends to be really dense and have a lot of
characters and all of these characters have different names. So short stories might be
a really smart way to go with Russian lit. And then in terms of what I want to read,
I have a copy of “NW” by Zadie Smith. I’m sticking a picture in because the book is
currently being used as my “tripod.” So that’s a book I have had for like a year now, but
I still haven’t read it yet. And I really, really want to, just like I want to really,
really read all of these other books that I have. Yeah that is my pick for European
because she takes the idea of race and kind of twists it, I’ve heard, in this book. So
I’m very excited to read that and experience that. And then for Africa I’m going to recommend
a comic strip or a graphic novel and that is “Aya: Life in Yop City” by Marguerite Abouet.
I did a full review on this channel when I read it earlier, I think I read it in January
this year. So I will link to that in the description as well so you guys can check that out. But
this is a really great graphic novel that takes place on the Ivory Coast, which is a
part of Africa that I personally know nothing about. I also really like this story because
it basically takes places in Africa, but it doesn’t like make it seem like super exotic.
Like all of these people seem super normal. Normal in the sense of like, they’re not that
different from like you and me. Like this story is very exaggerated and very, like,
dramatic and things like that. But there’s nothing really about this that makes it significantly
different from a story that might take place in the Americas. Plus it’s just like super
fun and doesn’t talk about like the “tragedies” of Africa or make everything seem super depressing.
Like this seems like a fun place to live and a cool place to visit, things like that, which
is not necessarily the feeling you get a lot of times when you read stories from Africa. And then, of course, for the book that I want
to read from Africa: Adichie. I still haven’t read anything by her and I already own this
one so I really need to read this because I want to and it’s [laughs] I know it’s going
to be good. I know I’m going to like it. I just need to do it already. I need life to
go on hold so I can read. And then for Asia I am picking up “How to
Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” by Mohsin Hamid. I read this in 2013, I believe. And
it was by far one of the best books I read that year. This book is told in second person,
which is really unique and really well done. Things like that usually feel very gimmicky,
but he pulls it off so well. And this takes place in an “unknown” Asian country, but most
people assume that it’s supposed to be Pakistan because that’s where Mohsin Hamid is from
and it’s very similarly described. Like the way the major city is described in this book
is very similar to the way the major cities in Pakistan are. I also did a review of this
book, so that will be linked down below if you want more information on it. But this
is a really, just really well done book. It’s really short. It took me like a day to read
because I was so engrossed in it. So if you’re looking for something that’s Asian that isn’t,
like, China or Japan, which I know a lot of people read from and that’s great. But if
you want something that’s not from those 2 countries, check this out. And then in terms of Asian authors that I
want to read. I haven’t read any Murakami, at all, which is really surprising for me.
But I’m really intimidated by him because I know everyone loves him. I feel like I need
to read, like, Murakami in secret. Like I need to, like, not post about it and not put
it on Goodreads or anything like that and just experience him in like a bubble without,
like, the outside pressures of everyone else loving him. So I’ve been putting him off because
I want to, like, get to a place where he’s not super, duper hyped up and I can just read
it and experience it without feeling like I have to love him because everyone loves
him. And then finally for the Australia, New Zealand,
Oceania section of the world. The book I’m going to recommend is “Jellicoe Road” by Melina
Marchetta. This was such a good book. I believe I also read this in 2013. And I think I also
did a review on that so, again, you can check that out. But I adored it. This is a young
adult novel and it takes place at a boarding school, which is something that I absolutely
love. And this is one of those books where you just start reading it and, at least personally,
I had no idea what was happening. And then it takes you on such a crazy journey. And,
oh, it was just so good and I’m super excited because I want to read more of her books.
I think in other countries it’s also called “On the Jellicoe Road” so definitely just
keep that in mind if you don’t live in the United States. But this was so good. And if
you haven’t read a lot of things from Australia, which I’ve seen a lot of people say in these
videos, that is a really good one to check out because it is young adult so it’ll be
a little bit of a faster read. And even if you don’t like young adult or put off by that
genre, this is worth it. Like this one is so good. And then the final book I want to read from
this area is Richard Flannigan’s “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” I believe it’s called.
It just won the Man Booker Prize for this year and I’ve heard really good things about
it. Catorina over at Little Book Owl recently read it and absolutely raved about it. I’ll
link her review. But a lot of people have been raving about that book, especially since
it recently won the Man Booker Prize. So yeah, those are all of the books that I
wanted to talk about. Feel free to leave some comments down below. If you make videos, do
this tag. I am tagging everyone. Just do this tag. Even if you don’t have a lot of books
to talk about, I feel like it’s important to just get the books that you do know talked
about. Because a lot of times when we talk about reading diversely a lot of people are
just like “I don’t know where to start.” So this is a really great way to get people started
and give people recommendations about books to try. Secondly, if you don’t make videos, feel free
to like answer down below what some of your favorite, I’m going to say non-North America
and non-European authors are. Unless you have some recommendations for like Eastern European
authors, I would love that. So Eastern European authors or if you know South American authors.
I’ve asked for South American authors in the past and I sort of have a list going, but
definitely Eastern European or Australian or New Zealand. Those are the areas that I
can tell I need help with. So any recommendation in those areas, leave them in the comments
section. So yeah, that’s all I have for now and thanks
for watching.

57 thoughts on “Read Diversely Tag

  1. I just finished reading Norwegian Wood and I was really surprised by it. I went in with no expectations as that wasn't even a book on my TBR (I have others by him). I really enjoyed it.

  2. Catriona's reaction to The Narrow Road to the Deep North sold me too! I am next on the hold list. <3
    Great video per usual. <3

  3. If you're still willing to read Russian literature again after enduring War and Peace, I totally recommend The Idiot by Dostoevsky. It's by far my favorite piece of Russian literature, and it's such a deeply emotional experience–it has laugh-out-loud funny parts, but the end was enough to make me just weep. So if you don't mind having your soul a little bit wounded, it's definitely worth reading.

  4. Great video!! I'd love to recommend some Romanian authors, but most have not been translated into English. I think Emil Cioran's A Short History of Decay was translated and published by Penguin (it's super depressing and philosophical so I don't know if you like those sort of books). There's also Herta Muller (German-Romanian who won the Nobel).

    As for South American (and Central American) lit. I had some courses on that and I enjoyed: The President by Miguel Angel Asturias and Rayuela ("Hopscotch") by Julio Cortazar. Of course, there's also One Hundred Years of Solitude, which has some elements that are reminiscent of Wuthering Heights. 

  5. I think I might do this tag! We'll see. I feel like some of the books I'd mention I have already spoken about on my channel, but I don't know. We'll see!

  6. I got halfway through 1Q84 by Murakami and…. I hated it. Well, I hated one of the characters in it. So not everyone loves him!

  7. Just filmed my Read Diversely Tag this morning, now on to the edit! Also loved your video, your always the first person I watch when it comes to reading diversely (:

  8. Had fun watching! Such a great tag. Yeah, I'm the same with South American literature. I don't think I've read any. I sure have read tons of European, Asian, and African though. You were asking about what continent Russia inhabits so I went to go have a look because I wasn't quite sure either, and Wikipedia labels Russia as being part of Eurasia…so a mix of Asia and Europe depending on where you're at.

  9. Every time I watch one of your videos I add a pile of books to my wish list. Stop having such great taste in books 👍👍

  10. I was so glad to see you do this tag. I definitely need to check out How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

    Eastern European recommendations – Andrey Kurkov is a great Ukrainian author. His book Death and the Penguin is a dark comedy that looks at post-Soviet Ukraine. He has quite a few other novels (and some non-fiction) as well.

  11. Feeling ridiculously happy that you picked up Down the Rabbit Hole because of me 🙂
    Also to take off some pressure, I don't like Murakami. Tried two of his books years ago and really didn't enjoy the perspective and reading experience.

  12. Being from South America myself, I feel like I must recommend you this brazilian classic I think you'd enjoy a lot: Dom Casmurro, by Machado de Assis. Here's the goodreads link if you feel like checking it out:

  13. So glad you recommended How to Get Filthy Rich by Mohsin Hamid which is set in my hometown Karachi, Pakistan- I loved it too. And you need to jump on the Adichie and Murakami train! Americanah and Kafka on the Shore are amazing.

  14. I love this tag, it's always so cool to see what people pick. I'm taking so many of your recommendations for when I'm finally done with my book buying ban :D! 
    Just a little thing. Juan Pablo Villalobos is Mexican, so technically he is not South American, though he is Latin-American.  

  15. Hi! Just a few european recommandations:
    Hungary: The Door, by Magda Szabo; anything by nobel prize winner Imre Kertész, etc.
    Austria: The Road into the Open, by Arthur Schnitzler; anything by Stefan Zweig
    Czech Republic: Too Loud a Solitude, by Bohumil Hrabal; and of course Milan Kundera.
    Switzerland: anything by Pascal Mercier; The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, by Joel Dicker, anything by C. F. Ramuz; Léon and Louise, by Alex Capus, etc.
    Finnland: anything by Arto Paasilinna; Purge, by Sofi Oksanen; Cold Courage, by Pekka Hiltunen, etc.
    Russia: Life and Fate, by Vasily Grossman; The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov.
    Italy: I'm Not Scared, by Niccolo Ammaniti
    Belgium: Hygiene and the Assassin, and others, by Amélie Nothomb.
    Germany: Bad Karma, by David Safier; Momo, by Michael Ende, etc.
    There's so many…. I hope you find something interesting in the lot.
    Thank you for making interesting videos and giving great recommandations!

  16. I've always thought of Russia in the Europe category, though maybe it's one of those countries that's in both the Europe/Asia categories? I think that's the case with Turkey.

    Here's what I've read and can recommend for Eastern Europe and Latin America:
    -Shards by Ismet Prcic – author is Bosnian-American, – he immigrated to the US when he was 19-20 years old.
    -Dubravka Ugresic is a Croatian author. A number of her essays and a few novels have been translated into English, most notably by the publisher Open Letter Books. I have read both Baba Yaga Laid an Egg and Thank You for Not Reading (the latter is an essay collection). There were parts that I enjoyed of each and other parts I didn't care for, so I have a hard time choosing which, if any, to recommend based on my own experience. However, I think Baba Yaga Laid an Egg is more accessible to a non-European reader. In some parts, Thank You for Not Reading assumes that the reader either works in or has knowledge of the European book market circa late 1990s/early 2000s and that can be frustrating.
    -The House of Paper by Carlos Maria Dominguez – Argentinian author. If you like books about books, this may be appealing to you.
    -Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico and raised in South Africa. I am currently reading her essay collection Sidewalks, and she has another book out, Faces in the Crowd, which I have not read. I first heard about Luiselli from the World Cup of Literature (which the blog Three Percent – associated with the publisher Open Letter Books, mentioned above – ran earlier this year around the same time as the real World Cup). I am really enjoying her writing thus far.

    Apologies for the long comment! I hope you find something you like! 🙂

  17. "Read Murakami in secret" haha I get your feeling. 🙂 
    If he ends up not being your thing, I'd recommend you to try the other Murakami (Ryu).

  18. I'm so glad you enjoyed Marchetta's book! She's an incredible writer…I'd highly recommend you check out Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca by her as well. I think in the past couple of years she's moved into fantasy and I really enjoyed those as well.

    Another Australian author you should check out is John Marsden and his 'Tomorrow, When the War Began' series. Although that may break your heart.

    In terms of South American authors, have you tried Isabel Allende? I loved the children's books she's written but she's more well known for her adult fiction, I believe.

  19. Yes! Warmth of Other Suns was amazing. I listened to the audio book this year and it was sooo interesting.

  20. If you want to read more about the migration from South to North, I recommend Blood on the Forge by William Attaway. I read it a few years ago and it left such a strong impression on me. The emphasis on the novel is labor in the North and how it changes the Southerners.  It gave me a lot of feelings. The portions in the North are my favorite. I really recommend it! I have been meaning to reread it myself. It was the first time I'd read about that period and it was just such an awesome/amazing experience

  21. You need to read Americanah. Everybody needs to read Americanah.

    I'm reading How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and I also really like it. I just haven't had time to sit down and finish it, but it's so good and I really like the format

  22. Rabbit Proof Fence is an amazingly heartbreaking book about Aboriginal Australian's and Once Were Warriors is a similarly emotional book about Maori's in New Zealand 🙂

  23. I won't attempt a summary of the book but as to Eastern European literature I would recommend Jaan Kross' "The Czar's Madman". it's said to be the most popular Estonian novel in the world. I've read it in both languages and I really enjoyed the English translation, too. although the names might be unfamiliar at first.

    here's the Goodreads link:

  24. Some really great recommendations! I've only read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's short stories. I really need to read her novels… I love Jellicoe Road. And Melina Marchetta. 

  25. This is such a great tag I think I'm going to do it soon! I know for sure that I'm going to fall down on South American literature although I have read some short stories by Marquez but that's it! Great video 🙂

  26. Hi Rincey,
    I don't know if you're aware of it, but there's an ongoing project online at readrussia2013(dot)com to promote contemporary russian lit and they compiled an anthology of short stories that is available online for free in pdf format (can be downloaded at the website). As you talked about russian literature in the video, I just thought I'd let you know in case you haven't heard of it. =)

  27. For Australian lit I highly recommend Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. It will break your heart but it's beautiful. Lots of people also recommend Tim Winton but I'm not a huge fan. I would say try David Malouf over Winton.

  28. I've added The Warmth of Other Suns to my wishlist. It sound really interesting and it's not something I've ever heard or thought about before. Woo for learning.

  29. I haven't read N-W yet, but I'd highly recommend reading White Teeth at some point as well; it's excellent. I also really love How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia – it's become one of my all-time favorite books, and I appreciated it even more after getting to go to one of Mohsin Hamid's tour events. 

  30. Ah, thank you for The Warmth of Other Suns recommendation, I've been having the worst time trying to find non-fiction written by POC authors. Academia is hella white.

  31. check out this list
    I will recommend Stieg Larsson,
    Henning Mankell (The Wallandar series – which is now a BBC show starring Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston also on Netflix)
    and John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) which would fit into the Halloween tag that just happened in October! 

  32. Really great video and tag! I am embarrassed to say though that even though I come from Brazil I haven't read very diversely. Even in my home country it is very noticeable that most famous or celebrated authors are either white straight males or part of the more privileged social class. 

  33. A novel I recently read for my Poltical Science class is The Reader by German author Bernhard Schlink. It's basically about the post-war generation's feelings about their parents' involvement in Nazi Germany. Being German, but not having been raised in Germany myself, it really sort of made me understand better my grandparents' "silence" about their lives during WW2 (they were the post-war generation).. I put silence in quotation marks because they did speak about the war, but not really about how it affected their family you know……
    I know it sounds like the novel could come across as German Guilt, and it has gotten a lot of narrow-minded criticism for that (these people assumed it was a Holocaust novel when the author explicitly said it wasn't…) but it really shows how to deal with knowing the people who cared for you were also in a way compliant to the damage of another culture……. Anways, I'll stop rambling because I realize that a lot of what I'm saying doesn't make sense…
    I'm currently reading Americanah by Adichie (although I had to take a break for school work), and I'm absolutely in love with it! You should check it out as well 🙂

  34. I treasure your videos. There are so many books I'm going to read because of you! A semi-South American recommendation: The memoir  'Something Fierce' by Carmen Aguirre. It's Canadian and popular here in Canada but it's about Aguirre's super-interesting adolescence in South America. I didn't love it but I really really liked it and based on the past few hours I've spent watching your videos, I think you'd like it, too.  

  35. I loved "The Warmth of Other Suns"  Isabel Wilkerson weaved the stories of those who were disenfranchised in America with beautifully and with honor.  I donated my copy but, will capture it again for my library. 

  36. I need to finish NW, but I have read On Beauty and White Teeth. Enjoyed them both. I own Half a Yellow Sun, but I have not read it either. I loved Americanah and her earlier book The Things Around Your Neck. I've seen Aya around. I've been wanting to read it. I learned about Murakami last year. He is an acquired taste. LOL! I enjoy him muchly. LOL! But I completely understand about not wanting to read his novels while they are hyped. There are too many unreasonable expectations from others' influences.

  37. I recently read A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman and really enjoyed it, it was translated from Swedish, I believe so I will assume he is a Swedish Author (:

  38. I just read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is one of my favorite books now!

  39. If you wanna try Malaysian Literature. Try 'Salina' by A.Samad Said. It has English translated version. 

  40. I got so excited when Aya went on the screen because I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO KNEW THAT BOOK EXISTED AND I'M SO GLAD I WAS WRONG!!! Although I have only read the first volume and didn't know it came in a compendium. I really want to read the second one though (not exactly sure how many there are but I want to read all of them). As this video progressed I think I added all of the books you recommended unless they were already on my list. We chatted at VidCon really quick about We Need Diverse Books and I'm so glad I finally found your channel!! I think I should do this tag because 1) talking about diverse books is so exciting 2) I need an excuse to make more booktube videos lol. Anyways, it was nice to talk to you at VidCon! Can't wait to read some of these! 😀

  41. So I'm commenting over a year late but Tana French isn't Irish, she's an American who has been living in Ireland for 20 years, I'm not really sure if that makes a difference. Great Irish authors though: Emma Donoghue, John Boyne and Louise O'Neill. I still haven't read Adichie but I need to.

  42. hello, here are some reccomendations from eastern europe: Milan Kundera (Czech author), his most famous book is The Unberable Lightness of Being. Also, i can reccomend Mircea Eliade (Romanian author, lived in the states, historian of religions but also novelist), not a lot of his fiction is translated into English, but he's a very good writer, esp if you like myths and magical realism. For a more modern Romanian author try Hertha Müller. hope this helps

  43. I've got a recommendation for Africa. It's called "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust" by Immaculée Ilibagiza.

  44. "Tirra Lirra by the River' by Jessica Anderson. She is an Australian author.
    My friend suggested to read 'The Dressmaker' by Rosalie Ham (another Australian author) but, I never got around to read it.

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