12 Books by Female Writers of Colour from Around the World

This year my game plan is to read as many books as I can by writers of colour, with a focus on women writers of colour. If you are subscribed to my personal newsletter you already know that I’ve been collecting recommendations over the last couple of months in preparation for my 2018 reading list. I received over 20 recommendations (thank you!) and welcome any additional suggestions. I’m pretty stoked to go through my final picks of these 12.

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  2. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
  3. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  4. Dust Tracks On A Road by Zora Neale Hurston 
  5. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  6. The Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden
  7. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  8. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  9. Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
  10. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
  11. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  12. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Now it’s quite possible that I’ll read more than these but I wanted to leave room for general reads that I plan on reading this year as well. Because I have been on a minimalism journey for a while now, I will not be purchasing hard copies this year and instead plan on using a mix of the Toronto Public Library and Audible to read this year. Let me know what you’re currently reading and also how you read (audio books, borrowing, buying).

Until next time, live and love.


 Update: You can check out my complete reading list here.




  1. I enjoyed the last black unicorn by tiffany.im currently searching for a mystery audible just so I can compare an audible mystery book to the paperback copy.


    1. This was my 2nd audible book but tbh I’m not sure I’ll be doing any more audiobooks. I enjoyed the Tiffany one just because I’m a fan but I realized I prefer reading. Oh and I’ve not read any mysteries in over a decade lol. Suggest one and I’ll read it this summer 🙂


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