I'm currently writing this in an airplane on my way home :)
I've decided to participate in the 2010 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kirsti at the Story Siren. You can find more information about the challenge here It's from Jan. 1, 2010- Dec. 31, 2010.
My goal is to read all the poc debut books of 2010 and I'm not sure how many that is so this list is a work in progress.
I'm going to read
1. The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzlalez
2. Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai
3. A Mesquite in the Rose Garden by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
4. Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
5. Sea by Heidi R. Kling (this book may be an off-color review since the main character is white but an important secondary character is Indonesian)
6. Eighth Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (MG)
7. Tortilla Sun by Jen Cervantes (MG)
8. Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado (MG)
South Asian Author Challenge
Date: Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2010
This challenge is hosted by S. Krishna and you can find more info here
Since I have a whole year to do this challenge my goal is to read 10 books. I want to read 10 YA with two extra MG books. The book must be by an author of South Asian descent and about South Asian culture (South Asia consists of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka).
A list is not needed for this challenge, but for me lists keep me focused and on task (this list is in no particular order).
1. Indie Girl by Kavita Daswani
2. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
3. Beneath My Mother's Feet by Amjed Qama
4. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins
5. Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
6. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
7. Neela's Victory Song by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (MG)
8. Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan
9. Child of Dandelions by Sheenaz Nanji
10. Naming Maya by Uma Krishnaswami (MG/YA)
11. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
12. A Group of One by Rachna Gilmore
I found a great resource here , it's given me so many awesome titles to check out. I will be reading all these books on the list even after the challenge ends.
I found that site through this list which is another fantastic resource. It lists YA books for teens from all ethnic backgrounds!
24-Hour Read-A-Thon update
I'm going to have to edit the Read-A-Thon a bit due to the fact that I'm participating in a service project on Monday so I'll have to get up early. Therefore, I'll need plenty of rest on Sunday so I'm going to start my Read-A-Thon Friday night and go till Saturday night. I will try and post a review on that Friday and Saturday as well.
I'm so excited for all the challenges and the read-a-thon :D