This post is part of the Reading Writers of Color challenge hosted by Lonely Cryptid Media’s staff writer and editor, Dan Michael Fielding.
I cannot tell you how excited I am for this year’s challenge! 2021 was an amazing year filled with reading and learning. I’m so pleased to have gotten to know many of you through your reading recommendations and comments. I hope you enjoy the reading prompt list for 2022!
If you’re new to the challenge, here’s the run down: for the year of 2022 we will commit to reading more books by authors of color. Each month is centered around a prompt intended to inspire your reading choices, stretch your imagination, and get you reading!
I constructed this year’s prompt list based on feedback from challenge participants. Folks wanted more works from Indigenous authors and queer authors. I’ve also tried to balance prompts based on an author’s identity or group categorization, and prompts based on the contents of the book. This should allow you to choose books in genres you already read and explore new genres along the way.
The list is as follows:
- January: Classical or foundational reading
- February: A genre which is new to you
- March: Social-justice oriented
- April: By a global south or migrant author
- May: Non-fiction
- June: By a queer, trans, or nonbinary author
- July: By a debut author
- August: By an Indigenous, Aboriginal, or Native author
- September: Speculative fiction
- October: By a disabled author
- November: A book which explores gender, sex, or sexuality
- December: A book by one of your favorite authors
Don’t worry if you can’t think of what to read for the prompts. Each month I will write a guide with some advice and recommended reading. You can use that space to brainstorm what to read, ask for recommendations, and share your picks.
If you like having an image to print out or to share on social media, feel free to share the call list below:
Which month are you most excited for? Are there any you’re anticipating having difficulty with? Let us know in the comments so we can celebrate or start brainstorming solutions.
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