Back in May, I decided to investigate reader's favourite books either written by a person of colour, or with a person of colour as a main character.
Why, you ask yourself?
Well, I knew that my own book, Good Girl Bad Girl, was amongst a very few in the suspense/thriller genre with a non- white main character and I wanted to find out if there were more.
So, I asked on www.Goodreads.com.
On Goodreads, I'm a member of Our Shared Shelf, which is an active Book Club with almost 150 000 members and I asked them the question.
(If you're a member of Goodreads, you can read the full discussion thread here -
Actually, I found hardly any other books in the suspense/thriller genre with main characters who are black or a person of colour but readers recommended books from many genres.
I thought I'd share some of them here for those of you who are interested.
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Dawn, Octovia E. Butler
Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Land of Love and Drowning, Tiphanie Yanique
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
Casanegra, Blair Underwood
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
Americanah, Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie
Half of a Yellow Sun, Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
City of Golden Shadow, Tad Williams
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K.Jeminsin
Filter House, Nisi Shawl
Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson
Luther: The Calling, Neil Cross
Daughters who walk this Path, Yejide Kilanko
Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Mighty be Our Powers, Leymah Gbowee
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Tracks, Louise Erdrich
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