I recently heard someone point out that given today's politics, it is a good time to make an effort to read books by authors of color. I agreed. And then I thought, but I have no idea how many authors of color I read. That's not something I've tracked.
So far in 2017 I've read 16 books but 3 are by authors of color which is pretty good: 19%. In 2016 I read 10 out of 100, or 10%. In 2015 I read 7 out of 100, or 7%. So I've been improving! I hope I can keep that improving rate going! Although when I look at what I have on tap for the year, it's not looking impressive for authors of color. I might have to make more of an effort. Luckily there are lots of lists I can work from like here and here and here.
And here's a breakdown by ethnicity below, which is interesting. I haven't read any books by East Asian authors since 2015. And I'm happily surprised at how many books I've read by authors of Middle Eastern heritage.
Stephen Mack Jones
Benjamin Alire Sáenz