Sunday, March 29, 2015

AICL's Recommended/Not Recommended reads in 2014

I received a request from a person asking if I could write up a comprehensive list of books I read during 2014, with links to the page on which I wrote about the book. This isn't a list of books published in 2014. It is books I read in that year. Some are old, some are new. I'm bleary eyed from working on the list. I think it is complete but I may have missed some thing!

Some of you may look at the books on the Not Recommended list and say to yourself "Really?! You set a high bar!" or something like that. Keep in mind that I read within a larger context than just one book. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, for example, has one passage about Native people. We could argue about its merit (as took place in the comments!) but I read such passages within a societal context that continues to publish books and media that misrepresent Native peoples. It isn't just one book. It is lots of little bits in lots of books. It adds up to a whole lot of misrepresentation.


Not Recommended


Anonymous said...

Why is Pinkalicious in your recommended list? If you click the title and read the original review you say not recommended.

Debbie Reese said...

Thanks, Anonymous! I've moved it to the not recommended list. That was one of the errors made due to bleary eyes!

Truth Unleashed said...

The "Teen Spirit" link goes to the wrong page.

Debbie Reese said...

Thanks, Truth Unleashed, for noting the wrong link for TEEN SPIRIT. I fixed it.