Thursday, June 30, 2022

AMP It Up List

The AMP It Up Book List is created to focus on books about race, religion, culture, sexual identity, and gender identity. In order to do my part to change the world, I want to be informed about people different than myself.  These books have already guided me to see the world in a different way, and I hope they do the same for you.

The books I have already read are marked with an asterisk, and I am always reading something new. Click here for my current reads. 

The best part is that this list will continue to evolve, this is just the beginning! If you want to see a book added to the list, please contact me. I’ll be making additions weekly. You can find copies of these listed books from independent bookstores on my Bookshop. 

1. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid*

2. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo*

3. Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

4. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant*

5. The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman*

6. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev*

7. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi*

8. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

9. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa* 

10. Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron*

11. Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

12. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo*

13. Know My Name by Chanel Miller*

14. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai*

15. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson*

16. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera*

17. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson* 

18. There There by Tommy Orange*

19. Becoming by Michelle Obama*

20. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 

21. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia*

22. What is Not Yours is Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 

23. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

24. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

25. Sabrina and Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

26. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf*

27. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

28. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett* 

29. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 

30. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 

31. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

32. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

33. How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

34. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi* 

35. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim*

36. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors*

37. A Burning by Megha Majumdar*

38. Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez*

39. Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon*

40. Memorial by Bryan Washington*

41. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert*

42. This is How We Fly by Anna Meriano*

43. Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur*

44. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria*

45. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Melinda Lo*

46. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu* 

47. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo*

48. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed*

49. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel*

50. This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith*  

51. Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett*

52. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas*

53. Dear Martin by Nic Stone*

54. Luster by Raven Leilani*

55. Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson*

56. The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson*

57. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole*

58. Infinite Country by Patricia Engel*

59. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers*

60. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert*

61. The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron*

62. The Office of Historical Corrections*

63. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas*

64. Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala*

65. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender*

66. Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer*

67. What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster*

68. The Guncle by Steven Rowley*

69. Off the Record by Camryn Garrett*

70. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang*

71. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw*

72. Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo*

73. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson*

74. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar*

75. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto*

76. Gron by Tiffany D. Jackson*

77. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner*

78. The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood



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