10 Books to Read Before You Graduate: Translated Edition

It's no secret that I love books. And, it's no secret that I've been recently rallying for a larger awareness of minority authors. This year, I made it my New Year's resolution to read twenty books written by minority authors because I think it's important to celebrate their voices and understand other cultures and histories. I think there's so much emphasis placed on English and French authors in literature classes, and there's not enough emphasis placed on ethnic authors.

So, I've decided to take the challenge of promoting minority authors into my own hands. Here, I've crafted a list of amazing books--all written by minority authors and all in their native language. Let's get ready to read! 

  1. 1. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Bachman

    Goodreads: 4.36

    Read it if you: are looking for a quirky, funny, heartwarming story

    Don't read it if you: hate old people, cats, or togetherness

  2. 3. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

    Goodreads: 4.12

    Read it if you: appreciate the Jewish voice and/or want to learn more about the Holocaust

    Don't read it if you: can't handle crying or are a neo-Nazi

  3. 4. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Goodreads: 4.06

    Read it if you: love trippy, fast-paced novels

    Don't read it if you: hate referencing a family tree

  4. 5. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo

    Goodreads: 4.05

    Read it if you: like fragmented narratives and death metaphors

    Don't read it if you: won't pay attention to the subtelties of the narrative line

  5. 6. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

    Goodreads: 4.01

    Read it if you: are all about that ~spiritual~ life

    Don't read it if you: are looking for a racy plot

  6. 7. Book of Lamentations - Rosario Castellanos

    Goodreads: 3.98

    Read it if you: like realistic, historical fiction

    Don't read it if you: dislike books that incorporate foreign language into the narrative

  7. 9. The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho

    Goodreads: 3.85

    Read it if you: are trying to find your way in this big ol' world

    Don't read it if you: don't believe in destiny or fate

All of these books are amazing, so no matter which one you pick to read, you won't be sorry. From classical Homer to contemporary Bachman, this list has got a recommendation for just about every reader. Pick one up and get reading!