As part of my 30 Before 30 challenge, I want to read 100 authors of colour before I hit 30. I’ve been making more of an effort to read books by people from completely different backgrounds, races and countries to my own but the amount of authors of colour I’ve read is still shockingly low, and now I plan to rectify it! I’ll continue to add to the list below as I read, and would welcome any of your recommendations for authors I should try.

Note: I am including mixed race authors in this challenge.

  1. Alyssa Cole
  2. Ayisha Malik
  3. Ayòbámi Adébáyò
  4. Bim Adewunmi
  5. Celeste Ng
  6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. Chimene Suleyman
  8. Coco Khan
  9. Daniel York Loh
  10. Darren Chetty
  11. Heidi Heilig
  12. Helen Oyeyemi
  13. Himesh Patel
  14. Inua Ellams
  15. Ivy Alvarez
  16. Jenny Han
  17. Justina Ireland
  18. Khaled Hosseini
  19. Kieran Yates
  20. Leïla Slimani
  21. M.L. Wang
  22. Malinda Lo
  23. Malorie Blackman
  24. Marie Lu
  25. Mariko Tamaki
  26. Mary Anne Mohanraj
  27. Maya Angelou
  28. Miss L.
  29. Mizue Tani
  30. Morgan Parker
  31. Musa Okwonga
  32. N. K. Jemisin
  33. Natsuki Takaya
  34. Nicola Yoon
  35. Nikesh Shukla
  36. Nish Kumar
  37. Nnedi Okorafor
  38. Rebecca Roanhorse
  39. Renée Ahdieh
  40. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  41. Rita Dove
  42. Riz Ahmed
  43. Roshani Chokshi
  44. Sabrina Mahfouz
  45. Salena Godden
  46. Salman Rushdie
  47. Sara Collins
  48. Sarah Sahim
  49. Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  50. Susan Ee
  51. Tiffany D. Jackson
  52. Varaidzo
  53. Vera Chok
  54. Vinay Patel
  55. Wei Ming Kam
  56. Yuna Kagesak
  57. Zen Cho