“Reading List for Outsiders” by Jordannah Elizabeth

Firstly, I should say this reading list is for readers who feel like outsiders. A wise person said, “People can make you feel like an outsider when you’re actually on the inside,” so feel free to heed as this reading list is not for to heal any wounds but to get your mind back into action and on the right track. Nonetheless, I believe there is no such thing as “the outside.” Some people don’t live by the status quo with can lead to a bit of social and cultural angst and loneliness. That is understandable. It’s not in all in your head.


This reading list is to remind you that life is vast and inspiring.There are so many topics and conversations we overlook because we feel like we don’t belong or no one can identify with our experiences. These books are compiled intuitively. I think of a theme, then go to my library and literature just flies into my hands. This list is made up of books that want to be read. They want to belong, they want to live inside your minds eye. My one sincere request is that if the theme of this list is something you identify with, let the books in. Let them live on the inside and show you, you were never an outsider, just a genius who deserves more support and understanding.


The Collected Poems

by Sylvia Plath

Jazz Diasporas: Race Music and Migration in Post-World War II Paris

By Rashida K. Braggs

Outliers: The Story of Success

By Malcolm Gladwell

Vulnerability in Resistance

Edited By Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay

Creative Writer’s Notebook: 20 Great Authors & 70 Writing Exercises

By John Gillard

Bone Black

By bell hooks


By Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva

The Stranger

By Albert Camus