Here in the Caribbean, Callaloo is a popular dish, the main ingredient being the leaves of the Dasheen plant.

And we throw all sorts of other foods and spices in, to flavour our callaloo pot :ochro, pumpkin, garlic, pimento, hot pepper, chive, celery, coconut milk, salt and a meat of your choice. Most persons use pigtail or crab. I, however, like to change it up a bit and use shrimp, salmon or chicken foot.

Callaloo though can also be used in literary terms to give the meaning of diversity. For example, because of my multi-ethnic background, I usually tell persons I’m a ‘callaloo’.

Today, however, I thought of applying ‘callaloo’, to reading. Many readers have a preferred genre or two and that’s great. But sometimes it’s also good to venture outside of your ‘reading comfort zone’ and try something new… mix it up a little… like a callaloo 🙂


Diversifying your reading genre can be likened to dropping a hot pepper in a callaloo pot: it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients, rather it just gives added flavour.


So spice up your reading! Try a new author or genre. Here are some books you may not have read before but can add to your reading list:

cow called boy A Cow Called Boy by C. Everard Palmer

grey areas Grey Areas by Brad Carl (perma-FREE on Amazon Kindle)

percy shelley Percy Shelley Selected Poems and Prose

miguel street Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul

paperback crush Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss

green days by river Green Days by the River by Michael Anthony

shadow of the wind Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

a brighter sun A Brighter Sun by Sam Selvon

green unknown  The Green Unknown by Patrick Rogers

ferdie Ferdie and the Seven, book one by larry Buenafe



And of course there are many more titles which I will share in future posts!

Until then,

Sailing over sunsets and wishes in twilight colours!

Kimelene Carr


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