I’m excited to join my first ever themed reading challenge, #DiverseReads2016. This challenge is hosted by Mishma of Chasing Faerytales and Shelly of Read.Sleep.Repeat. You can read more about the challenge here. The purpose of the Diverse Reads challenge is to read and talk about books that are written by diverse authors and feature diverse protagonists.
Personally, I think it is important to go out of my way to find these books and actively engage with them. I am a very privileged, middle-class white woman. Often I feel out of touch with people from different backgrounds and experiences that do not have the same opportunities that I have. One of the things I want to do in 2016 is to talk less and listen more. By reading diverse books (especially ones by diverse authors) and actively discussing them, promoting them, and engaging with them, I’ll gain more empathy and understanding and also elevate the voices that need to be elevated. This isn’t just with books, either–this is with bloggers and activists as well. In our current media climate, where hatred is spewed based on stereotypes, it’s important to listen, to seek understanding, and to find common ground.
As I said, I want to focus not just on books featuring diverse characters, but on ones written by diverse authors. These will be marked with the #OwnVoices hashtag.
I’m still building my TBR list, but look out for coming reviews that feature #DiverseReads2016!