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Reading more diversely

This month, as part of signing up for all the challenges, I decided to participate in December Diversity Bingo. The aim is to get five in a row, and I’m pretty close at the moment (I may have finished it by the time this actually goes up!). I’ve chosen to go from non-binary character down. img_20161128_202753.jpg

So far, I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read. Things like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Cress (Lunar Chronicles) are ones that I was always planning to read, not in a way specific to diversity. But Huntress (Malinda Lo) and Symptoms of Being Humans were books I sought out specifically for this challenge, and they really blew me away with how good they were. 

The problem is, I basically never read diverse books that aren’t popular, until I signed up for this challenge. For some reason, it never occurred to me to properly seek out good representation – instead, I’ll sit here and type out an angry post about how little representation there is in mainstream writing. Good on me, right? But, shockingly, there’s a lot of really great stuff out there! My library has a lot more than I thought, and it’s really time that I started making the most of that. It’s really just a matter of looking for books, instead of hoping they’re going to be the next best thing and I’ll just find them by accident. 

So, that’s my challenge to me in 2017; read more diversely. I have signed up for a little bingo thing, similar to this December one, but I’m not going to stress myself out over reading everything on the bingo thing. I mean, they’re definitely good ideas, but if I read 5 LGBTQ+ books, beyond just a gay couple, and they’re all contemporary instead of fantasy, I won’t stress. Sure, the bingo won’t be completed, but that’s still more diverse reading than I was doing before!

I’m going to be scouring the internet for recommendations (I’ve already added loads from this list), so I’d love to know what you recommend! I need everything I can get my hands on!

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I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

10 thoughts on “Reading more diversely

  1. Ahhhh this looks so cool! Unfortunately I think it’s far too late in December for me to attempt this, but diversity bingo is such a good idea! I’m really happy they included a square for a pansexual character because it seems like that sexual orientation is often ignored…

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    1. Haha, maybe a bit late! I think it’s the same people doing the one that goes through all of 2017, I can find you the link if you want?
      And yeah, I really like that it’s got things that are so often skipped over! It’ll really broaden my reading which is great 🙂

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  2. That’s a wonderful idea! I pin a lot for diverse books, so I’m all in with that, haha! Unfortunately, I usually end up reading SO MANY gay books I don’t really look on the other directions as I should! #shameonme Another thing to try to change in 2017: expanding my theme section on diverse books, haha!

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