Friday, October 25, 2013

BookTube Friday! Reading Diversely

I've made it one of my goals for 2014 to read more diversely, whether it's ethnic diversity, international diversity, or more authors of color. It's a really broad goal, but I'm very excited about it. Once I mentioned it on #BookTube, I found a slew of like-minded readers with the same goal. I've embedded my original discussion as well as Rincey's video, "Why You Should Read Diversely." I'll be back with an intended TBR of diverse books.

What about you? Do you make an effort to read diversely or just go with the flow?





16 comments:

  1. I like to read diversely but generally just go with the flow.

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    1. Same here. Trying to put more diverse reads in my stack so I'll get around to them more often.

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  2. Obviously, I love this post and the idea around it. Also, I should find Rincey's blog. She seems pretty awesome.

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    1. Woohoo! Rincey is pretty awesome! She's at http://www.youtube.com/RinceyReads. :)

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  3. We'll have to plan to read something together too!

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    1. YES! We should. What are you itching to read?

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  4. I really don't pay attention of the genres that I read, but it's true that we usually feel comfortable with a certain genre and it's difficult to change. For example, this year I read a sci-fi novel, and to my surprise, I liked it! :)
    But I have to say that, even thought I read a lot of Spanish authors, I also chose authors from all over the world. By the way, if you need any recommendation of Spanish authors for 2014, just tell me!

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    1. That's awesome that you tried and liked a sci-fi novel! I read pretty broadly when it comes to genres, but I don't read nearly the number of international authors I'd like to. I will take you up on those Spanish author recommendations!

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  5. I go with the flow but find that I read pretty diversely. Being interested in other languages and cultures helps make that easy. Actually, you strike me as someone who is already a diverse reader, too.

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    1. I read diversely as far as genres and settings go, but not terribly diverse when it comes to the authors and their ethnicities and international locations. I get caught in that popular fiction/American/British loop. lol

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  6. I've always kind of gone with the flow but find that my flow has changed in the past few years so that I find myself drawn to books that are more diverse. I love books set in the Middle East, for example, and am bound to read several of them every year. Same is true of Russia. Let's face it, the only chance we ever have to find some peace in this world is if we all just got to know more about each other. Much harder to hate someone when you know how much like you they are or why they are different.

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    1. Same here! My moods tend to lead me toward more diverse reading, but it's sad when I look at the number of people of color in my Read folder on Goodreads. Ack! So trying to branch out ethnically and internationally in 2014.

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  7. I go with the flow. There is too much going on and not enough time to worry about reading "the right" types of books. Rincey did an amazing job telling why we should pay better attention though. Very thought provoking. I'll be making my own list of more diverse reads for 2014. Thanks for the nudge!

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    1. And I don't think for me it's an issue of "the right" kind of books. I still am a mood reader at heart, but I read barely anything beyond American/British authors, and I think I'd like to have a broader perspective in that sense.

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  8. I like doing that as well, especially through books in translation, and also doing reading challenges such as a book per country [52 countries in 2 years]

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    1. Challenges generally tank for me, so by making this a year-long sort of laid back project, I hope I'll trick myself into making more headway. lol

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