Musing About Things: Reading Diversely

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Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
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So today’s topic is: Reading Diversely

Okay, so this was something I mentioned in my bookish resolution and that was to try to read more diversely. This comes about from a discussion I had with a friend when we watched Bazpierce’s (the booktuber) livestream where he discusses the question: Should we force diversity upon ourselves in our reading?

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Book diversity can mean a lot of things and in Bazpierce’s discussion people talk about whether or not you read only books from main publishing houses or only American/British authors, one genre etc.

And admittedly, I’m guilty of that. As of late I’ve only been reading YA and (historical) romances.

Reading a lot of YA (though I realize that YA itself is diverse in it’s genre), I’m really mostly reading young(ish), white, American/British women authors. Same with the HR. All white female authors and mostly all the from the same publishing house to boot.

And despite the diversity of genres in YA, it also tends to be all from the same perspective: For example, from a young girl who may or may not have a special talent, with the world riding on her shoulder and a love interest (or two).

There’s also the fact that YA lead characters are “always white”. I’ve happy to say however with the more recent YA books, there in an influx of People of Colour in books and not jut as sidekicks, either. Marissa Meyer’s Cinder (and the whole Lunar Chronicles) is lovely example (though if you want to be picky – she’s technically an alien).  There’s Sarah Fine’s Of Metal and Wishes & Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer who have Asian main characters. Liz Czukas’ Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless has a whole gang of diversity. And This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner has a lead POC for no other reason really than that she is.

[*Please note that I’m not disparaging on YA or the formula that is YA novels, I love them, that’s why I read them, but that doesn’t mean I’m not aware that it can be extremely formulaic .]

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Personally, I do think that you should just read what you want and why force upon yourself things you don’t?

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That being said, for myself, I do want to try to increase diversity in my reading and it’s probably important to remember that what’s diverse to me but not be for you. So for this year I’m going to try to make a conscious effort to just try to read out of my normal comfort zone.

Some goals of mine include:

+ try to read more adult literature in general.

+ expand from my typical genres of cute contemporaries, sci-fi and fantasy and try other (YA) genres.

+ try to read more non-white authors (& translated writings?)

+ read more classics ??

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Umm, my one “diverse author” I do read is Haruki Murakami, an amazing Japanese author who writes very interesting (and super meta, surrealism) sci-fi if you’re looking for translated works.

If you don’t read a lot of YA or HR and would like some recs, I can help that! Also, some classics… 😀

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So let me you know if you’re a pretty diverse or you just like to do your thing! Do you want tor read more diversely, or is it something you do on a pretty normal basis?

What are your thoughts on the question of it we should force diversity on ourselves in our reading? Yay or nay?

I would definitely love suggestions for any of my goals there since I feel a little flustered as to where to start. I’ve started reading a bit more Adult urban fantasy and I have a few books about mental illness and disability that I’d like to check out. As for non-white authors…any recs? Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez?

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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  1. My book reading has expanded since I started blogging..I even did an Eclectic Reading Challenge a couple of years ago that took me way out of my comfort zone. And while I didn’t choose any of those genres as my “go to” books going forward, I did enjoy the exposure. Diversity is good!

    Here is my post: MUSING AND CHASING AWAY THE BLUES

  2. I’m from India. I’ve read Hindi authors, English (of course), translated Japanese, Korean, Greek and Roman books. So, geographically, I’m diverse, but most of my choices revolve around romance, so I’m not that diverse as well.

    I should try to be diverse in order to truly experience all the genres. This post gave me the food for thought.

  3. It is very easy when choosing books to go to the genre you feel most comfortable with, I know I’m guilty of that but I do think book blogging has widened my horizons a little, especially reading reviews of books that because of the genre would have been a ‘no-go’ for me. I think this is a great goal and worth picking something different inbetween your favourite genre reads so it doesn’t feel like a chore.

  4. I read a lot of different things because I have multiple blogs, but I still read mostly the genres that have been my favorites since I was young: mysteries, adventure stories, historical novels, and true crime.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2015/01/musing-mondays-jan-5-2015.html

  5. I think reading a diverse range of genres, characters, and themes is really important to be more well rounded as a reader, and I’m loving how we’re beginning to see more of that! I’m wanted to read Haruki’s books for a while now and I agree mixing in adult reads will probably help us be more diverse. Great discussion post Cyn!

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