Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Billy at Coffee Addicted Writer. Hop on over there for more information about these questions. Here’s today’s question:
Do you read a lot of diverse or own voices books? Why or why not? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)
tl;dr response: Yes, because I think it’s important.
Long Answer: I read diversely for a few reasons. First, I am at the intersection of a number of identities (black American, queer, in an interracial relationship, to name a few). Just like anyone, I’m sure, I want to see my identities reflected in the novels I read. Most of the time, anymore, reading diversely isn’t a conscious decision. It’s an, “I want to read a book about this aspect of my identity,” kind of decision.
Really, it is unfortunate that reading representations of my lived experiences is considered reading diversely. I could go on about why, but I won’t right now.
I also read diversely because I know that there are more experiences in this world than just mine, and I want to imagine people complexly, which is hard. I like the reminder that I’m not the center of the universe, you know?
Additionally, because I teach on the US/Mexico border, many of my students identify as Mexican, Mexican-American, Hispanic and/or Latinx. It is important for me, in building relationships with them, to recommend books that both celebrate their cultural identity and heritage, and help them broaden their experiences.
What about you? Do you make a point to read diversely?