I had the pleasure of spending a few hot hours at the vibrant, eclectic Read Local Book Festival yesterday. I chatted with local authors and publishers and took home more books than my shoulders appreciated carrying. It was wonderful!
The best thing was how it made me feel: Connected. Inspired. Positive.
After setting for myself the goal of reading more diverse books in 2015, I discovered Janet Ursel’s “We Read Diverse Books” challenge. Each month, Ursel posts a new challenge and January‘s was to “read at least one book (a novel, collection of short stories, or a memoir) about and by someone of a race different from yours.” Of the 4… Read more →
Author Natalia Sylvester‘s recent post about the lack of diversity in end-of-year book lists has inspired me. She asks readers to think about the books they’ve read in 2014 and challenges them to fill the diversity gaps they see with books they plan to read in 2015. That sent me running to Goodreads to check out the diversity of my recent reads. Before I get to my findings, though, let me just say a few (dozen) words about my take on diversity.