Book Blogger Hop #12


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.

Do you read a lot of diverse or own voices books? Why or why not? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

I don’t read a lot of diverse books, and I know this. I won’t apologize for it like it is a bad thing and I am a bad reader. I have read some interesting things over the years that were diverse. I enjoyed some and I did not enjoy others. I read what I like and if that makes me narrow-minded, I don’t care.

9 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop #12

  1. I don’t think you should have to apologize for what you read or don’t read. I personally am trying to read more diversely–and I have my reasons–but that doesn’t give me the right to say another reader is doing it wrong because they aren’t doing the same. With so many books out there I want to read, most of which are not on the diverse spectrum, I sometimes feel like I’m not trying hard enough. And that’s not good either. It’s not a “should” sort of thing. You read what you like and if it is diverse, great, if not, that is great too.

    I used to work with someone who looked down on me because I prefer fiction to nonfiction–nonfiction readers are smarter, he said. Let’s not even get started on the romance genre and how snobbish readers can be towards those who prefer romance, for example. I do think there are benefits to reading diversely, but I also don’t think a person should be judged solely based on whether he or she reads diversely.

    I hope you have a great week, Charlie! I’m hoping to jump back into blogging again this week, but we’ll see.

    • Yes, that is how I feel! I am a typical genre reader (primarily romance and historical) and they don’t really lend themselves to diversity. I do sometimes feel like an awful reader for not reading somebody’s recent bestselling memoirs or this dramatic real-life story. I’m a horrible nonfiction reader. I hope you’ll have some time this week to blog!

  2. Good answer 🙂 You should read whatever you feel like, and if diverse books are not your thing, then there is nothing to apologize for.

  3. You do you. I suppose I only read diversely because I want to see myself reflected in the stories I read, in all my intersectional glory. And I want my students to be able to see themselves in what they read, as well as develop empathy and compassion for people who are different from them. I think that sometimes that’s hard to do living in a small, poor, border town with limited ability to travel.

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