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Guest Post | Challenging My Reading Habits: My 2014 Diversity Pledge

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Towards the end of 2013 this video popped up in my Youtube recommendations. The title 'Discussion | Race, Gender & Reading Habits' by Booktuber Rincey Reads looked interesting and I decided to take a look. 

The discussion in the video, as the title suggests, revolves around her reading habits and diversity. She looked at her own book collection, both read and unread, and considered how many authors she reads that are of different genders and race. 

What she found was a surprising unintentional lack of diversity in her book collection and decides to challenge herself (and her viewers) to actively seek out books by 'people of colour' and consider diversity from now on. 

The video got me intrigued about my own reading habits, not just when it comes to diversity of authors but also of characters within the books themselves, in terms of gender, race, culture and also sexuality. The fact that I struggled to find books I wanted to include in my header photograph for this post is certainly telling. 

As a person of colour myself, I was a little ashamed that I read very little outside of the 'caucasian' author/lead protagonist bubble. Not that there's anything wrong with this but books do provide us a wonderful opportunity to learn about others, 'live other lives' and challenge our way of thinking.  

So I'm taking a stand. 

In 2014 I pledge to actively seek out more diverse books/authors and read them

This means more seeking out authors and books featuring people of different ethnicities, genders, sexualities, abilities, and considering more equal representation in my reading habits.

This doesn't mean ruling out the what I've been reading prior to this year as bad or never reading a book by a Caucasian author ever again. It does however mean being a bit more thoughtful when I'm meandering through the bookshelves at Waterstones or scrolling through GoodReads for books and authors that will give me a rounder view on the fictional world. 

A few links to help you if you want to join me on this pledge!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, both on here or on Twitter if you wanna chat!

2 comments

  1. What a great challenge. I'd love to do this to my own book collection to see how diverse my reading habits are too. A lovely article, and I'm definitely going to be reflecting on diversity next time I pick up a book :) x

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  2. This is a great pledge. I'm the same, definitely need to be more considered when I pick new authors, in the future. I know from past reading (mostly set by uni) that it can be so rewarding when you do.

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