I’m sure my fellow bloggers will agree that one of the most wonderful things about blogging about books is that you discover new worlds and authors every day. But even if you’re immersed in the world of books, it’s easy to continue with blinders on. Whenever I catch myself thinking that I read widely, I give myself a thorough shake. I don’t. I try (sometimes), but mostly I stick to familiar categories, authors, and suggestions by a few select reading friends. That’s why I was so glad to see that Aarti at Book Lust is hosting A More Diverse Universe (#diversiverse for short) challenge for the last two weeks in September.
So what’s all this about then? The challenge:
- • Read and review one book
- • Written by a person of color
- • During the last two weeks of September (September 14th - 27th)
It’s so simple. It’s simple, unless you (like me) don’t pay much attention to authors while reading unless they’re FAMOUS (imagine that all in lights!). And I should be paying attention to the authors I’m reading, because, to quote Aarti, “[T]he media we consume does not accurately reflect the diversity of our society. And books are such a massive part of the media we consume that we should demand and fight for those that do represent minorities and those that do present the world from a different perspective than the one we are used to.” Basically, I know I should be doing better, I should be finding new voices and broadening my horizons, and this is my chance to begin. I’m also excited (as always) to find that new story or character that will change my life.