Let’s Talk About Diverse Reading

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Diverse Reading! We see those words a lot in the book community. Diversity is an important word. But what does it mean in terms of reading? Let’s look at the word diversify itself. According to Merriam-Webster we are provided with the following:

diversify
verb |di·ver·si·fy |\də-ˈvər-sə-ˌfī, dī-\

transitive verb
1:  to make diverse or composed of unlike elements :  give variety to diversify a course of study
2:  to balance (an investment portfolio) defensively by dividing funds among securities (see security 3) of different industries or of different classes diversify your investments
3:  to increase the variety of the products of diversify the company

So What Does Diversity Mean to Me As A Reader?

For myself, it means variety that is all-encompassing. I made a personal pledge at the end of 2016 to “branch out” and become a more diversified reader. This meant I wanted to include a larger assortment of several key elements in the books I chose during 2017. These included, but were definitely not limited to:

  • Authors
  • Settings
  • Genres
  • Themes
  • Characters

I have made the decision to stop limiting myself and explore. I do not use the term in regards to just race, sexual orientation or religion.  I mean more of everything! Of course I plan on incorporating more titles that tackle those topics during my reading, but it is a much broader than that. It is about breaking free of the hold my favorite genres and authors have on me and not missing equally and possibly more gratifying books and opportunities. I want to jump out of the comfort zone!  I want to explore cultures, lands, people and all walks of life.

As I grow as a reader, I am happy to discover one thing!

I Want ToRead It All!

“Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.”
― R.L. Stine

So How Do I Plan On Becoming A More Diversified Reader?

I thought about this one for a while. What steps can I take to assure I actually do explore all that the world has to offers in terms of reading? I decided to make a list of ideas and set some of them into action.

I stopped taking review requests! Yes, you read that right. I realized that I was being held back by only having time to read ARCs and requested reviews. I have three bookcases full of random titles that obviously appealed to me at some point, and it is time to read them! Don’t get me wrong, I still love and plan to explore the many indie titles available. I just need to do so at a more liberated pace.

Utilizing my public library more! This is a favorite of mine because I will always be a big supporter of our libraries for many reasons ❤ How will this help me diversify? I am provided with an endless selection of titles by the widest variety of authors, and I am not limited by what my funds allow or the fear of spending on a book that is a risk. I do not feel held back! I am also constantly reading their articles online and browsing events to gain insight into subjects I might not have encountered otherwise!

Follow more bloggers! I love this community and it is ever-growing. With that, there is an endless resource to various genres, writers and more. I have made a personal goal to follow more bloggers who read outside of my preferred genres and interact with them! I am also following new and lesser known authors and writers.

A new feature! Most of you who visit the blog have seen the latest addition to my features: You Choose, I Read. I have decided to allow my friends and followers to submit selections that I will read. I will draw a new title at random from the entries after I complete each previous selection. This allows me to slowly incorporate new experiences while also still allowing time for my favorites. Plus it gives me a new way to continue to support and interact with you!

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So what does it mean to you? Is diversity important for you during your reading adventures? I want to know why it is or isn’t. Do you feel like you are a diversified reader? What steps do you take to explore more and step outside of your comfort zone? Maybe it comes naturally for you. Maybe you have to make a concerted effort like myself.

Let’s Talk About It!

Danielle ❤

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Winners of 4 Benny Neylon eBooks!

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Last week I have the privilege of sharing a very well-received and wonderful guest post by Benny Neylon about MGWS (Multiple-Genre Writer Syndrome) on A Nice Brew & Something New.  Benny also provided copies of all 4 of his current eBooks to five lucky winners. Today I am excited to announce the individuals who will be receiving those books!

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Liz @Cover to Cover

Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku

Jazz @ I swoon over fictional, non-human men

Laura H & Kathy W

I will be contacting you each very soon to verify your details so that Benny can send you your books! Check your inboxes 🙂

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I want to thank each of you for making the post and giveaway a huge success! A special thank you to Benny Neylon for the wonderful article on MGWS and experience!

Cheers!

Danielle ❤

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Goodreads Monday ~ Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

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Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

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Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace (The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady)
By Kate Summerscale
Published by: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN13: 9781608199136
Pages: 303
Genre: Historical/Biography

Synopsis:

“I think people marry far too much; it is such a lottery, and for a poor woman–bodily and morally the husband’s slave–a very doubtful happiness.” –Queen Victoria to her recently married daughter Vicky.

Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age 31 in 1844. Her first husband had died suddenly, leaving his estate to a son from a previous marriage, so she inherited nothing. A successful civil engineer, Henry moved them, by then with two sons, to Edinburgh’s elegant society in 1850. But Henry traveled often and was cold and remote when home, leaving Isabella to her fantasies.

No doubt thousands of Victorian women faced the same circumstances, but Isabella chose to record her innermost thoughts – and especially her infatuation with a married Dr. Edward Lane – in her diary. Over five years the entries mounted-passionate, sensual, suggestive.

One fateful day in 1858 Henry chanced on the diary and, broaching its privacy, read Isabella’s intimate entries. Aghast at his wife’s perceived infidelity, Henry petitioned for divorce on the grounds of adultery. Until that year, divorce had been illegal in England, the marital bond being a cornerstone of English life. Their trial would be a cause celebre, threatening the foundations of Victorian society with the specter of “a new and disturbing figure: a middle class wife who was restless, unhappy, avid for arousal. Her diary, read in court, was as explosive as Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, just published in France but considered too scandalous to be translated into English until the 1880s.

As she accomplished in her award-winning and bestselling “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher,” Kate Summerscale brilliantly recreates the Victorian world, chronicling in exquisite and compelling detail the life of Isabella Robinson, wherein the longings of a frustrated wife collided with a society clinging to rigid ideas about sanity, the boundaries of privacy, the institution of marriage, and female sexuality.

I cannot even recall how I stumbled upon this title several years ago, but it has sat ever so patiently up TBR shelf since. Have you read this or heard of it? I would love to hear some thoughts. What is on your TBR shelf that is catching your eye lately?

Happy Monday!

Danielle ❤

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