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:
verb |di·ver·si·fy |\də-ˈvər-sə-ˌfī, dī-\
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:
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!
“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!
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!