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!

Diversity

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!

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106 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Diverse Reading

  1. Oh I’m so excited to have received the alert for this post! & it’s a fave topic of mine! *busts a move* I am loving the direction you are taking on the blog & your with your reading. You know I LOVE my diversity & am currently supporting the movement in YA. It is extremely important to me to read as diversely as possible. Just like you I have felt bound by arcs & commitments to those titles, this has led to me neglecting my own shelves. I currently read a ton of YA but that wasn’t always the case & I’d love to free myself from those limitations to get back to genre hopping; where I’m most happiest 😉 I really wish I had libraries around me that offered a good selection unfortunately, that just isn’t the case & the reality is bare shelves. NYC values their square foot & libraries are struggling to stay open. Wonderful post Danielle, can’t wait to take part in the next round of your new feature <3!

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    1. Thank you so much Lilly ❤ I consider you to be a very diverse reader. It is one of the many reasons I favor stopping at your blog. I know that you are going to review and provide insight into a variety of titles! I admire that 🙂

      Do your libraries happen to offer eBooks? Just a thought. We have a larger library down the road here, but they also offer a pretty impressive digital collection. I love it because I can borrow without ever leaving (good for those sick days).

      Also I do not think you do, but if you have a Kindle app, I can loan you titles 😉

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      1. Awww thanks Danielle! ☺️💕before Netgalley, I used Overdrive which is linked to my library card. So the way it works is that I choose a title and my local library contacts the main branch in Manhattan. I get a date for pick up since it needs to be picked up and dropped off at my branch. You know, since my library has empty shelves. I actually posted about this when I first started blogging g & threw in some pics of my pitiful library lol smh. I do have Kindle app &&&& for Mother’s Day, Gretchen got me a Kindle! 🤗🤗🤗

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          1. Yea she’s AMAZING!!! I do t go anywhere now w/out it lol 💜 Overdrive is pretty amazing but just like my physical shelves, they’ve been neglected. This is officially the year of the ARCS. 2018 will be “Read Whatever Lilly Wants to Read On A Whim Year”

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  2. Joining Rosie’s book review team broadened my reading horizons immensely. I’ve read genres and authors I would never have found and/or chosen otherwise. Seeing other book bloggers choices have also helped enormously. Good luck with diversifying 😉

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  3. My “happy genre” as it were, is crime. But I do occasionally diversify if I’m in the right mood. Mostly to YA or non-fiction. But even that has been a big step and has only been over the last year while I was doing another challenge. Not exactly good at other diverse reading, but I’m getting there.

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    1. I have been terrible at it! So I do understand. I always feel back to Fantasy and Horror. It has only been this year that I have really stepped out of my comfort zone and discovered more. I cannot believe I am enjoying nonfiction! It has always been a no go for me. But I guess it just takes finding those right books 🙂

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  4. This is a great post, and I completely agree. I tend to read the same kinds of books over and over again, and it’s easy to forget about the other titles out there. This is especially true when you are taking review requests. I haven’t read a title of my own selection since starting the blog back up. I like to read books with different settings outside of the U.S. I read a good one called Americanah which took place both in the U.S. and in Nigeria. I really enjoyed that one.

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    1. I think reading books in various locations is so important! If the author has done thorough research, we can learn a bit more about various cultures and lands we might never have been exposed to otherwise!

      It is definitely easy to find ourselves in a pattern when we blog and review. I think we all have our favorites and often neglect our own shelves. It is also easier to only accept requests for preferred genres because we don’t want to turn them down constantly. So it happens.

      I will be looking up Americanah. Thank you 🙂

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    1. Hats off to you for requesting diverse titles. I was always so hesitant to branch out when it comes to review titles. I think I felt it was safer to stay in my comfort zone because it lessened my chances of giving negative reviews 😉 I shut down my requests a few months ago but still have 4 or 5 titles to get through. Happy reading 🙂

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  5. Hi, Danielle.

    I hope that you are well. I had to leave a comment because of the R. L. Stine quote. Well, he was practically the only writer I used to read when I was very young. I was fond of Goosebumps. The very titles of the books stirred an atmosphere in the reader’s mind. Those were the days.

    Well, make good use of your library. Libraries are firmly entrenched in my heart. When I lived in Durban, I always went to the city’s central lending library, which was at City Hall. (I even volunteered there in 2010, shelving books and shelf-reading.) Well, Central Lending had all kinds of old books: almost all that I learned about prose and verse, I learned from the books of that library. What a wonderful library!

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    1. It is so great to hear from you!

      RL Stine was a huge one for me when I was younger as well 🙂 I blame Stine in part for my love of horror.

      I could not agree more about libraries. They are so important to communities. We should all utilize and support them. Too many of them are closing and losing funding 😦 They also hold a special place in my heart as they fueled my love for reading at a very young age.

      Thank you so much!

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  6. It is interesting to me, what you have said about Indie books. I only started reading Indie books last year and I find a much broader range of interesting topics and writing amongst the Indie books. Prior to that I pretty much only read classics as I found the modern mass published books so limited in there scope. An enjoyable post, Danielle, and one that definitely makes you think.

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    1. Thank you Robbie. I certainly want to explore indie books! I just need to learn to do so on my own so that I am thoroughly exploring them. When it was through review request, I was limiting myself to specific genres. I was not taking advantage of all they have to offer 🙂

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  7. Hooray for diversity, in life and in books!

    I think I’m a pretty diverse reader, though I’m sure there is room for inprovement. I definitely find that my public library system helps with that. I walk in, and they have several tables and shelves devoted to new releases of all kinds, and I usually find something interesting on them.

    Something I’ve been trying to do over the last year or two is to read more by authors from around the world. I was inpsired to do that aftee watching Ann Morgan’s TED Talk about how she spent a year reading work fron every country in the world. I’ve found some pretty amazing books because of it.

    While I can see how staying in a particular couple of genres might be comforting to people- you know your time and money probably won’t be wasted on something you end up disliking- but it feels a little stifling to me. I have a friend who mostly reads sci-fi/fantasy. When he reads the books I recommend to him outside that genre, he likes them. But when he goes to the bookstore again, he rarely strays from the sci-fi/fantasy section, and i often hear the refrain, “I can’t find anything interesting these days”. I want to kick him over to the other sections, but it can be hard to change the reading habits of a lifetime. So many kudos to you for trying new things!

    If you need any recommendations, just ask!

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    1. No friend kicking Kim 😛 But yes, I know what you mean! A year ago, I was found in the same aisles. Now I am upstairs..downstairs.. left.. right. I love it! I have been missing so much 🙂

      I think you are very diversified to be honest! At least from what you share. I am certainly not attacking anyone who isn’t or doesn’t want to branch out, but I just feel I was so “tunnel vision” with books, that I missed a lot!

      I will certainly remember you for recs 🙂

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  8. So, I tend to get obsessive and stick with the same types of books or Fanfiction. Lately I’ve been trying to branch out, I won’t let myself read another P&P variation until I’ve read something inbetween.
    Also I typically have 2 books going at once with different genres, it takes me longer to read them but it also helps me keep it different.

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  9. It sounds like you’ve some good ideas in achieving your goal of diversifying your reads 😀 Following more bloggers, particularly bloggers with different tastes, is a definite must. Half of the books I’ve read and enjoyed this year I wouldn’t have done so without the recommendations of other bloggers. I’d also recommend buying books from charity shops 🙂 They tend to have a limited selection because it’s a selection based on donations, but you can find some real, unexpected gems!

    Diversity is so, so important in reading. Reading allows us to escape but if we keep escaping to the same place over and over again, what’s the point? By diversifying our reads, we can learn so much more and expand our minds in ways they have never had the opportunity to be expanded before 😀

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  10. Really interesting post and I applaud you for tackling what can be a delicate subject so well.

    I admit I’m not a diverse reader (vilify me if you want people) and never will be. I like fantasy and that’s what I stick with, though I do have the occasional foray into post apocalyptic books which is a genre that I love and then the very occasional dabble in sci-fi, crime, historical fiction, etc, so I guess slightly diverse but it’s more a change/break is often good and I soon find myself back in the arms of a fantasy tome.

    I’m all for diversity in books but I sometimes feel that there’s a witch-hunt against those who don’t read ‘diverse’ books which to me is unfair, they shouldn’t try and take the moral ground and bad mouth people for just reading what they want which seems to happen quite a lot, we should all be able to read what we want and enjoy.

    I have read Conspiracy of Ravens and A Wake of Vultures both by Lila Bowen which are diverse western fantasy and I’d recommend diverse book lovers check out as both are great, so as to I said I’m not against diverse books but when I only manage 50 books per year, factor in the go to authors and series continuations and that doesn’t leave much room for extra books.

    I’m really pleased that you didn’t just class reading diversely as reading ‘diverse’ books with lesbian, gay, bi, transcharacters, minority voices, etc as while they are ‘diverse’ books reading diversely means reading various genres too, fantasy, crime, thriller, Y-A, sci-fi, historical fiction, romance, etc.

    Great post.

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    1. Thank Drew! I think it is perfectly fine to stick with what works if it works 🙂

      I see no reason for anyone to ever read anything other than what they want. We do enough of that in school, eh?

      I am sorry you have experienced negativity in regards to this. I have never personally encountered any ill remarks towards readers who choose to stay within specific genres thankfully. It would be ridiculous to attack readers for reading what they want. And besides, there is plenty of diversity to be found within fantasy 😉

      I do think that diversity should be all inclusive and not limited to specific guidelines. So I am glad you appreciated that aspect of the post 🙂

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      1. Yeah, or hell yeah to be more precise that diversity should be all inclusive and not restricted by guidelines!

        Sadly, yeah, there is negativity out there, I’d class it as hate at times with some of the stuff I’ve read about it. Though they are the people who class diverse as reading books by diverse authors with diverse characters and rant about white authors having a monopoly, blah blah blah and not that reading diversely means reading various genres too (which of course it should).

        It’s not readers who stay in a specific genre though that are attacked, or its not for staying in the genre it’s due to they should read diverse books in that genre, which is fine……if they want to read those books, doesn’t make you racist or hate diversity just because you choose to read what you want and you can see why I haven’t broached this topic on my blog!😂

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        1. I think that if you are not reading what you want, then why bother reading 🙂 It is a shame that it is pushed as something everyone must do. I think we all branch out when the time is right in our own way. And well, fantasy is epic. Hard to pull away from 😉

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  11. I love that you are doing this. Ironically I am being less diverse with my reading. I have always read anything and everything, I’ve also had a policy of making myself finish books even if I’m not enjoying them. Over tim I ended up having a huge period of time where I didn’t read at all. I call them my lost years! I have now pinpointed exactly what genres I get the most enjoyment from, and that’s where I focus my reading efforts and I do walk away from books I don’t enjoy now. I am open to books in other genres but they have to wow me in some way. I may go back to being more diverse again one day but for now I quite like my narrow view.

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    1. I love your approach! And yes to being able to put down titles that do not work! I have been the worst at forcing myself to finish. So I get that completely. I am making a more conscious effort to just DNF and move on. Why force it? The end result is never better 😉 I happen to like your choice in books!

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  12. Excellent post! Diverse reading is something I’ve been trying to do for the last couple of years and it has definitely helped me to discover books, genres and authors I would normally never have considered. I’m what you call a mood reader and diverse reading definitely makes it easier to always find something I’m in the mood for to read. Eclectic taste in books? Maybe, but it’s just so refreshing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

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      1. I guess my absolute favorite would be mystery/thrillers, since I always seem to go back to that genre… But I love a good historical fiction or fantasy read as well (among other favorite genres).

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  13. I love that you’re diversifying in more than the usual ‘read diverse’ ways. Diversity is about more than sexual orientation, religion and race.

    I feel like I read a variety of genre’s naturally, only because it’s hard for me to read the same genre back to back. I need to change it up. Though I will say that my tastes have changed from when I was younger. I loved long epic sweeping novels, but now I think the lack of time makes me prefer to stick with books no longer than 600 pages (and that’s pushing it.) I do wish I was more diverse in that I still read a lot of historical books, or dramatic books. (Like Gone Girl.) I feel like those are other genre’s I steer clear of now, choosing more fantasy and lighter themed books for the escape.

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    1. I think that I also tend to “avoid” some of the larger titles. With so much happening in real life, it is daunting to pick up heftier books. It feels so intimidating. I also seem to be drawn towards some of the lighter themes at time. I hope I can over come my fear of larger titles though, as I know I will miss some good reads for sure!

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  14. Sounds like a great plan! I do read diversely, I think, although I prefer to use the word ‘eclectically’ because ‘diversity’ seems to have become loaded with all kinds of meanings and subtexts recently. But although I read a wide variety of genres I still find myself slumping into my comfort zone and then complaining that I’m bored! Blogging has helped introduce me to lots of authors I probably wouldn’t have come across before. I hope you enjoy your reading adventures!

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    1. I feel you are a very diverse reader. One of the many reasons I enjoy your blog so well. I think we all fall back into those comfort zones from time to time. We are bound to have favorites 😉 I do agree that “eclectic” might be a safer term. Thank you so much!

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  15. *Brilliant* take on this!!! I think it’s so important to diversify our reading in every way 😀 And yes to all of these!! Personally, I decided to take on the challenge of trying to read books in genres I hadn’t explored before recently- I really feel like I’ve branched out since I started blogging into genres I never would have tried otherwise!! 😀

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    1. I think blogging has been a huge influence in my ability to expand my reading. We discover so much through one another. It is fantastic! In fact, I may not have consider how much I have been limiting myself had it not been for this community and blogs such as yours 🙂 Thank you!

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  16. What an honest piece Danielle. I am struggling to read these days, but I’m committed to publishing a book review on Thursday. I have never taken many requests from indie writers, not to say that I don’t review their work, but on my terms. Recently I have taken a few, so I understand what you mean by being bogged down. I read a remark from one author on one of my posts on Facebook wondering why anyone reviewed books that everyone reads. I like to read a variety of books, which includes best sellers and indie books. I guess that is my diversity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I think that variety really should include best sellers and indie. We should never count one or the other out! Sounds to me like you have winning formula 😉 The thing I love must about indie, is finding those hidden gems. There are definitely there. I am curious about the author’s comment on reviewing books that everyone reads. It seems to me like they are the best books to read sometimes for the sake of true conversation and book discussion 😉 Thank you so much!

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      1. I agree, the books that everyone reads builds community and a society. That’s why reading classics is so important. It gives people a common ground. Not only that, they are classics because they make you think or hit a nerve. If we don’t read excellent, proven books our writing does not improve. Of course, it can also be overwhelming because we get so impressed with someone’s writing that we think we can’t write that well. In my case, maybe I can’t, but it is worth it to raise the bar. 🙂

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  17. Great post! Part of why I’m loving the growth in independent publishing houses and good self published books is precisely this! There seems to be a lot of exciting and original novels out there these days that blend genres and play with “the rules” that is brilliant from a reader perspective. That’s also why I wrote Lost in Static in the way that I wrote it – I wanted to read books that played with structure and couldn’t find many. I’m also very impressed with your approach to your new reading regime – good luck and looking forward to seeing your recommendations as a result

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    1. Thank you so much Christina! I admit to be very “tunnel vision” with my reading up until this last year. It only takes a few out of the norm experiences to remind me that I am limiting myself if I don’t take the leap and branch out from time to time. Playing with the “rules’ , formatting, and varying perspectives are a great way to really expand the reading experience! I truly love when I crack a book and discover a unique formatting! Fun 🙂

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  18. Those are great goals! I think you could say I’m not really a diversified reader, it’s a good reflection of my life, holding on to the safe things ;-). Well it works for me and for the moment I’m still quite happy with the situation, but who knows I’ll feel really adventurous one day :-). I found it quite strange that people who read fantasy started to follow me but now I’m really happy that I follow a few of them back. Even when I don’t read the books, it still broadens my horizon in a way and I learn a lot about that genre. How would I ever have known what ACOTAR meant for instance ;-). I’m all for diversifying as long as it isn’t me 🙂 so I love your new category and I find it very exciting to see what you will read next!

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    1. Thank you so much Inge! And well, you know the saying “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. What works for you just works. There is no need to force something. I am sure I will certainly fall back into my fantasy books on and off for spells. I am such a mood reader, that you just never know 😛

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  19. I love this post so much!!! Usually, I’m intimidated by the word diversity because on Twitter, it raises many questions, answers, debates, and I don’t like drama. But I love the way you use the word to just branch out and your “no limits” rule. That’s all it should be! I love your new feature and I am sure it’ll be of great help to discover titles, and I admire you for closing to review requests, I think I’m addicted to being overwhelmed for now, it makes me not think of things I don’t want to worry about, haha!

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    1. Haha! I was addicted to be overwhelmed for a long time. I completely get it! I feel like sometimes the word “diversity” is almost limited to an extent by everyone trying to tell each other what it must include. Feels like it defeats the whole point to me. I tend to avoid it on twitter as well ❤

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  20. Finally had the chance to read this post and I love it… I all of the points in the action plan and it’s great you’ve made such a decision I think. I was mostly in fantasy genre last year and this year having started to read more thrillers and anything else at all- it’s just great! There’s so much great literature out there, it’s mind blowing! 🙂
    I haven’t been to the library in yonks and I can feel it starting to annoy me that I haven’t made time for it… but I think now that yet another of my beta read projects is finally coming to a close, I am totally ready to explore Netgalley more and buy those classics I want to read and reread the old favorites and just walk into the library and do an eeny-meeny-miny-moe (or however it’s written) 😀

    For example- I haven’t read a vampire book in ages and I got a recommendation from La La and I’m just itching to go for it.. also a YA title recommended by Stephanie the Teach! and Lot of Nobody! And- I should have a Goethe’s book in post kindly provided by a work colleague again… so I’m mega excited to just try stuff! 🙂

    I can’t wait to start seeing those revies where you’re just so excited that you branched out and found a gem… it may break my TBR pile but meh, YOLO! 😀

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    1. Haha! I love your enthusiasm 🙂 I have noticed you seem to be branching out a lot more. I have snagged some seriously exciting titles from your blog! Be careful with NetGalley haha.. it can spiral out of control! If vampires is your thing I have 2 recs to submit:
      Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice
      Let The Right One In by John Lindqvist
      My personal faves ❤
      I am looking forward to seeing what you have lined up! Yolo 🙂

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  21. Hi again Danielle, I publish a book review on Thursdays, but I love and identify with this post and I’d like to reblog it on my post, Always Write tomorrow. I know it’s too late to ask permission, but I will post only a portion of the article, and refer back to your site. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me @Marshaingrao. Thanks so much.

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  22. I’m excited that you’re not limiting reviews to ARCs/review requests.
    I didn’t get around to submitting an entry to You Choose, I Read but I hope to next time.

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  23. Maaaaan, you have no idea how happy I am to read “I do not use the term in regards to just race, sexual orientation or religion.” This whole more “diversity” in books has been everywhere in the blogosphere over the couple of years and, at some point, it was almost impossible to not go through your feed without seeing someone talk about the “need” of more diversity in books nowadays. I feel like authors and publishers have made huge progress in promoting this idea, and I feel like people just need to dig to find them. Of course, those “mainstream” books and authors will always take the spotlight a lot easier than others, but diversity is everywhere! We just need to look for them! I also.. aren’t a big advocate of including more “race, sexual orientation or religion” for the sake of diversity. The inclusion of diversity in those terms should be relevant and discrete! What I love most about this book is YOUR definition of diversity and how it extends beyond just those 3 buzz terms. Since I consider myself fairly “new” to the literary world, I always go after those “big hits” and “classics” in any genre so that I can tick them off my checklist of books to read in my life. It’s hard for me to just tell myself: “All right, let’s go pick up that one book that sounds crazy good but that is likely to have never been read by anyone in my entourage.” I know there will come a time in my life where I’ll be able to say that, but right now, I just want to read books for which I know there might be others who’s read it just so I can share the love they have for a book/author with them! There’s nothing more awesome than, for example, reading Stephen King’s IT and then fanboying with Danielle (once we’re both done with it). 😛 Love the post and love the strategies you’re going to put in place to make your reading life much more DIVERSE! 😀

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    1. Your feedback on this means so much to me! I am thrilled to see that my thoughts on not limiting diversity to “race, religion and sexual orientation” is being well received. I was honestly nervous that it might hit a nerve with some. But I feel too often, we are actually limiting diversity and taking away from it by simply only relating it to those three areas (I hope that sentence makes sense haha).

      I certainly can relate to wanting to read what others are reading. Half of the fun is sharing our passion with others. That is why buddy reading and book clubs are so fantastic. Well, except for me. I am terrible with them haha. But I certainly cannot wait to fangirl with you over King’s “It”. Just give me some time haha 😛

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    1. Thanks La La! I definitely feel that all of that is an important part of diversified reading. I feel sometimes that being able to step away from our “go to” genres can certainly help us discover more diverse titles than we might otherwise. It is an inclusive experience for myself that ranges from the content to even exploring various authors and cultures. One of the many reasons I enjoy your blog is because you feature many diverse titles 🙂

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  24. Loved this post Danielle! I think it’s great you have decided to branch out and mix things up a bit.

    Diversifying my reading was actually a big goal of mine for 2016. Before, I primarily read historical fiction and literary fiction, but now I’m reading fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, some contemporary, etc. etc. Not only am I read many more different genres, but I am also not limiting myself to adult books. I’ve also been enjoying many YA and Middle Grade books as well! This little journey of mine actually rekindled my love for MG that I discovered as a child. I have accomplished this goal was by following all types of book bloggers and seeing what everyone else was reading & participating in a book club in real life. Book clubs online are great, but participating in one in real life holds you a little more accountable in my opinion.

    Diversifying my reading has also meant that I am trying to read books by and about people that differ from me. People of different races, religions, sexual orientations, people with disabilities (physical and mental), etc. etc. Again following diverse book bloggers has been a key element in this goal. I’ve learned so much!

    I’ve read so many different books this past year and a half, and I couldn’t be happier!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! It seems like you have it dialed at this point. I think overcoming my fear of MG books is a huge one for me. I cannot seem to do so. But I think I just need to explore more. I did decide not to give up on YA though. I realized I was being silly by limiting myself due to a few bad experiences. Do you have any MG recommendations?

      I couldn’t agree more about following diverse book bloggers! Such a great way to make new discoveries and learn ❤ I think this is why my WP feed is drowning haha. It has actually refused to scroll back through all of the missed posts lately. Oops.

      I am not big on book clubs like I should be. I have a few friends I share with and Debby and I try to buddy read. Perhaps if leaving the house were an option, then I might actually enjoy participating in a real life club as opposed to an online setting? Maybe that will be doable in my future ❤

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      1. How about I recommend MG books that are super quick reads? Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson and Inside Out & Back Again by Thannha Lai are both beautiful MG books told in verse! I don’t typically even read poetry, but these books are wonderful. And can be read in a few short hours.

        Some other MG books I you may like: George by Alex Gino, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, & A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness…

        I know that online books clubs are your best option, at least for now, but when you are able, I highly recommend in person book clubs! Such a different dynamic and feel then online book clubs.

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