Hello everyone! I recently came across the ‘Diversity Spotlight Thursday’ meme, which is hosted by Aimal! Every week, you have to come up with one book in each of the following three categories:
- a diverse book you have read and enjoyed;
- a diverse book that has already been released but you have not read;
- a diverse book that has not yet been released.
I don’t know whether I will be able to do this every week, but I still wanted to join nonetheless! Diversity is important to me. I definitely choose to read books which feature diversity and it bothers me when authors don’t do the effort to include any. I’m a part of the LGBTQ community, so I obviously like to read about people like me. But I also like to read about people of all colors, faiths… since I think literature should represent our world (and yes, even fantasies – there is no excuse for no representation there either).
Because I am so passionate about this, I chose to discuss diversity (and serious topics such as trauma) in Young Adult literature and how I can incorporate them in my classroom for my thesis.
I know ‘own voices’ are very important, and I will try to read more of those. Unfortunately, I think most of the books featuring diversity that I have read so far, were written by ‘privileged’ people (white and straight authors). Enjoying their stories is completely okay and I do too, but we must not forget the importance of ‘own voices’. I’m afraid I won’t be able to include them each week, but I do plan on changing that.
Anyway, let’s get started! This is my very first ‘Diversity Spotlight Thursday’ list: