Hey everyone! I am back today with another installment with Classic Fridays. If you don’t know what Classic Fridays is, here is the page on my blog where you can get more information on it: Classic Fridays. A quick rundown of the project is that this is a weekly meme and anyone can join us in it!
This week is all about my opinion on Diverse Books.
What’s your definition of a diverse book?
My definition of diverse books is pretty vague. To me, it’s not so much diverse book, but the need for diversity in the book community. I think that each person should be able to find a book they can connect with, that they feel represents them. It’s a lot, but as a kid growing up and not being able to find books about my culture or ethnicity, or etc… I feel that this is super important.
What should a diverse book include/not include? Why or why not?
In a diverse book, it is definitely important to me that it doesn’t represent the diversity in a negative way, especially with ethnicity, culture, sexuality. The last thing you want is to use stereotype and give the reader the wrong idea.
Is your current read diverse?
Oh my god, this is such a hard question, especially because I’ve been reading so much lately and I’m currently in between books. But aside from my current one, a diverse book is definitely Summer of Sloane, just because of all the culture with Sloane and in Hawaii.
In what way is your book diverse?
Again, I just love reading a good book with characters I can connect with, and feel like my culture is being represented in books.
Do you think there is enough diversity in books published nowadays?
If you asked me this question 3, or even 2 years ago, I would’ve said no. But with the publishing world growing so fast, we are definitely making progress, and I would love to see it expand even more in the future.
In what way do you think the book community has grown to accept and promote diverse books?
There are now websites and blog and social media accounts dedicated to promoting diverse reads and I just think that in such a short amount of time, diverse books have reached such a wide audience and continues to reach more and more people.
What are some of your favorite diverse books? (Optional Bookstagram prompt)
Some are To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, a couple of memoirs I read a while back, and as mentioned before, Summer of Sloane.
Why do you think it’s important for there to be diverse books?
I feel that it’s important for younger readers especially to read more diverse book, because they are at the age where they take in everything, and don’t have previous ideas of stereotypes.
When did you start enjoying more books that are diverse?
Coming from an asian heritage, it’s been hard for me growing up find books that felt like represented me but over the years, I’ve found more and so it’s not so much an exact time as a gradual process.
Explain your perfect scenario/plot of a diverse book that you wish would be written.
Ahhh there’s so many that I was would be written. I don’t want this post to get extremely long so I’ll have that in a separate blog post sometime in the future :)
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