FIRST THINGS FIRST: PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS for linking to your review post below to ensure that the links are clear for all posterity! As the event is in process, there is no longer a sign-up post for you to participate - just link directly to the post. Thank you :-)
Hooray! #Diversiverse is HERE! Two weeks of gloriously diverse reading suggestions for you and all your friends, all so that we can work to make our world a more understanding, caring, and amazing place to live.
Truly, I cannot properly express my amazement at the excitement and participation levels for this event. OVER 100 PEOPLE have signed up! That is astonishing! Thank you to everyone (and I think there are more people than I even know!) who have posted about, Tumblr'd about, tweeted about, BookTubed about, and linked to #Diversiverse. We could have over 100 reviews linked to this post by the end of September. I cannot wait to read all of them :-)
Shall I give my spiel again on why reading diversely is so important? I suppose at this point, I'm preaching to the choir, but let me just step on the soapbox one more time very quickly:
Reading diversely is important because we live in a global world. Period. If you read books only by white authors, you are limiting yourself to less than 30% of the world's experience of race and culture. If you read books only by Christian authors, you are limiting yourself to only about 33% of the world's experience of theology. If you read books only by authors in developed countries, you are limiting yourself to a very privileged view of what the world has to offer you. If you read books that focus only on Western thought, history, and philosophy, you are missing out on many rich and varied traditions and worldviews that have informed and continue to enrich the way we view the world today.
I think that sums it up as well as I can.
Many people are nervous about reading diversely because they think it will limit their reading choices. I would like to emphasize one more time:
Reading diversely may require you to change your book-finding habits. It ABSOLUTELY does not require you to change your book reading habits.
As the link list below becomes populated with reviews of books across multiple genres, by authors from a plethora of backgrounds, I hope that this point will be proven over and over. Authors all over the world write romance novels, historical fiction, social science, folktales, memoirs, poetry - everything. You just may need to look a little bit harder to find them. But luckily for you, there's the #diversiverse link-up post below. Browse at your leisure, add dozens of books to your TBR pile, and enjoy!
Thank you! And thank you SO MUCH for participating. Let's flood the digital world with reviews!
When you add your link below (and PLEASE link to the permalink for the specific #diversiverse post, not just your blog's main home page), please use the following format to make searching the list easy for future perusers:
Blog Name - Book Title, Author Name
(ex. Booklust - The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henriquez)