Apr 26 2019

We Need Diverse Books #WeNeedDiverseBooks #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an Author


We Need Diverse Books

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter W
is for We Need Diverse Books

Is the book your reviewing diverse? Are there diverse main characters? Does the author mention having a diverse identity?

Diverse: “The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.” — diversebooks.org

There are plenty of books that are great, but aren’t diverse. However, if someone is looking for a book with a certain diversity, and you’ve found one, your review might help.

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Question: What is your favorite diverse book?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge


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  1. I’ve had trouble with the concept of diversity because of my white MC background. How can I include more diverse characters with a true cultural background if I don’t feel what I’m talking about?
    I’m currently reading the biography of Michael Fuller, the first black head of London’s Metropolitan Police. I think he’d have trouble writing diversity, too. But I’m beginning to understand the issues a lot better. Very thought provoking. The review will be up in mid-late May I think.
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    • joy on April 26, 2019 at 4:54 PM
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    i can’t think of a diverse book at the moment. woops. 😮

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  2. I haven’t really thought about adding that there are diverse characters in a book. Probably because I live in a Rainbow Nation… Anyhow, Holly Black’s books usually have a LGBTQ side-kick for the female hero and in “The Darkest Part of the Forest” the love-interest is a POC. Did I do that PC? I’m just going on how books are categorised on Goodreads shelves…
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  3. I’ve leaned toward books with ‘diverse characters’ since I’ve been trying to write a book with queer MCs, one of whom has Tamil (South Indian) ancestry. In addition, the POV character is Welsh. I’m a WASP with a splash of Latino blood – that I’m proud of – so it’s been a learning process, even if I am disabled.

    I’ve reviewed a few ‘diverse books’ and I’ve just finished a book set in Ethiopia with native/POC characters – Black Dove, White Raven. One of my current reads – Kate Quinn’s The Huntress – has one MC that is diverse; not that I expected that but well-written.
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