I have read quite a wide range of diverse books but always keen to read more. One of the reasons why I enjoy reading diverse books instead of one genre or a genre I can identify with easily over and over again is that it provides you with a wider perspective of life. I have found the wider I read the more empathetic I become as a human being.
If you’re looking for a way to read more diversely I would recommend you jump on board the DiverseAThon train! It is a week long event where bookbloggers, booktubers, bookstagrammers (essentially any old book lover) essentially promote the need to read more diversely. The group read is The Underground Railroad which unfortunately I will not be able to get around to reading this week (poor timing my end!).
I will be discussing the following books on the blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (links below) this week in honour of promoting diversity within books:
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- Silence by Shusaku Endo
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
One of the themes for this week is to also read #ownvoices. This is a book which features a marginalised perspective written by an author who shares that same marginalised characteristic. For this aspect I am choosing to read Silence by Shusaku Endo. An author who understood conflict of faith having experienced it himself writes about that very issue in this powerful novel now adapted for the big screen.
If you are stuck for ideas on what to read this week can I suggest the following diverse books to give a go?
- Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie
- Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
- The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
What is your favourite diverse book? If you are participating in the DiverseAThon challenge let me know! Thank you to Julia at Read and Live Well for pointing me in the direction of this challenge!
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!