Let’s Talk Bookish: Diversity in Books

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic is Diversity in Books.


Note: POV stands for Point of View

What do you think is the meaning of diverse? Who do you think is qualified to write a diverse book?

What makes a book diverse is entirely subjective. It depends on each reader’s background and experiences, but personally, I count a book as diverse when atleast one of the central characters is BIPOC or LGBTQ+, if it includes representations of different religions and cultures, or if it discusses topics like mental health or disabilities. The question of who exactly is qualified to write a diverse book is a long standing debate that I’ve never been able to make up my mind about. But in my opinion, diverse books tend to work best when an author has some experience to draw upon, which is why I usually enjoy #ownvoices books so much.

How do you find diverse books to read?

Goodreads and social media mostly. The bookish community always has great recommendations, and though I’m usually wary of books that are overly hyped, I trust the hype when it comes to diverse and #ownvoices books.

What are some diverse topics/POVs that you specifically look for when you’re finding books and why? How do you decide if a diverse topic/POV is done well?

It might sound odd, but I don’t really have any specific topics that I look for, though I do enjoy learning more about different cultures. It’s also nice to see a book address more than one diverse topic. Apart from that, all I look for is that it is well written and appropriately portrayed. As long as diversity is not added solely for the purpose of diversity, but rather as a natural part of the story, I count it as well done.


What do you think makes a book diverse? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Diversity in Books

  1. Marta the Monogamist Reader March 19, 2021 / 4:13 am

    Diversity is so important and at the same time, it’s such a delicate topic in the book community. I feel whatever opinion you may have there will always be someone disagreeing with you or ready to judge you…

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  2. Lindsey March 19, 2021 / 4:34 am

    I totally agree on your definition of what makes a book diverse – I think I’d say the same about the representation from a variety of different backgrounds, whether that’s culture, religious, sexual… Really interesting read, thank you!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 21, 2021 / 7:21 pm

      Absolutely! Diverse books make for such interesting reads and there’s always something to learn from them.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 21, 2021 / 7:26 pm

      Agreed, token diversity can make a book feel really forced and take all the enjoyment out of it. Thanks for reading!

      Like

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