Hello my dearest friends.
I feel like the last few weeks have been rough. With the election results and all the subsequent events that have followed, there has been such an oppressive atmosphere of anger, fear, grief, and confusion – and justifiably so. I’m not in the US, but for the last few weeks, I’ve felt so much fear and worry for all my friends there. My time lately has involved quite a bit of self-care and checking up on my friends who have been affected – some afar and some closer to home. We live in such uncertain times. And I want all of you to know that I am always here for you – email me or DM me on Twitter if you ever need to talk. ❤
I have done a lot of reflection over the last few weeks. I have asked myself what I, as an individual, can do. And I’ve come to this: I may not be able to do a lot of things, but I can do small, little things to help create a safe and inclusive space that is welcoming to everyone that visits and interacts with my blog. I value you as individuals and fellow readers, I value your sense of safety. I care, and I will care always.
And so, as a diverse book blogger, I want to make some promises to you.
1. My blog will be a safe space for people of all marginalized identities.
I want to make this one of my highest priorities. With what is currently out there, I want to ensure that my blog is a safe space for everyone, especially to my friends with marginalized identities.
2. I will read more diverse books.
With all the hateful and hurtful rhetoric going on lately, we need diversity in books more than ever. For me, reading diverse books is a form of resistance. I will continue to read books that explore a variety of identities, cultures, and ideas beyond my own experiences. I will continue to support authors of marginalized identities. I will continue to read their stories. I will continue to learn and empathize. I will continue to share them and amplify these voices.
3. I will promote and celebrate more diverse books.
Not only do I want to read books with protagonists with marginalized identities and read about them kicking butt and defeating monsters, but I want to promote them and celebrate them too. I still have 30 book reviews on queue (books I read earlier in the year, before my bigger dedication to diversity), but once I publish all of them, I want my blog to be filled with reviews and discussions about diverse books.
4. I will promote and celebrate more #ownvoices books.
I want to help my readers find books that they can relate to – books that they can make emotional connections with and books that validate their experience. #Ownvoices books are so special and so important, and I want these books to be read, heard, and talked about.
5. I will make diversity more accessible on my blog.
I’ve added a new link to my navigation, Diversity 🌈. The purpose of that page is to make all things that celebrate diversity on my blog accessible and easy to find for all visitors. Therein, you’ll find book recommendations, links to features and discussions that highlight diversity, and other bloggers that commit to reading diversely.
To make #5, make diversity more accessible on my blog, I asked the good folk of Twitter to help me out with some diverse book recommendation posts and the response was amazing. Thank you to everyone who sent me links! All of my recommendations are now found in the Diversity page.
If you would like your blog post featured on my page, I’d be more than happy to add your link to the page. Just reply in the below with your links, and if all is well, I’ll add them to the page!
However, I do have some requirements:
- It must be a blog post that has all the recommendations in one blog post.
- I won’t be linking weekly features or reviews of diverse books, though tags/awards/lists (with 5+ recommendations) are okay.
I want to be a better book blogger and I want to do better at promoting diverse books. I took a brief hiatus following November 9th, but now I’m back. December will be an exciting month for my blog – or at least, I want it to be! – and I have big plans for 2017. Until next time, friends, take care and have a wonderful day. 💛