I think a lot about diversity. With #WeNeedDiverseBooks and tons of twitter accounts I follow just to be aware of diverse books, I want to read the most diverse books out there.
And after a twitter comment made by Justina Ireland (@
In fact, if I could ask all reviewers to do one thing in their reviews, it would be to analyze the diversity at the end of their stories.
— Justina Ireland (@tehawesomersace) May 6, 2015
I realize that I don’t have a separate spot in my reviews for diversity! I think about representation and diversity while reading, I make sure to point out that “hey, this book has a cool character in it!” at the beginning but I don’t take time to actually have a separate section to discuss the diversity or if this character was represented properly.
And I think this is a problem. I think about diversity, so why don’t I take a few sentences to describe it? (The reasons for this are unbeknownst to me but I am working to improve that!) Henceforth, I will be writing a few sentences about diversity in each of my reviews. It’s a small thing, but I feel that it’s Very Important.
(Also, I saw that Ashleigh @ The YA Kitten has a diversity rating scale at the start of every review, I love it!)
What do you think? Do you make a point to write about diversity in your reviews? Is it something you think about but don’t write it in your reviews, or it just comes naturally to you? Do you look out for diversity? Let me know!