Let’s Talk Bookish: March 26th

Hewo!! Y’all know what today is. 🙂

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by me (Rukky@EternityBooks) and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.


PROMOTING DIVERSITY IN THE BOOK INDUSTRY (NICOLE @ THOUGHTS STAINED WITH INK)

How can we, as bloggers, promote diversity of all sorts in the book world?

By reviewing, praising, criticizing, and loving on the books that aren’t necessarily “trendy” yet still are SO GOOD!!!! Even though we only have a little corner of the media on our blog, people still see your content everyday. Sometimes just one person, sometimes 30, sometimes 1000. Yet, even the smallest thing can make a big change in someone’s future. Recommending a book to a blogger friend, though seemingly insignificant to the two conversing, can start a chain reaction resulting in that authors hard work being paid off.

What are some things you think publishers should do to promote diversity?

Create more unique rewards. It feels like every book now is a “New York’s Bestseller”. Oh, brother. Get a better line of praise! That is why I love more personal appraisals in the front of books.

Is there something a publisher or another blogger is doing right now that you think is a step in the right direction?

All the NetGalley books being reviewed makes me happy! Cause many of them are indie publishers/authors!

What are some things you do personally?

I review nearly every single book I read. I’m not paid currently for any of my reviews. They are all random books from the library who’s authors range from New York Bestsellers, to an 18-year-old indie publisher in Maryland. I try to promote every book I read to one end or another. I am honest with myself and the author’s work.

Also, as some of you probably know, I am constantly recommending certain books…sometimes to no end do I recommend books! Haha!


Well, that’s all for today! I hope y’all liked this discussinon.

What are your thoughts? What do y’all do to promote diverse books? Let me know in the comment section down below.

Thanks for reading! God bless!

Ciao.

Do not raise others up by putting yourself down.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: March 26th”

  1. I’ve talked about this on my blog a couple of times. Here’s the thing. I understand how important it is to push the publishing industry to publish more works by diverse authors. The problem for me is that it seems to me that the vast majority of today’s diverse authors don’t write in genres that I read (YA, Romance, Fantasy). Obviously, when I find a literary fiction book for adults by a diverse author that interests me, I’m obviously going to want to read and review it. By the way, I recently read an article where one author felt that this new highlight on diverse authors (which got her own book suddenly more popular) is kind of embarrassing to her. She said that black authors’ books shouldn’t be white readers’ magic cure for racism.

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    1. Oh, I agree…but for me it is whether the subject material makes it diverse rather than the author.
      When I talk about diverse books I am not strictly talking about diverse authors…and when I mention diverse authors I don’t mean only black authors…cause people seem to forget that there are other diversities. I mean, the book’s material. Diverse authors are great too…but in reality (I know this sounds horrible, but I don’t mean it to) but I care about the book more than the author. Ya know what I mean? Cause I feel more connected to the book than the author…ya know? 😉 So when someone says it is a diverse book, I have to follow up and ask what the book is about, and why it is a diverse book…not JUST, is the author African-American. Not saying that I don’t support all types of diverse authors, cause I literally said in my post, that I do.
      I think diverse authors take pride in their diversity and like to write in a genre that isn’t being flooded with new releases and material. I think why we can’t find diverse books by diverse authors in many popular genres today is because I think that they don’t want their book to be flooded out by other…not so diverse books. Which makes sense to me…do ya get me?
      Thanks for reading, Davida, and for sharing your thoughts! They are truly always welcome!

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      1. Yes. I think we’re on the same page, then. For example, I didn’t decide that Michael Ondaatje is my favorite author because he’s from Sri Lanca, but because of his writing. I didn’t fall in love with Patrick Gale’s work because he’s gay, but because his stories are so good. I didn’t become a fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work because she’s Cuban, but because she’s so creative with her writing.

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      2. Yes! Exactly! Great examples too. I mean, if we only read books that had authors we whole-heartedly liked, supported, and agreed with…we’d read a total of 20 books in our lifetime. Haha! Thanks for discussing this point, Davida!

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