Let’s Talk Bookish – Diversity in Books

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about diversity in books.

I think that diversity should be in all books because life is diverse. Everyone is different from each other, and that needs to be reflected in the published books.

What do you think is the meaning of diverse?

I thought I would start with the dictionary definition of diverse, which is: 

Including many different types of people or things

I think that diverse books include people and topics that are not widely published, including racial diversity, characters with different sexual orientations, and characters with disabilities. 

Who do you think is qualified to write a diverse book?

Everyone is qualified to write a diverse book, and diversity should be within every book. Every newly published book should include some form of diversity because everyone’s lives feature diversity, whether that is yourself or people you know. If it is possible, all forms of diversity should be on the pages so everyone can feel represented, it should never be a choice not to include diversity within a book.

What are some diverse topics/POVs that you specifically look for when finding books to read?

I try to make sure that there is diversity in all the books that I read because it is very important. I will try and find books that have all types of diversity in them. But I try to specifically look for books with disabled characters because they reflect me, but it can be a struggle to find them, especially characters with chronic illnesses like me.

How do you decide if a diverse topic/POV has been done well?

I try and judge all of the books that I read the same, but if a book doesn’t have any diversity, it will be represented in my ratings. When it comes to deciding whether a topic or POV has been done, I will look to the wider bookish community to listen to Own Voices reviewers as they have the most knowledge. For example, I feel like I can judge whether chronic illness has been represented well within the books that I read because I have my own experiences to judge against.

What do you think about diversity in books? Let me know in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Diversity in Books

  1. Hi Bex, I will agree and disagree with you statement of diversity in every book… Simply because, I’ve come across a lot of books recently, where authors are randomly adding, different race characters, LGBT etc, it turns out just a mess without sense and it’s all unnatural. Then again, I believe that there should be diversity to the certain extent, it should feel natural.
    So you don’t get me wrong, I will bring an example, imagine you’re reading some Nordic fantasy, about very distant place, would you not feel weird if people from all the places in the world would live there? Context is the key.

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    1. I completely agree with you, it needs to be done well and fully represent the people it is trying to reflect, and also feel natural. I would just love for there to be any type of representation in a book, and that it works in context with the story. Something I am passionate about is seeing more disability and mental health representation in books, and I feel that that definitely needs to be in more fantasy books.

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