Let’s talk bookish: Diverse books

OCTOBER 23: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF “DIVERSE BOOKS”? (Rukky @ Eternity Books)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by other posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.

This year a lot of people have been using the term “diverse” books. Diverse books are reads which have characters different from the reader. It could also be translated from a different language. They could also deal with an unfamiliar belief, idea, culture etc. Somehow, as long as you don’t have enough knowledge about it, then it could be a diverse read.

Diverse reads would be different per person. A personal example is I am Asian so diverse reads for me would be books with Amazonian or Mexican culture in them. I would consider a book set in Spain about a Spanish main character diverse since I don’t have personal knowledge about the setting and the characters belief and culture. This is because I was not born in Spain and my beliefs could be different from them.

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Authors could make a book a diverse read too, most especially if they write about their culture. A diverse read which I could make an example of is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Yes I am Asian but not Korean. I am not knowledgeable about what happened during the Korean War. Before reading this, I could not understand the animosity between Japan, North Korea and South Korea. After, reading this book I became more understanding of the situation. Diverse books tend to make me think and become more emphatic. Even if it is fiction, it still has some facts which a decision could be based upon.

For me, diverse books are reads which challenge or inform a person’s knowledge in regards to belief, culture etc. It could also add to the knowledge which is known. I like reading diverse books because of this reason. Also, it could right a wrong perception. Books become diverse when the reader knows nothing about what it is talking about. This makes reading them a treat because I learn a lot. Diverse books feed curious minds and challenge what they already know.

To read something unfamiliar is fun. Diverse reads usually are in this category. It is sometimes a challenge but a need for better understanding of events etc. Diverse reads educate and makes the mind think. Also, it helps me make up my own decision with the facts that it gave me. I love reading diverse books because of this reason.

This is topic really made me think..

Question: What kind of diverse reads gravitate to you?

Thank you for reading and God Bless!

-R


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7 thoughts on “Let’s talk bookish: Diverse books

  1. “For me, diverse books are reads which challenge or inform a person’s knowledge in regards to belief, culture etc.” I really love this sentence. Diverse reads are so important because of this reason. It helps you learn about things you might never have even thought you needed to learn about!

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  2. You have a great point on how the meaning of “diverse” differs for other people. I also agree that diverse books can teach you new things and give you a different perspective than you would have had before. You learn so many things from one side growing up, and diverse reads give me a chance to see it from the opposing side’s point of view. Great post Rian!!

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