Book Blogger Hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to discover and follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend bloggers, and gain followers. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday where there will be a weekly prompt following a bookish question.
Do you read a lot of diverse or own voices books? Why or why not?
The only set plan I had this year (besides my Goodreads goal) was to read more diverse books. And I have been, but not just because they're diverse. The books I have been reading this year I have been really into because of the content. I think especially with what is currently going on in the world it is important to read experiences that are not our own. I think reading experiences that aren't always our own is a great way to fight any prejudices or misconceptions because it puts you in the shoes of the character and you get to see the world we all live in through another person's eyes. Own voices books are a great way to get into diverse books because you're supporting diverse authors. Diverse books could mean characters that are a minority. Whether it be a character who is not able bodied, a person of color, anyone on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, a victim of any mental illnesses, etc.
I don't normally suggest books in these posts, but I am going to suggest a handful of books below for anyone who is interested in reading more diversely but doesn't know where to start. I am going to list a few of my favorites that I've read this year. You can click on the title of each book to go to its Goodreads page or click my review and read what I thought about each of the books. Other than the books I link below, the Goodreads list and the hashtag #ownvoices on twitter are two other great ways to find diverse books.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (my review)
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (my review)
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (my review)
Ash by Melinda Lo (my review)
George by Alex Gino (my review)
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (my review)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (I didn't read Ari and Dante this year so I don't have a review but I can't talk about diverse books without mentioning one of my favorites.)