I have been seeing a lot about diverse reading since I have entered the book blogosphere not too long ago. I think that this promotion is spot on we should be reading diversely, but what the heck does that mean? My concern that “reading diversely” really only applies to one culture or social group.
In my mind, it’s like this regular customer I had when I was a barista oh so long ago. He would never order the same thing twice. I was sitting outside one time as he was coming in and I was curious as to if he knew what he was going to order. I asked him and he answered he would know when he got to the counter. The irony that struck me in this man’s attempt to be unpredictable had by the same token come predictable. You knew he would always order something different.
So I’m curious if this diverse reading campaign will in itself become predictable and defeat the purpose of its existence by only focusing on a select few diverse groups. Personally I would love to see more Jewish characters. I don’t see too many of those…
What are your thoughts on diverse reading?