If you’ve been here for a while you might remember that one of my bookish New Year Resolutions was to read more diverse. This is something I still really want to do, so today I’m looking at how good I did in the past six months.
I think the best way to do is to take a look at my stats. So first of all, up until now I’ve read a total of 45 books in 2017!
I might finish another book in June, but for now these are all the books I’ve read in 2017!
Regarding the author
When it comes to gender I think the main reason I read mostly female authors is that most YA is written by this gender. I normally don’t pay attention to the author at all, because in a way it makes the stories feel less real to know who created them. So when it comes to skin colour I want you to know I don’t actively choose to read so little by authors of colour. Actually, I didn’t even realise it until earlier today when I looked up photos of all the authors. This is definitely something I want to improve on.
Regarding the main character
I already knew I read more books with female protagonists than ones with male protagonists. I don’t think it is such a bad thing really. Most books I’m interested in have a female main character. When it comes to skin colour I definitely have to change my habits. I don’t read nearly enough books with non-white main characters. I didn’t realise how bad it was until today. Same thing goes for sexual orientation. I’m kind of disappointed in myself. As for disabilities, I looked it up and nearly one in five people has a disability. Those numbers match my reading so I think I’m okay as far as that goes.
Regarding the side characters
- books with side-characters in the LGBTQ+ spectrum: 11
- books with non-white side-characters: 19
- books with side characters with a disability : 1
I didn’t make diagrams for the side-characters, because I wasn’t sure if I should count how many side characters in each book or not. So above you can find the amount of books. I think I can improve.
Regarding the language
This doesn’t really have to do with diversity, but while I was making the diagrams I was curious to see how many books I read in each language I speak. So I decided to make another diagram, because why not? It turns out English and Dutch are almost the same with the odd French book thrown in there. I started out the year reading mainly in Dutch, but now I read almost all books in English.
So overall I don’t think I failed, because I chose to read some books solely because of the diversity (e.g. Wonder by R.J. Palacio). Still I can definitely improve a lot and I want to in the course of the next six months.
I hope you enjoyed this post. See you next time!