The bookish community has undergone several changes in the past few years and one of the most important steps in the right direction is the push to publish more diverse books. Readers have been clamouring for more stories that represent the world as it is today with all its diverse glory. However, there is still a lot of work to be done here, which is what articles like the one on The Guardian that states only 1% of UK’s children’s books have BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) main characters show. With social media, it has become easier for publishers to gauge what their audience wants and yet we continue to see little to no improvement in the state of things. While there are multiple reasons why the status quo isn’t changing at the rate it’s supposed to, today I want to bring up one of the issues that is rarely addressed when it comes to diverse books and publishing.
Can you believe how fast December is flying by? I feel like it started just yesterday and yet here I am talking about my plans for 2019! I had a bit of a struggle as to what to write in this post because it mainly functions as an announcement for two very exciting things that I’m officially launching in 2019. Talking about what I want to accomplish next year struck me as the logical extension of the core idea and hence the lengthy, weird title. Without further ado, let me go through my five main goals for Unputdownable Books that will give you an insight into what kind of content to expect next year. The announcements are the end and you can scroll to the bottom if you’re especially interested in that.
As I’ve mentioned in my September wrap-up post, the blog has hit 500 followers recently, for which I’m again deeply grateful. I couldn’t have done it without the support of this wonderful bookish community I’m proud to be a part of. As a thank you to all the wonderful people who support me, I wanted to do a blog post on any one aspect of book blogging that would be helpful for all book bloggers out there. I did a quick Twitter poll regarding this and the most wanted topic was how to grow your blog. While I was initially considering it, I don’t think I’m the best person to talk about this. I feel like there are other things I have better experience with and the first thing that popped into my mind was on how to maintain a balance between blogging and other things in life. I want to quickly mention that I will be tailoring my advice for book bloggers, but all bloggers who do it as a hobby can probably take away something from this. Also, if you find this to be helpful, please let me know in the comments if you want me to make this a recurring series, and if yes, what topics you’d like to see in the future. With that out of the way, let’s jump straight in!
If you’ve been following me for a while, it will come as no surprise to you that I rate books no less than 3 stars. It’s a decision I came to when I started my book blog and I’ve stuck to it till this day. It’s quite complicated to explain it to others because a lot of reviewers are more critical than I am. I do appreciate people who have the skill to tear apart a book and explain why they hated it so much along with quotes to support their views. I really enjoy seeing people so passionate about books that their reviews turn into rants sometimes. My favourite blogger of all time, Cait @ Paper Fury, writes the most humorous reviews I’ve ever read even though she might rate the book 1-2 stars. In this post I want to explain my process and why I personally prefer to write mostly positive reviews.
I’ve been contemplating this for a while and what better time to talk about this than when the Indian Lit Readthon (hosted by me and 3 more blogging friends, if you didn’t know) is going on? This might be more applicable to international/non-English readers but I hope everyone can take away something from this. If I take a look at my ‘Read’ shelf on Goodreads, it is abundantly clear that my reading is almost 99% books written by non-Indian authors. While I have been trying to read diversely from last year, I haven’t actively reached for books published in my own country. In this post, I’d like to outline some reasons as to why and talk about my relationship with Indian literature.