Welcome to week 3 of Nonfiction November. So far I’m having a blast reading some books that would never have crossed my radar, getting recommendations from the lists other fantastic bloggers are posting, and just becoming more generally aware of the reading habits that permeate my own life.
Becca from I’m Lost in Books is our host this week, and she’s asking us to think about diversity in nonfiction. This topic could be a bit tricky for me, as I read nonfiction only sporadically (and I’m fairly certain I usually don’t even bother to pick and choose based on author diversity or country of origin). But I’m going to do my best to answer the questions she posed.
What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background?
I think it can refer to any or all of the above. And more. So you could be talking books set in other countries, books about different cultures, books written by authors of color or from other countries, or books with characters that aren’t mainstream, such as gay characters or characters of color or characters with disabilities. Diversity is simply another word for differences. So any number of books could be said to have diversity, based on your own personal criteria.
What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction?
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction. But I love reading about ancient Egyptian culture – that’s probably one of my interests that has persisted the longest. I also have a thing for books about England and Ireland. I know, I’m probably not original at all. What can I say??
What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for?
Other European countries! I love watching those travel shows where the host will choose a city and highlight some of the best eats, shops, and touristy things about that area, throwing in some history along the way. But each of those shows only lasts between 30 minutes and an hour, so unless I watch a documentary about that place, I haven’t learned too much. So I would love to learn more about some of the countries that I’m fascinated with on the surface. Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain. Anything in Europe!