The New Little Sister

I have a confession to make, something that I took notice to recently.

When I was reviewing books, it turned out that I had only ended up posting books from White authors. That wasn’t intentional. The reviews I posted were few and far between because I was busy with school and making sure I graduated (I did).

I’m a pretty diverse reader. At least, I liked to think I was. But then I noticed that the reviews I had bothered to post every so often were predominantly White authors. The books on my Instagram are predominantly White. The books being discussed on my Twitter timeline are mostly White. And I’m over it.

It’s embarrassing to admit that it took the Black Lives Matter movement to wake me up, but it did. I’ve always been an advocate, an ally, a supporter of everyone different from myself. I took classes on diversity and different religions (even though I am not religious myself) and gender studies. And I always told others about those classes and how important they were to me.

So why was it possible that all of my feeds, and most of my bookshelves, are White? And not even just White, but also STRAIGHT?

That’s a question I don’t have an answer to right now, but I’m learning and I’m improving.

With that, I will end this quick post by providing an update: This blog is going through an obvious facelift. It’s going to take a little bit, because I’m moving to a new apartment in July and just started a new job in May that I’m loving (working remotely right now).

Not only is the blog going through a visual facelift, but I want to bring a new meaning to Little Sister. I want to bring diversity and inclusion for those who I consider myself an ally for and actively support on every platform I have.

I’m also no longer reviewing books. At all. Instead I’m going to start engaging with the texts I choose to read on a somewhat regular bases in writing, right here for you all to see. I’m not sure what that will look like quite yet, but the goal is to replicate a book club. I’ve never been a part of a book club before, though, so we’ll see how it goes.

What am I reading right now? “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. I’ve been in the mood for a memoir for a while now and this one seems interesting.

Oh, and my current job has required me to learn the ACTUAL importance of the headings when writing on the internet, especially for those using screen readers. I didn’t use any other headings in this post, but when I do I’m going to use them the right way from now on. I didn’t realize skipping headings was an accessibility issue.

Basically, I’m learning. And I know everyone always is. I want to encourage that and do better. So that’s what this blog is about from now on.

Fun book club reads and perhaps some extra life stuff I feel like talking about. We’ll keep it simple.

I’ll leave it here now and ask, finally, for some books recs. I want BIPOC authors, LGBTQ+ authors, fiction, nonfiction, all of it. Discussion, and therefore promotion, of Straight White authors is going to be rare from here on out.

x Hayden

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