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Welcome back my fellow Armchair BEA participants! On a side note, I am not enjoying the event like I would have liked to, because I've been having time issues these days. I really really wanted to visit all the blogs involved, to read all the guest posts, etc. - but I barely have the time to peek in. ABEA caught me at a bad moment :(. Anyway...here goes my post for today.
In a sense, my reading always transports me beyond the borders. As an international YA blogger, I read books that - beside being written in a different language than mine - explore realities or places I've never experimented/seen firsthand. Not to mention, realities or places that never were, and probably never will be. Also, I'm a straight female who likes to read GLBTQ+ books (see my post here)...and I'm glad they've got well past the stage of a casual, almost shy presence in the YA book market. Lately, though, I've been made aware of a problem with a lot of YA novels, something I'd never really noticed before...the vast majority of them feature white individuals, and very often the diverse shades of skin, reality and experience - so to speak - are represented by secondary characters...if at all. This trend is slightly changing right while I'm writing this, though. There's an increasing awareness of this issue on the readers' part, and an increasing demand of diverse reads. Maybe because of this very reason, more and more non-white writers are making a breaktrough. And we all are going to benefit from this change :).
I'll leave you with a few links to blogs or sites that can help you expand your bookish horizons...including a link to a site dedicated to disability in YA books (another taboo theme...). In strictly alphabetical order...
Happy diverse reading! :)
Footnote: I've been noticing an increasing number of blogs that only allow comments from Google+ users. I don't have a Google+ profile, so please keep in mind that I won't be able to comment back on your page in that case. Sorry!