Inclusive reading in February 2017: 03/01/17
As the own voices piece of the book blogosphere is still contentious among readers and authors alike, I am sticking with the broader term of "inclusive." I am including in this umbrella term any author or book that realistically features characters who are not like me (white, middle class, able-bodied American). That means that some white middle class authors/books from other countries might get categorized here too. In this category I am also including lgbta+ narratives, ones that feature disabled characters, or stories of other marginalized people. My over all reading was down in January. A combination of two bad colds and then the worst seasonal allergies I've ever slowed down my reading. Percentage wise too, there is a dip from fifty-seven percent inclusive reading in January to forty-six percent. It's still though significantly higher then were it was a year ago where only a quarter of what I read was inclusive.
Reviewing of inclusive books also dipped, down to thirty-nine percent from forty-five percent, but is still up form last year's thirty percent. Looking ahead to planned reviews, I see roughly fifty percent of those currently scheduled being inclusive.