About the Blog
This is a blog about Diversifying Perspective through reading fiction books written by and about persons of traditionally marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities, persons of color, persons of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, etc. I am particularly interested in reviewing books which address intersectionality. This blog also reviews nonfiction books which address issues afflicting persons of traditionally marginalized groups, preferably written by persons of said groups, or nonfiction books which provide non-American perspectives, but prefers books which present non-Western culture perspectives and are written by people of those cultures. I am open to reviewing all genres as my goal is for this blog to be as diverse as possible while highlighting authors of traditionally marginalized groups.
This blog not only reviews books written by and about persons of traditionally marginalized groups, but it also reflects on those books. It reflects on how reading those perspectives impacts the reader. It reflects on subjects discussed in the book, particularly around intersectionality. It reflects on the universality of theories. This blog goes beyond reviewing books and looks at the way books impact our views of the world and argues that representation matters, not only to the people they represent but also to the people they do not represent. This blog encourages respectful debate and reflection on how books change us and the world.
In order to diversify one’s perspective, one must be willing to change on many levels and simply reading books by and about people of traditionally marginalized groups may not be enough. For example, shame about one’s own racism and white privilege may limit one’s ability to fully embrace a new perspective, especially if is rubs against this shame. Thus, this blog also focuses on books which provide the tools for personal growth and move one closer to being a fully tolerant, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic ally.
Why are you Focusing on Representation on the Blog?
A few years ago, a friend created a secret Facebook group called Reading in Color where members posted short reviews and recommendations of books written by people of color. It changed my reading habits forever. Once I became exposed to books written by people with different experiences and perspectives of my own, I started to see and feel the world differently. I was hooked and ever since, I have made a conscious effort to read less books written by straight, white, older, American males. I still have much to learn and hold myself responsible for understanding how my privilege impacts my perspectives and behaviors as I strive to be an ally. I will make mistakes and I will overlook my privilege. The goal of this blog is not to be perfect, but rather to listen and learn from persons from traditionally marginalized groups willing to speak about those experiences and use that to grow into a better ally through reflection and dialogue. It is on me to examine my own blinders and to grow from it. I ask readers to do the same. It is not on persons from traditionally marginalized groups to educate the majority, but rather it is on the majority to listen and grow and ultimately change the balance of privilege. Reading books by and about persons of traditionally marginalized groups is one way to do just that.
Maygin (the human) reads and Nica (the pup) plays. Book lover, dog lover, crocheter, and gardener who sometimes combines these loves.
I am a white, homosexual, bi/panromantic, disabled, cis, American woman who has always loved reading. I memorized my first book at age 2 and have not stopped reading since. I have been reading every night before bed for many years now, but recently started reading throughout the day every day. I simply cannot read enough. I read mostly literary fiction as I love a well-written, well-described, moving book that touches me deeply.
My favorite authors include Haruki Murakami, N.K. Jemisin, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Octavia Butler, Ruth Ozeki, Nancy Horan, and Wally Lamb. Some of my favorite books are Wicked, The Bell Jar, The Awakening, Crime and Punishment, The Garden of Eden, War for the Oaks, and most of the books written by my favorite authors. You can see an incomplete list of my favorite books on Goodreads.
I also enjoy crocheting, gardening, playing the Sims, watching PBS, all things purple, and snuggling my pup and nephew. You’ll often find me at my favorite library, at my favorite used book shop, in my garden, on my recliner reading, or with my nephew. My greatest fear is not being able to read all the books I want to before I die.
Maygin is a pseudonym.
What do you Read?
If you follow me, Maygin Reads, on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+ and/ or Listy, you will see that I read more books than the ones I review here. If you want to see all the reviews I have written or all the books I have read in the last few years, definitely check out Goodreads as it is the most comprehensive. This blog is specifically focused on books by and about persons from traditionally marginalized groups for reasons discussed above and thus the reviews on this blog are not comprehensive. My goal is for at least 50% of the books I read be books which are reviewed and reflected on on this site. While this is my personal goal, I do not claim it to be the ideal goal for everyone. I do, however; encourage everyone to make a conscious effort to read a bit more diversely, whatever that means for you.
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