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Armchair BEA 2016 | Intro & Diversity

Hey guys!

This is my first time doing ABEA and ohmygosh I’m so excited! First off, let’s get the introduction over with!

Group 1

1. What is the name you prefer to use?

Hello peeps! My name is Lila!


2. How long have you been a book blogger?

I began my bookish edits blog, Inspired by Books, blog back in 2014. I started my Tumblr for The Bookkeeper’s Secrets in early 2015, and then moved The Bookkeeper’s Secrets to WordPress in December, 2015!


3. Have you participated in ABEA before?

Nope! I’m a total newb!

Group 2

1. If you could recommend one book blogger, who would it be and why?

I would definitely recommend checking out Cait at Paper Fury! She’s so unique and bubbly and enthusiastic. You can really tell how much she loves books and blogging and her passion just totally draws you in! I look up to her so much!


2. If you could create a playlist that reflects your bookshelf, what would be the first song you choose? (You can include more than one if you want)

Oh! I’d probably choose “Castle” by Halsey, because it reflects how many awesome fantasies with strong, kickass heroines I own!


3. How do you arrange your bookshelves? Is there a rhyme or reason? Or not at all? (#ABEAShelfie)

At the moment, my bookshelves actually aren’t organized. I mean, I try to keep series and books by the same author together, but other than that my bookshelves are overflowing to the point that I just put books where they fit. Here’s a shelfie to give you an idea:


4. What book are you most excited for on your TBR? What are you most intimidated by?

I’m so excited to get to The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi! I’ve heard such AH-mazing things about it and it seems so mysterious and intriguing!

The book on my TBR that I’m most intimidated by is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. First of all, it’s huge. Second of all, it has medium-ish size font. Third of all, and finally, it’s an adult book and those just intimidate me because they tend to move a lot slower and I (having ADHD/ADD) am afraid I’ll lose interest.


5. If you could choose three characters to have lunch with, who would they be and why?

Hmmm…Let’s see…I’d choose Zuzanna from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, because she’s an incredible friend and is hilarious, I’d choose Aza Ray from Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, because I love her sarcarm and her outlook on life and death, and I’d choose Manon Blackbeak from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, because I think she’s just interesting and would actually be really awkward and funny if forced to dine with Zuzanna and Aza Ray (and me)!

Now let’s chat about today’s subject, diversity!

Diversity

Diversity is very important for many groups but today I want to discuss what I feel like is the “forgotten group” of the diversity conversation. We have plenty of calls for representation of LGBT+ folks and POC and the disabled and sufferers of mental illness. But there is one group we consistently forget to discuss and that is the poor and socioeconomically disadvantaged.
This is such a passion for me because I grew up poor and was even homeless twice, and I knew and know plenty of poor kids like me, yet I never really see us represented in literature, at least popular literature.
Why is representation of the poor so important? Because there are so many miconceptions about us. That we are all drug addicts and drug dealers. That we sit on our *sses doing nothing all day (newsflash: poor people often have multiple jobs or are even in school to get a degree). That we’re all frauds who just want to get paid by the government. These are all things that I, personally, or my mother has been told, despite the fact that we’re both in school, her to get her doctorate, and I at one of the best universities in the world. It makes me so mad how many deeply ingrained misconceptions people have about the poor and it’s time to change that.
Another reason representation of the poor is important is because it important for people to know that they’re not alone. My home country, the United States, has a massive poor population. Yet we never see ourselves represented in media, aside from as druggies and gangsters. That makes it feel awfully lonely to be poor. From the way we are represented in the media, I would think that I’m the only one. But I’m not. That needs to be shown.
What can we do to “fix” this? First, we can recognize the poor as an underrepresented group. Then we, as a community, must call for more accurate representation of the poor. And finally, we have to be the ones to take steps to write stories about the poor. It’s really that simple.
So that’s it for my schpiel today. I hope you found it interesting and helpful! I’ll see ya on the flip side!
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11 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2016 | Intro & Diversity”

  1. First of all, I had no idea about your situation and you’re right, in media it seems like everyone can make it in US.
    I am from Croatia, many people here are poor but there’s not many homeless people.
    To us, US seams like a dream country.

    You’re totally right – it feels like poor population is totally forgoten when it comes to diversity.
    There is one book about poor girl that is really good in my opinion: Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti. (here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12075886-keep-holding-on ).
    I still, today, think about this story.

    I also read a book called Take Me On by Katie McGarry, which is also about one poor family (and one rich).

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    1. ooh, thanks for the recs! i’ll check them out! poverty is efinitely a worldwide issue. i only spoke of the us because that is where i am from and so it is what i know about more intimately, but there are many countries where poverty is the standard. it’s an issues that needs to be better addressed in the media and in ordinary conversation

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  2. To your whole diversity section – YES!!! I do not understand why people do not consider socioeconomic status because it really is a part of identity. My family is lower class and I know what it’s like to have no food at home or have to skip meals so that my baby brothers can have full bellies. As a minority at a PWI it is so apparent how the majority of students on campus have everything handed to them and will never have to work a day of their lives. They don’t get that not everyone has a credit card at their disposal or parents who can just write them checks. It’s so frustrating. I am in so much debt from getting my bachelor’s and I want to get a masters but I have to put it off. So many people just don’t understand that or realize that it’s an important part of understanding diversity

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    1. YES, YES, YESSSSS! Being poor has shaped a large part of who I am and how I view the world–in both positive and negative ways. You learn so many things from being poor.

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