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#WeNeedDiverseBooks in all different areas

Remember last year at BEA when things got pretty heated as people realized the panels held authors of all the same race?  The hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks was born and the discussion on why diversity in literature, not just the authors of the books, but the characters in them as well, is important.  I was so excited this was being discussed and taken seriously.  It felt like a giant leap forwards for the publishing industry.

A few weeks ago I was reading a YA contemporary novel and was metaphorically slapped by an ugly reality.  I quickly scrolled through my goodreads read shelf to see if I could debunk my theory.  Surely it couldn't be true.

I tried to find any books where the main character wasn't either:
1. specifically mentioned to be stick thin
2. portrayed as stick thin on the front cover.

(Disclaimer:  I'm nervous it will sound like I'm skinny shaming in this post, but I don't know how else to put this.  There is nothing wrong with being skinny.  I'm technically skinny myself so I clearly don't have an issue with it.  I do have an issue with society viewing skinny as the only acceptable body type though.  That's what this post is about.)

June Wrap Up: Vacation, Weddings, and My Birthday!


June 2015 Wrap Up
Vacation, Weddings, and Birthdays...this month has been jam packed with fun times!