So, now I must admit my chagrin when I looked at my Year in Review on Goodreads. When I delved deep into what I read over the year, I found that I mostly read books by white, American women. Women who are a lot like me, with similar experiences, and familiar stories. There is good in reading the familiar - it is what I fall back on when grad school, and working and parenting are hard. I get comfort from the familiar and that is worth a lot. But it can not be the only reason we read. We need to see parts of the world outside of our own experiences and reading is one of the most accessible ways of doing that.
So, for 2016 I have decided to make sure I am reading as diversely as I encourage others to do. I read an article from a librarian who kept meticulous notes on her reading for the year. Amy McLay Patterson kept track of the authors and books she was reading, including race, nationality, and gender. I am taking a cue from her and keeping track of what I read over the course of the year, making sure that I am truly reading stories of others that show me another side of my world. I am doing what I can to make sure that I am not stuck with viewing the world through a single story.