Reading is a great and popular pastime for many people, and there are a lot of things you can do to improve your enjoyment of it. But quite apart from trying to get as much out of it as possible for your own needs, there is also much to be said for thinking about and improving the ethics of your reading. One way to do that is to spend time actively trying to diversify your reading, and in this article, we are going to take a look at just how you might be able to do that. You’ll find that the following are all great ways to do it.
Take A Look At Your Bookshelf
First of all, you need to make sure that you are aware of what your own bookshelf is currently looking like. If you are not sure about what you tend to read from this kind of objective perspective, you are not going to know whether or not you are actually reading in a diverse way. Chances are, you are not, and that’s why you need to take a good look at your bookshelf to see where you might be going wrong. Once you have a good idea of this, you will know what you need to do.
Research Your Favourite Authors
Next up, it’s a good idea to take a look at some of your favorite authors, those you tend to read most and look into their background a little more. The more you know about them, the more that you are going to be able to work out whether you are reading in a diverse way. For instance, once you learn a little about the reasoning and background behind HP Lovecraft’s cat’s name, you might decide it is time to start reading some Black Lovecraft alternatives instead.
Of course, one powerful way to improve your reading and diversify who you are reading is to seek out recommendations from those who are likely to know more about these kinds of authors than you. Perhaps you have friends whom you know would have some ideas about who to read, or someone in your local book group that you generally trust with this kind of thing. It’s all about seeking out those recommendations, borrowing some books, and actually reading them. You’ll find that this can often lead you down some interesting pathways in the end.
Try The One Out Of Five Rule
Finally, consider giving this a try. For one book out of five that you read, choose a writer of a different ethnicity to yourself. For another, choose someone of a different gender or sexuality. For another, choose a writer of a different nationality. Then go for one book that you think you might hate, for whatever reason. Finally, the last book out of five is an empty space, to read whatever you like.
As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to diversify your reading, so these are well worth trying.