Better Books are books I find that are more sensitive reading, books that I learned something or understand something differently while challenging my thoughts, or that I could identify with. Better books can include stories I feel have better representation of gender roles/norms/stereotypes/tropes, better representation for women, mental health, diversity and shared experience with the author (own voices).
Diverse reads/characters, Ownvoices Feminism and Multicultural Interests.
Diverse reads/characters: stories that include authors and characters as a guideline according to WNDB definition of Diversity: “all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
I also want to acknowledge and in my own opinion (Brenda) that diversity can be a word used by mostly white people like myself to understand our differences and the world around us. For this reason I am also including what diversity and feminism means to me with some books added to the categories. I will add why in my reviews.
Ownvoices: include stories with the authors sharing a marginalized/diverse identity or experience with the protagonist.
Multicultural Interest: stories that include ideas, beliefs or characters from different countries and cultural backgrounds particularly those of minority groups
Feminism: in my own definition defined by own feminism and in the words of Roxane Gay I am a “bad feminist”, stories that deals with the lives of women while showing us real live concerns surrounding women’s equal and social rights as well as represents women’s concerns and the best interest of women. Best interest and concerns defined by me. Non fiction that represent feminism.