A more diverse universe – #Diversiverse 2014

Hello Blogland! Yes I know it has been awhile and I did kind of leave things a bit half-finished around here…. real life and all that sort of thing you know!

However, I am here and gamely attempting to climb back on the horse of ‘content production, creativity and organisation’ which I was plodding along on earlier this year. I thought I would start with something small and work from there.

And that something small is announcing that I am going to participate in Diversverse 2014

I first read about Diversverse on Andi from Estella’s Revenge Blog.

And followed the links to Aarti from Booklust who is the force behind this great idea.

For those who have not heard about #Diversiverse before, it’s a very simple challenge.  For those of you who have participated in the past, it’s even easier this year.  The criteria are as follows:

  • Read and review one book
  • Written by a person of color
  • During the last two weeks of September (September 14th – 27th) 

My plan is to finish reading We need new names by NoViolet Bulawayo


Which I picked up in one of my trips into Book Grocer a few months ago. I read a few chapters just before I went away but didn’t take it with me overseas, a decision that I regretted a few times while I was away as I found myself thinking about the book and itching to pick it up again.


We Need New Names tells the story of Darling and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard. They all used to have proper houses, with real rooms and furniture, but now they all live in a shanty called Paradise. They spend their days stealing guavas, playing games and wondering how to get the baby out of young Chipo’s stomach. They dream of escaping to other paradises – America, Dubai, Europe. But if they do escape, will these new lands bring everything they wish for? Man Booker Prize

As I am trying to be more aware of my thought process (and also to take on more realistic challenges) here is my little two cents of why I am doing Diversiverse the way I am. I know that this is probably a book that many people will have already read or heard of so that in reading and reviewing this book I wont be bringing an unknown book to the Diversiverse community. However, even if my contribution to this challenge is not breaking new ground I really believe that participation even on a small scale is important. I haven’t read Aarti’s blog in depth (yet!) but just reading the post about Diversiverse made me want to participate. Yes books are a large part of the media I consume and I want that media to reflect the diversity of the world I live in. Some of that is a reflection of what I want from my reading experience and some of that is what I want my choices as a reader to say to the world.