Armchair BEA: Introduction and Diversity

Armchair BEA is back! I had so much fun taking part in this internet conference for us poor bloggers who cannot get to the real BEA last year, so naturally, I wanted to take part in this year’s event! It was such a great thing to do last year, being able to “meet” all the other amazing book bloggers and I’m hoping that this year will be just as fun! So on with the introductions (I’m sorry to those of you who are regulars to my blog or came here for ABEA last year, there will be some repetition of things you’ve heard before!):

Group 1 Questions:

  1. What is the name you prefer to use?

My full name is Joanne, but I go by Jo.

2. How long have you been a book blogger?

I started book blogging back in February 2014, two years ago but this is technically my third year of running the blog and I’m so glad that I’ve managed to keep it going this long. I honestly thought when I first started that it would be a pet project that I got bored of after a few months. I’m happy to say though, I still love blogging just as much as I did when I started.

3. Have you participated in ABEA before?

Yes! I participated last year. It was my first big blogging event and the one that really made me feel part of the community.

Introduction Questions Group 2:

2. What is your favourite genre and why?

Fantasy! It just embodies everything I love about reading, escapism, getting to travel to another world, magic, I could go on!

4. Which day of ABEA are you looking forward to the most?

Surviving Fictional Worlds! I love my fictional worlds and it seems like it will be such a fun topic to do!

7. Which book on your TBR are you most excited for? Which are you most intimidated by?

Can I say all of them? Kidding! At the moment I’m really excited to read Rick Riordan’s new book, The Hidden Oracle, I can’t wait to get back to the Percy Jackson world. As for most intimidated by? I’m looking forward to it, but Six of Crows is pretty damn thick!

9. If you could chose three characters to have lunch with, who would they be and why?

Hermione Granger, Percy Jackson & Minho from the Maze Runner. Hermione because she was my childhood favourite character and I would love to talk books with her! Percy because he and I basically have the same sense of humour so we would have such a laugh together. Minho again because I reckon we would have a laugh together.


I feel like this is a hard topic for me to talk about because as a white female, I’m already pretty well represented in fiction. Even from other angles, I’m not really in a place to talk about diversity, in all senses of the word, I’m very privileged and I recognise that. But diversity is still important to me. I want to see all types of people in the books I read, because everyone should have their stories told. I want to read stories about all types of people, not just those who I can relate to, but those who are different to me as well because that is how we learn, by seeing things from a point of view that is different from our own. I’ll admit that when it comes to reading, my reading list is not overly diverse, I mostly read fantasy and dystopia and the books that I read are mostly by white authors, but I can honestly say I don’t really think about the diversity of the authors that I read. I read what interests me, I always have and I’m not looking to fill a diversity quota in my reading, I don’t look for characters who fill a diversity quota either, I want characters that are interesting and engaging. Having said that, we definitely do need more diversity in young adult books and I think the way to do that is to encourage campaigns like #WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks, to show the publishing industry that we are interested in diversity and that we want to encourage diverse books and characters.

So that’s me! I’d love to hear from all of you, so post your links to your ABEA posts in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Introduction and Diversity

  1. Bookmark Chronicles 11/05/2016 / 6:26 pm

    As a minority woman, I very much appreciate that you think diversity is important. With that said, I think that that is what puts you in a better position to talk about diversity. At the end of the day we need allies and contrary to popular belief it is not the job of members of the minority to constantly have to educate people who are not. You may not have the ame experiences as minorities but that allyship and advocacy is what is needed. That makes your stance on diverse issues that much more powerful

    • Lila 11/05/2016 / 6:39 pm

      THIS. As a member of *multiple* minority groups, I 100% agree!

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