A quick bit on reading diversity

Reading Eric Flint’s posts has brought to me a point about reading diversity.

From the comments. William Underhill:

The other thing that did peturb me is K. Bradford’s recommendation to cut back on reading works by white male authors. As a reader, I’m not really interested in the sex, ethnicity, politics or sexual orientation of the writer; I want to know if they’re going to tell me a good story.

Here’s the thing. We’re all creatures of habit, of convenience. For me, anyway, its easy to get into reading ruts and I suspect I am not alone. I really am curious if the people who claim to “not care” about the writer’s identity really are that disconnected from writers as people.

For me, I found that if I don’t make a conscious effort to seek out different voices, diversity just doesn’t happen as much as it might. And its my loss if I don’t read diversely. So I have made a conscious effort to read more books by women this year (I had decided to do so before Tempest’s challenge as part of my work at Skiffy and Fanty).

I think its a good challenge. Its exposing me to authors I might not have otherwise read.

Fast Facts about my trip to Arkansas

I’m back from Arkansas! Here’s the CE_VOIoUUAA5GbW

Miles Traveled from home to Sherwood: 973 miles
Miles Traveled from Sherwood to home: 1088 miles

States Visited:

State Capitols seen:

National Parks Visited:
Hot Springs NP

State Parks Visited:
Toltec Mounds
Pinnacle Mountain

Other Sites Visited:
Bill Clinton Presidential Library

Camera Lenses Broken:

3 (including two requiring a pull-over)

Meat and Threes eaten:

My current ranking of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

1) The Avengers (A+)
2) Guardians of the Galaxy (A+)
3) Iron Man 1 (A+)
4) Thor (A)
5) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (A-)
6) Captain America, The First Avenger (B+)
(The Howard Tayler Threshold of Awesome is here. Movies above this I rewatch again and again)
7) Iron Man 3 (B)
8) The Avengers: Age of Ultron (B-)
9) Thor: The Dark World (B-)
10) Iron Man 2 (C-)

I didn’t bother putting the Norton Hulk on this list. I’m not even sure how much of its canonical at this point.