I clearly got a little bit too arrogant with my amazing reading progress in January and completely dived this month. In contrast with the 10 books last month, I only finished reading 6 books and DNF’d 2! February over in the UK was LGBT History Month and although I had lots of optimistic TBR goals I barely read any LGBT History Books or attended any events as we had a few unexpected life events happen. Where did the month go?!
Discussions around #ownvoice authors are not exactly new in the book blogging community. It’s something I’ve seen spoken about quite a lot by other bloggers but is not something that I’d especially given much thought to before. The extent of my thought process around #ownvoice authors had been that I should continue to support them and champion their work. If there was a book about an issue affecting black people written by a black author then I would definitely boost the #ownvoice author. And, in cases where a book is written by a non #ownvoice author and has problematic content in it then I speak up about why the book is problematic and recommend #ownvoice alternatives.
But what happens when a book deals with sensitive marginalized issues or is potentially problematic without it being clear if the author is #ownvoices or not?
February is already 7 days in and that means LGBT History Month is upon us. Unlike those of you in the US who are currently celebrating Black History Month, February is LGBT History Month for us (BHM is in October). It’ll no doubt be a little bit confusing for both you and me due to the difference but hopefully you’ll still enjoy my LGBT History Month-inspired posts anyway! In addition to sharing my February TBR with you in this post, I’ll be posting additional blogs throughout this month sharing with you some of my favourite Queer historical figures, Queer books, recommended reads for LGBT History Month and any LGBTHM events I go to!