Welcome to a random edition of Gush & Gripe where I discuss a few things that may or may not be related to each other because I'm hopped up on coffee and my mind is percolating at the speed of a rocket. Noticed the long sentence?
First up are DIVERSE READS. As part of the minority, I'm psyched that there's a call for books to be diversified and that both authors and publishers are heeding to it. I'm looking forward to reading a character that "looks" like me so to speak. A Filipino who is not the help?! Heck yeah!
On the other hand, I'm a little disappointed because sure, characters are being diversified but a lot of them are also stereotyped, and sometimes it's insulting or very unfavorable. Like a traditional Asian who's got a stiff stick up their asses, or the flamboyant gay bestfriend, the villainous Russian, the underprivileged South American, the snotty British, the list goes on and I'm sure you get the picture. Don't you think that putting your "diverse" characters in a box is the opposite of diversity? Adding a bit of "color" to your book doesn't exactly make it diverse IMHO.
Next on the chopping block is GFC. Blogger users, it seems that this widget isn't lacking in issues. For non-blogger member, this blog app is an important attribute when listing down our stats. There were rumors that it's going to be shut down, but it seemed to have survived the guillotine. That said...
I just lost over a hundred followers in less than a week?! Last I checked, you can't unfollow a blog via GFC. Believe me, I tried. So is there an article I missed here? Did Google deactivated accounts in one fell swoop and consequently impacted my numbers? Help!
I also wanted to ask you all if you keep up with your ARCS' release dates? Speaking for myself, I used to because (1) I felt the pressure of reviewing in advance, and (2) it's also a bragging right.
It took its toll on me and following a schedule is the best way to kill a mood reader like myself. And because I wanted my blog to live on, I decided to give my reading calendar the finger and read according to my mood. It seems to be doing the trick because I've been reading non-stop since to the point where I can't keep up with writing review posts (can't catch a break with this balancing act)! I'm loving it though because it's making things enjoyable again.
But I have to be honest, I still feel the sting of competitiveness once in awhile. The desire to review a book before everyone else for those much coveted page views. Yet at the end of the day, I decided that I can't give up the current joy for reading that I'm experiencing right now. I still keep an eye out for the release dates, but I'm also choosing to ignore the pressure of reading like its a chore.