Hi everyone! First of all : THANK YOU for being here. No, really. There are SO MANY amazing blogs out there (I shall make a list soon, actually), I’m forever grateful for every living reader who’ll take the time to read my reviews. You rock.
If you know me *waves* you know that apart from Goodreads, I usually blog on starcrossed.book.blog with my wonderful friends Chelsea, Jen, Laura and Harriet. This is not gonna change. They’re not yet free of me. HA. But then, why have I decided to launch my own blog?
This is both a difficult and simple question. Difficult because there’s no such thing as one reason to explain it, and simple because it just goes hand in hand with who I am.
But let’s get rid of what might scare you away, shall we? Meet The Book World will primarily deals with books, yes, but I’ll also ramble on different subject, including politics. I’m warning you here, right now, because my patience with “let’s not get political” talks is currently very, very low. The thing is, I don’t believe for one second that we can review books – especially diverse books – without getting political. A novel is always a lens through which we see the world – as you can get, I also don’t believe in “this is only fiction” bullshit. Right. Like all the stereotypes played on pages hadn’t any influence in the way we see the world. Right.
So, this is the first reason : I might post about politics, history, feminism, diversity, teaching, maybe French lessons even, I don’t know! I needed a platform that gave me the freedom I needed to do it.
But the books? What about the books?
This blog was created with a primary goal in mind : help readers – especially US readers – to expand their reading experience by reading more translated books written by writers all over the world. Why is it important? Well. Don’t you think that nowadays, we seriously need to look at how people live and think around the world? That we seriously need to stop being so self-centered? Because you know what? the lack of knowledge brings a boulevard to stereotypes.
So, we need diverse books.
We need diverse books written by minorities in the US and other English countries.
But we also need diverse books whose authors *GASP* don’t speak English.
We need to push for more translated books.
What are you going to find here, then? Well, mostly reviews for books written all around the world, but also for diverse books as a whole (I participate into #DiversityBingo2017). Keep in mind, though, that I will never be the voice we need to push when it comes to diverse reads : I am a white, straight, able-bodied woman, and if I believe that everyone should try and read more diverse books, and will do my best to promote them, there are more interesting voices to read out there – that’s why I’ll always try to link reviews from marginalized readers on the bottom of my reviews.
To celebrate the launching of Meet The Book World, I’m offering you the diverse or translated book of your choice up to 12$, open internationally (if BD ships to you). Enter this giveaway to win!
All the books on the picture are examples – you can choose another one of course! Click on the link below and good luck!
PS. If you’re interested in reading more translated books, you’ll find the collaborative list on Goodreads – follow the link below!