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About

I am an avid reader and I have been for all of my life. I love (mostly) any genre of book and I am willing to give any author my time to read their writing. In early 2014, it struck me that most of the authors I was reading were White men. This is not inherently bad or evil, but I was struck with the lack of diversity in my library. One of my goals moving forward was to intentionally diversify my reading and commit to review authors of marginalized identities.

I did not get into tabletop gaming (board and card games) until September of 2014. The first β€œreal” board game I played was Pandemic and later that month I invested in Ticket to Ride and never looked back. I found a deep passion in board gaming and I love sharing my passion with others. I found gaming to be a great way to connect with others and a good tool to help people through many different developmental moments in life. Similar to literature, I was intrigued at the social justice implications of the market – what games were being published, what themes were being used, and which designers were most successful in the industry.

To answer those questions, I decided to start a blog and get more involved with both the literature community and the board gaming community. Social justice is not an individual journey; we must all take it together. I value your feedback, opinions, ideas, and input.

For a living, I work in higher education in the non-academic setting with students from very diverse backgrounds. Through my educational path and my job, I have learned about and experienced extensively the impact of systemic privilege and oppression.

 

Twitter: @bsoltis

Board Game Geek: bmsoltis

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/19809826-brendon

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. We both created our blogs for similar reasons! I’m always happy to meet other people who are deliberate about diversifying their reading. I look forward to more of your posts.
    I will try to visit more often and learn about board games while I’m at it πŸ™‚

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    Posted by Read Diverse Books | July 19, 2016, 3:16 PM
  2. A wonderful wonderful cause!! Are you in touch with the #DiverseBookBloggers hashtag on twitter? You’ll meet so many diverse bloggers and get to know so many more diverse reading material. Naz from RDbooks (above) ws one of its founders πŸ™‚ I believe in supporting #ownVoices and marginalized ones as well and my #ownvoices being in that category helps. Hope to talk more in the future πŸ™‚ Loving your blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Cinderzenablogs | August 12, 2016, 1:30 AM
    • I’ve been here and there with the hashtag and have planned to be more committed to following it πŸ™‚ I’ve connected with Naz and he has definitely been a huge help! Thank you for the tips and support! I am excited to connect with more folks and #DiverseBookBloggers.

      Liked by 1 person

      Posted by Brendon | August 12, 2016, 6:35 AM

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