Hello, everyone! I’m back with another Thursday Thoughts. My first one was a hit and created such lovely discussion, so I’m hoping that this post does the same. Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on a subject that’s very important to me and that I feel is often times overlooked: socioeconomic status within the book community. I’ve been wanting to do a post on this topic for a while, but was somewhat worried about the reaction I’d get. So I created a poll on Twitter asking what you all would like to see for this month’s discussion post and no one choose this topic at first (by the time the poll closed 24hours later, one person did). That was the first sign. Then I saw a tweet from one of my friends, Rommie, about how she was working on a post with a similar topic. Not only was that super inspirational for me, but it was also the second sign. The third sign was Author Carrie Ann’s thread on Twitter about her experience with socioeconomic status, books, and libraries growing up. All of those signs happened within one day, and I knew I couldn’t put off writing this post any longer.
As a kid, I lived in the library. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom taking me to the library, which in turn grew my love of reading. I have three younger siblings and two extremely hard-working parents. There were times (and still are times) when buying books was a luxury, and I never minded it because I always had my library card. As I grew older and continued to read more books the library was, and still is, my go-to source to for books. This year in April, I finally looked into joining the book community. I first looked at Bookstagram, and I felt discouraged. I went to Michaels to buy props with some money I had saved for my first post and thought to myself, “I’d rather be buying books than buying props to decorate books.” I didn’t see Bookstagram working out for me financially in the long run. I debated deleting my Bookstagram account after posting five photos, but I decided not to. Just because Bookstgaram wasn’t my passion or my avenue didn’t mean that I had to abandon it. Now I just post for me, to bring myself joy.
The next avenue I looked to was blogging (sorry, I skipped Booktube because I’m an awkward potato), and I knew it was for me. Not only was there a ton of writing involved, but it didn’t cost a penny to start, customize, or get to where I am now. It’s become a passion, partially because I know that it’s something that I can sustain and continue to do for a long time. I love hauls just as much as the next person, but I also know that I used to skip all of those posts because a part of me didn’t feel included. I don’t always relate to those who put themselves on book buying bans because 99.9% of the books that I read and review are from my local library. I love love love reading tweets and posts about BookCon and other book conventions, but I know that not everyone can afford to attend and can thus feel left out because I was once in those shoes, and still sometimes are. I know I still rely heavily on the library in order to have access to books, and have content to put on this blog.
Socioeconomic status is a taboo subject in society, but I don’t want it to be within the book community. It’s a topic that I believe members within all platforms of the book community should be aware of and, if comfortable, engage in dialogue about. The book community is a community that any anyone should feel that can be a part of, and all of those within the book community should strive to create that inclusivity.
Definitely share your thoughts on my thoughts (haha) and your thoughts on the topic in the comments below. Do you feel that socioeconomic status is present in the book community? Do you find it to be more present on certain platforms? I look forward to engaging in all of the lovely discussion. As always…
Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!