Recently there’s been an article going around about reading non-white, non-male authors for a year, just to see how one’s worldview might change, and while there has been some pushback, most people (at least in my experience) have recognized it as a worthwhile challenge. At the very least, it’s certainly a teachable moment for people who wouldn’t have considered this otherwise. But, if you’re playing along at home, how should you go about finding these books? The good thing is, there are a number of sites that already cater to diversity: Diversity in YA and Disability in Kidlit are just a couple. Now there’s another one: Bisexual Books.
Bisexual Books is a Tumblr that collects, reads, and reviews books that are written by bisexual authors or books that feature bisexual characters (and sometimes both). Their tagging system is great: if you look through the website, you can search for books by genre, type, author identity, and even sexual orientation (for the times they recommend books that touch on sexualities other than bisexuality). They even link to interviews and essays about bisexuality, and they also reblog resources about bisexuality. It’s a great resource for people who want to find books written by or about bisexual people, and it can be a good jumping-off point for someone who wants to write a bisexual character as well.
There’s been a lot of talk about featuring non-white protagonists in genre fiction, and there’s been talk about featuring non-straight protagonists, but this is the first site I’ve found that focuses specifically on bisexual books and resources as opposed to books that fall under the whole LGBTQ+ spectrum. Unfortunately, when books feature queer characters, all too often the characters are white, cis gay men, and there’s room for a little more diversity in our diversity. Bisexual Books has a great collection of books and characters that fall outside the Hollywood idea of queer relationships, and exploring the site and its recs makes the diversity reading challenge easier on anyone.
Bisexual Books is run by a great crew of people who are almost all bisexual, and following them is a fun time. You can check them out here on Tumblr.