I've been thinking lately about weeks and months. You know, Teen Read Week, Banned Book Week, Poetry Month, Black History Month, etc. and why they are neccessary. So that's this weeks topic: What do you think of special weeks and months, and are they neccessary?
My thoughts? I like them, kind of. Here's what I mean. I love the fact that having a week, like Banned Book Week, gets us all moving in one direction, thinking and reading together. It was great to see all the comraderie and posts about our favorite banned books, our personal experiences, etc. It's a great way to share books and ideas, and for me a great way to find new books that I may have missed.
I think there is a negative as well. By giving it a week, or in the case of Black History Month, a month, are we giving ourselves permission to only think about these topics during that time period? Do we think "well, I did my banned book stuff" or "I featured my Black history month authors" and then move on to something else without a backward glance? I hate to say it, but I think we do. There aren't many blogs out there who routinely feature censored/banned books (off the top of my head I can think of Roof Beam Reader's Saturday's Uncensored), and even fewer who feature other specific topics. That doens't mean their not out there, because I by no means read every blog, but compared to the numbers in which we turn out for Teen Read week, or Poetry Month it's noticibly scarce.
I wonder why that is? For me I don't feature things based on those catagories because that's not what I think is important. Whether it's banned or written by an author of a certain race isn't as important as whether or not the book was good. It's fun to join in on events within the writing/blogging community so I do those things, but for my everyday reviews, I try not to focus on those things, and instead focus on what I loved (or occassionally hated) about the book.
How about you? What are your thoughts on special weeks and months?