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Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up

(Very special thanks to Rachel for designing the amazing graphics for this challenge!) The best parts of reading are finding books that remind you of you and learning about other people. We want to relate, empathize, and be challenged by the situations and personalities we don’t know. It makes us well-rounded people, and helps us to understand […]

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August 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Book Review: Falling in Love with Hominids, Nalo Hopkinson (2015) » vegan daemon - […] since starting the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge this year, I’ve made it a point to take notes on diverse characters in my […]

July 18, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Waiting on Wednesday: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger - Mostly YA Lit - […] whoever it was! Not only does it have a gorgeous cover, but it’s definitely on my list for my #DiversityDive challenge this year.  It’s such an unusual sounding dystopian – not about war and special […]

June 7, 2015 - 7:47 am

Bex @ Aurelia {Lit} - I’m jumping in halfway through the year, but it’s such a great challenge I can’t resist.

May 1, 2015 - 2:35 am

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I know I’m rather late to join, but after hearing about the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge, I knew I had to join in! Being a new blogger, this is the first reading challenge I’ll be participating in, and I couldn’t be more excited. I look forward to all the diverse books I’ll be reading from now until December 31!

Julia

April 6, 2015 - 3:38 am

March’s Reading Log | Thoughts from the Hearthfire - […] for Dive Into Diversity Challenge: Jessica’s Ghost (representation of mental […]

March 2, 2015 - 1:24 pm

February’s Reading Log | Thoughts from the Hearthfire - […] for Dive Into Diversity Challenge: Arsenic for Tea (narrator is from Hong […]

February 28, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea | ajschildrensbooks - […] chose a very special book for my second post for Dive Into Diversity. My son, Mason, will be seven years old next month. After he was born, my friend came from […]

February 26, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Ninoshkka Paul - I am really glad someone is finally doing a diversity challenge!

February 10, 2015 - 8:00 am

Religion in YA Books • Dive Into Diversity - […] out your blogs! If you haven’t had a chance to join the DID reading challenge, feel free to visit the intro post and use #DiversityDive on Twitter & Instagram! .misterlinky_admin { background: gray; border: […]

February 1, 2015 - 8:02 am

January’s Reading Log | Thoughts from the Hearthfire - […] for Dive Into Diversity Challenge: The Last Leaves Falling (Japanese setting, MC has […]

January 28, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Rebecca - So excited! I found you through a button on another reading/book site!

January 28, 2015 - 3:01 am

Giveaway: Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein - The Reading DateThe Reading Date - […] looking forward to reading and discussing this one for book club. This would be a good pick for the Dive into Diversity (#DiversityDive) challenge, and I hope you’ll also join in the discussion with […]

January 27, 2015 - 7:43 pm

The Sandwich Swap | ajschildrensbooks - […] try to check out a wide variety of books when we go to the library. I am also participating in the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge. These are the titles my children and I picked out this […]

January 25, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Kara Newhouse - Great way to stay on top of my #wndbresolution of 50 diverse books this year!

January 20, 2015 - 1:25 am

Eleanor Beresford - Joining just in time for January!

January 17, 2015 - 9:00 am

Carolyn @ RIEDEL Fascination - Hi! This is far broader than a diversity theme I saw last year and I believe I declined that one because it was ‘YA’-geared. I’m 42!!!! 😉 This year I’m sticking to groups that either give me a unique way to choose my very own books, or which have international prizes and we’ve hit both here. May I also invite everyone to my three very flexible groups, with a year that runs from February 1 (and yes indeed, prizes and fun)!

My sole question for you is: women. If diversity includes a female protagonist or heroine, that’s nearly everything I read. Do you have something in mind, so I meet your mission? 🙂 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel-challenges-2015/

January 16, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Jobe on Reading in 2015 | Inklings - […] Rather Be Reading (this one has a sign-up and winners) […]

January 13, 2015 - 9:49 am

My Heart and Other Black Holes GIVEAWAY | Gone Pecan - […] along with our February pick as part of the #YADiversityBookClub?  Are you participating in the Dive Into Diversity Challenge with Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes?  Follow We Need Diverse Books? Then you’ve come […]

January 13, 2015 - 1:04 am

Reasons I Don't Take Part in Diversity Reading Challenge - Book Lovers - […] Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge 2015 […]

January 12, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Liz Mallory - This is such a good idea! I would be doing this anyway–reading a lot and reading a lot of DIVERSE fiction. So hooray to sharing and finding good recommendations!!!

January 9, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Reading, Writing, and Revising Challenges | ajschildrensbooks - […] writers and learned about more, and more, and more challenges. I am excited to participate in the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge, 12×12 writing challenge, and ReviMo revising […]

January 7, 2015 - 11:43 am

Bruna - Yay! Signing up. I already wanted to read more diversely this year and this challenge is a great motivator.

January 7, 2015 - 8:54 am

Melanie's Musings: Life's nothing but stories - […] challenged by the situations and personalities we don’t know.” So begins the intro post for Dive into Diversity, perfectly summarizing my motivation for joining the […]

January 4, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Annie - I’m new to all of this but I’m excited to be participating! x)

January 3, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Bridget @ Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged - Excited to join this challenge and read more diversely! That’s something that’s definitely been a challenge for me in my reading life, so hopefully this year I’ll remedy that.

January 2, 2015 - 3:29 pm

The Point of Reading Challenges | Word Revel - […] of reading challenges is that they encourage diversity in the books that we read. Most obviously, Dive into Diversity challenges participants to read books based on the following […]

January 1, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Nicole @ Nicole's Novel Readse - I am super excited about this challenge. I am always trying to find new diverse books to read.

January 1, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Sarah - Yay! I’m really looking forward to participating in this challenge 😀 and it perfectly fits with my personal reading goals. Can’t wait to check out everyone’s posts and discover diverse recommendations!

January 1, 2015 - 12:02 am

2015 Goals + Challenges - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] 5. Participate in the Dive into Diversity Challenge […]

December 31, 2014 - 3:01 pm

My 2015 Challenges - The Reading DateThe Reading Date - […] Hosted by: Reading Wishes & Rather Be Reading […]

December 30, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Katie @ The Logonauts - This fits perfectly with my goals for 2015!

December 30, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Top 10 Reading Goals for 2015 #AMonthofFaves | the dirigible plum - […] less diverse. I want to change that in 2015. I am probably going to join Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity challenge. This is a very easygoing challenge with NO NUMBERS associated with it. Since I’m […]

December 30, 2014 - 11:51 am

Nikki H - I was thinking of just doing a personal challenge of diverse books, but then I heard about this one and it’s perfect! Thanks for the amazing idea! I plan to read at least one per month! Thanks for the amazing idea!

December 28, 2014 - 5:35 pm

2015 Reading Challenges | Ciao Bella! - […] hosted by Estelle and Magan at Rather Be Reading and Rebecca at Reading Wishes {read and learn more HERE}. I love that the We Need Diverse Books campaign has received so much attention in the past year, […]

December 28, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Meant this CHALLENGE is a great idea. Whoops! 🙂

December 28, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve never really liked challenges but this one seems awesome! I love the We Need Diverse Books campaign and this campaign is a great idea 🙂

December 28, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Kaye - I love this! Can’t wait!

December 27, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Yazzi - Oops! Sorry for repeating myself!!!

December 27, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Yazzi - Can’t wait to participate! I’ve got so many diverse reads on my TBR; I’m excited about reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Adaption in particular.

December 27, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Yazzi - Can’t wait to participate in this challenge! I have so many diverse books I want to read on my TBR including The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Adaption.

December 26, 2014 - 2:01 am

the reading challenges of 2015 - We are book punks.We are book punks. - […] were a helpful kick in the ass.  Up this year are: My Little Pocketbooks Diversity on the Shelf, Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity, or A Girl that Likes Books’ Diversifying […]

December 24, 2014 - 11:50 am

Leslie - What a great way to kick off the new year! Looking forward to seeing your posts!

December 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

The weather outside is frightful… | Z is for Zampetti - […] You know I’m not much of one for reading challenges, but this one sounds like a good fit and a way to keep up with diverse books. #DiveIntoDiversity […]

December 23, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Divya - This is such a great challenge! I signed up, and I can’t wait to get started!

December 22, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Cynthia @ Afterwritten - Yay, this is awesome! Totally signing up. Really looking forward to participating! The banner & button are both so gorgeous as well. (:

December 21, 2014 - 1:05 am

Weekly Recap| Dec 14-20, 2014 | Oh, the Books! - […] Rebecca, Magan, and Estelle introduce the Dive into Diversity reading challenge. […]

December 20, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Tori Russle - I am so excited for this challenge and my favourite diverse book is called “The Shock of the Fall”by Nathan Filer. It’s a really great book about a boy with schizophrenia and the view point in the book is very different from any other book i read. Be warned though you will probably be crying all through the book.

December 20, 2014 - 9:52 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - Love this! I just signed up for the challenge. I’m very happy that not only will I be pushing myself to read more diverse books, but there’s no set number that I have to stress about. Thank you for the giveaway!

December 18, 2014 - 7:20 pm

AJ - I’m so exited to participate in this challenge!

December 18, 2014 - 7:30 am

Natalie - I’m so excited for this challenge!

My fave diverse book I’ve read has to be Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

December 17, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Dianne - So far, my all-time fave diverse book is TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan. <3

December 17, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Dianne - I signed up, 2015 hectic-ness be damned! So excited for this. Love the idea. <3

December 17, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Yahong - Oof, and to answer the question… probably my all-time fave diverse book is Alaya Dawn Johnson’s THE SUMMER PRINCE, which is a world-changing sci-fi about art, life & sacrifice set in futuristic Brazil — this book 99.56% literally killed me. It’s the kind of book I want everyone in the world to read, haha.

December 17, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Yahong - Love this idea! I’m really glad to see that after #WeNeedDiverseBooks hit Twitter & Tumblr the ball is still rolling.

December 17, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Marie Landry - This is such a great idea! I’ve signed up. Thanks for hosting! 🙂

December 17, 2014 - 11:04 am

Stormy - Love this idea! Definitely signing up.

December 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

Sandie - We would love to collaborate with you at the Diversity Book Club somehow! Let’s talk.

December 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

Maxine @ Maximum Reads - What a great challenge! I am supper excited to be participating in this one!

December 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Winter/Spring 2015 - […] (hosted by The Book Vixen) // Debut Author Challenge (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) // Dive Into Diversity (hosted by Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes) // Full House Reading Challenge (hosted by Book […]

December 17, 2014 - 8:19 am

Sandy S. - I love this idea and I am excited to read more diverse books in 2015. I can’t wait to see more titles as I am sure I am missing some great reads out there. My all time favorite diverse book….that’s a hard question, perhaps I can’t name just one because they all have affected me and changed me. These are the ones I would highly recommend that I have read, ones that I would save in a fire, preach from a pulpit and tell you once you have read them, they will change you. They are The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, Beauty of the Broken, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Something Real.

December 17, 2014 - 8:09 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I’m so excited! I can’t believe it’s here! So glad you guys are my challenge co-bloggers 🙂

So Rather Be Young | 2015 Feature & Giveaway

When I try to pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with books, I am flooded with memories of my elementary school where we were always encouraged to read everything and write just as much. Our principal had an Author’s Chair in her office where we could go in and read her our own […]

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February 26, 2015 - 8:00 am

Of Spies and Stars | #SoRatherBeYoung, Estelle - […] mid-December, Hannah and I rolled out a laidback, sporadic reading project called “You Make Me Feel So Young” — where we joint read a book from our childhood and pick a title for the other to […]

December 17, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Meg - Oooh, how much fun is this?! I must confess that I don’t believe I’ve ever read the book version of “Harriet the Spy,” but my sister and I — like so many children of the ’90s — were obsessed with the movie. I can still vividly recall scenes even now. Can’t wait to check out your adult reactions!

December 15, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Hannah - I’ve always been a book reader…I mean, my mom is the kind of woman who walks around with a paperback in her purse just waiting for any possible down time that might arise! Ha! I read through tons of books but I don’t think it was until 6th grade when I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that my world really changed. I became an addict and I’ve never looked back 😉

December 15, 2014 - 7:14 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love this idea so much! A few months ago, I started writing a list of books I’d loved when I was younger and now I have the perfect excuse to revisit them. Your blog is going to be so chock full of awesome in 2015 😉

December 15, 2014 - 2:13 am

Alexa S. - What a fun feature, you two! So looking forward to seeing what you all will be reading during this year. I looooove Harriet the Spy, so I may just jump in and read it with with y’all since it’s been so long since I’ve revisited it!

Beginning to Taste A lot Like Christmas | Pub Date

Oh hey. I might have been a slacker in the last round of PUB DATE (Andi Maggie & Brittany got wedding themed) but I’m ready to celebrate the holidays with you and some wonderful brews. If you know me in real life (and perhaps follow me on Twitter), you know I relate more to Buddy […]

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December 15, 2014 - 12:01 am

Alexa S. - I still haven’t read Bittersweet! But every time I see that cover, I think that it’s so pretty. Also, I can’t wait to be drinking more seasonal beers. I got a little bit more into them in the fall, and am looking forward to trying some winter ones!

December 12, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, your comment about knowing what you had when you are younger is not exactly what you have now, really struck a cord with me. I can relate to this so much. I love the holidays and all its traditions, just like you, but it can be bittersweet knowing that things shift & change as we grow older.

Shiner Cheer is still my favorite seasonal brew, which reminds me I need to get some ASAP! I’m curious about this San Fran brew though.. might need to try it. And as always, LOVE anything Ockler writes 🙂

December 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

Andi - I must admit that I have never been a fan of the winter/holiday beers. But I am now determined to find one I like. I’m actually going to get one you mention and use it for my Pub Date. 🙂

And that book!!!! I ♥ that book muchly!

December 12, 2014 - 9:05 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Calling me out on my lack of love for holiday beers! Actually, I think maybe I was just drinking the wrong ones in past holiday seasons. Maybe they were just good beers because everything I’ve tried so far this year, I liked! But seriously — Two Brothers Peppermint Bark Porter. That’s what it was called. I wish I liked chocolate mint because I bet that would be amazing! Though I’m not sure how far outside of the Chicagoland area they sell Two Brothers…
That beer looks delish and I REALLY need to read Bittersweet! I loved The Book of Broken Hearts and was disappointed by #scandal so I need to cleanse my Sarah Ockler palate!

Pump-KING for Halloween | Pub Date

Hello there! It’s Friday!! Hooray! We are also more than halfway to Halloween, which I will admit is not a favorite holiday of mine. I’m more into autumn decor than ghosts and goblins but I understand that some love it more than Christmas and Santa. Gasp! (Just kidding.) In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve, […]

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October 17, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Lucy - This is so fun! I love a good seasonal brew & in fact the man and I recently had a pumpkin beer tasting. We drank Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale, Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat, New Belgium Pumpkick (our fave) and Amer. Orig. Pumpkin Ale. I have to say that after awhile they all blend together haha.

The Southampton sounds really yummy! I hope I can find it here. Great tip about the cinnamon rim too.

Happy fall reading and drinking 🙂

October 17, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This will be my first year having pumpkin beers and I have grabbed a couple different ones to do a taste test. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS! I hope the ones I picked are good because if not I’ll be very sad, lol.

October 17, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES, those are exactly the kinds of pumpkin beers I like too! I first saw the title and I was like “Pumking!?!?” because that one tasted really alcohol-y to me BUT I realized it was a cute little play on words there with Stephen King. Excellent!
I agree. I actually haven’t really tried too many imperials because I know I won’t like them. The cans that I grabbed for my pumpkin taste test actually turned out to be pretty good once I got the taste of Pumking out of my mouth haha — but I agree. I like the good blend of spices but subtle flavors. A good balance!

I REALLY want to read this book. It sounds so interesting and it’s been on my TBR for a looooong time (like, almost since I joined Goodreads which is apparently like four years by now). I’m glad to see your recommendation! I really need to make time for it sometime!

October 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

Em M - I am a SUCKER for all the things pumpkin – especially pumpkin beer. I also have a tendency to put pumpkin spice on EVERYTHING during the month of October 🙂 Peanut butter toast, my coffee, my oatmeal, etc. I’m reading The Shining by Stephen King right now and it is scaring my socks off. Enjoy your pumpkin beer this weekend!

October 17, 2014 - 9:55 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Hi Estelle! I WISH I loved Pumpkin-flavored things! This makes me feel so silly around this time of year because not only do I not like pie and lattes, I don’t love the beer…EXCEPT just last weekend I found a fall seasonal pumpkin-flavored that I actually liked enough to BUY if I could find it at a store! It’s the Erdinger Oktoberfest and the reason that I love it is because it is based off of their Hef style and OMG it is delicious. It was a joyous occasion when I could actually claim a seasonal brew that I like since Mike LOVE LOVE LOVES them so much! Not sure if you’ve ever tried this brand but if you can find it, please do! Also, it’s a crime that I’ve not seen Hocus Pocus, right? I think probably so.

Pub Date: Fall Fest (Brews + a Book)

Our apartment windows are open; there’s pumpkin spice everywhere. Did you ever notice how people don’t know how to dress when seasons change? Some in shorts, others in boots while all the beer taps have had Oktoberfest and pumpkin-whatever for the last four weeks. (Sigh. The damn holiday creep.) Anyway, I’m glad the cooler weather […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Alexa S. - I just love seeing what beers you guys pick for each Pub Date post! That’s the fun part for me (and a great way for me to find recommendations from y’all). Also, I’ve not yet read Openly Straight, but I definitely want to. Add it to the TBR pile threatening to fall onto my head at any moment!

September 20, 2014 - 3:22 am

Cassie - FALL BEER IN A CAN!?? Can that sentence get better??? I THINK NOT! Plus, I’ve wanted to read this SINCE your review! 😀 I continue to ADORE this feature!!! <3 <3 xxoxoo

September 19, 2014 - 10:49 am

Brianna - Fall is my favorite time of year. We are not yet having fall in Northern Nevada, but I hope it hurries up. I want to wear pants and boots and sweaters. I am tired of dresses and sandals.

September 19, 2014 - 10:17 am

Mary @ BookSwarm - I’m in love with this post concept! As a beer & book lover myself, I have to admit that a good brew with a good book equals a near-perfect afternoon for me. I’m adding both the book and the beer to my to-try list. Cheers!

September 19, 2014 - 9:18 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - This book wasn’t on my radar before but it sounds really interesting! What do you think… Brittany book?
Ahh I get so jealous of everyone else’s local beers. I always feel like Chicagoland doesn’t have a lot of good local brews. But maybe I’m just used to them haha! They both look great! 😀

Pub Date: Fruit Beer 101

Welcome to another spirited spin of Pub Date here at Rather Be Reading Blog! So “back to school” might not mean what it used to back in the day, but I still have a soft spot for the season of new clothes, new pencils, and, hooray, the return of a crisp fall. Thanks to an […]

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October 17, 2014 - 9:01 am

Pump-KING for Halloween | Pub Date (Books + Beer) - […] House Pumpkin Ale at my supermarket this week.  This is the brewery right near my first college (I’ve mentioned this before) and their pumpkin has the subtle flavors I enjoy so much: spice, pumpkin and vanilla extract. This […]

August 24, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Alexa S. - I loved that beer we had when we hung out for craft night! I do tend to like fruity beers, so I suppose if I were too experiment (which I am doing more now, I promise!), I would probably go for those first. As for the book, I’ve still not read this one, though I know you liked it. I have to remember to check it out sometime!

August 24, 2014 - 5:05 pm

August 24 Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog - […] Pub Date: My philosophy on Fruit Beer + a book/beer pairing! […]

August 22, 2014 - 9:30 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I love it! This sounds yummy and I don’t know why but I have been SO into saisons these past few weeks. I agree — fruit beer is a great place to start non-beer drinkers because of the flavors that allude to juices or cocktails or wines and also it dampens the “beer flavor” for those who aren’t used to it. They’re not usually overly hoppy either, which I think is usually a turn-off to non-beer drinkers!
I haven’t read this one yet but it sounds good!! I love how it matches the beer too 🙂 I’m always up for underrated books and trust your recs, of course!