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Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge

(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 the world around us. So when the lovely Rebecca at Reading Wishes approached us about co-hosting a diverse books reading challenge, on the heels of the amazing We Need Diverse Books campaign, we were immediately on board.

To be honest, sometimes we shy away from reading challenges because life can get so absolutely hectic and we don’t like to disappoint anyone, especially ourselves so — spoiler alert — we’re making this one easy peasy. Check it out:

the details.

Dive Into Diversity officially kicks off on January 1, 2015 and will run through December 31. Each month, Rebecca and RBR will publish a diverse post  with a Linky. Simply add a review or post you wrote about diverse books to the Linky, and that’s it!

what does diverse mean exactly?

We loved this explanation from the We Need Diverse Books Tumblr: “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

the good stuff.

There are no numbers of books associated with this challenge. Nope. (Though we do hope you challenge yourself to reading at least one diverse book a month.) There is an incentive for those of you who participate each month and also use our hashtag #DiversityDive to spread the word. You know what this means… giveaways and more.

a little help from our friends.

Don’t know where to start and want some suggestions to get you started? No fear, we are here to help! Be sure to check out The Diversity Book Club (they are awesome), Dahlia Adler’s Quiltbag Compredium, and Rebecca’s Diversity Bookshelf on Goodreads.

kick-off giveaway.

Speaking of giveaways, we’re sharing our most memorable diverse books of the year!

the prizes:

1. We will send one book to two winners. The winners will have their option to choose from the seven books below.

2. Rebecca is also giving away a copy of her favorite 2014 diversity read, THE LAST LEAVES FALLING by Sarah Benwell.

The giveaway is open to anyone who can receive shipments from Book Depository, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. You must be 13 years or older to enter.

#DiversityDive Reading Challenge

The Curvy Girls Club | Everything Leads to You | Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
Even in Paradise | Rites of Passage | Say What You Will | The Tragedy Paper

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help spread the word.

Feel free to grab our Dive Into Diversity button and display it on your blog. You’ll just need to copy the text below the image. Dive into Diversity Reading Challenge

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We are so excited to go on this reading adventure with you guys and Rebecca! Make sure you check out her intro post and sign-up below to read more diversely with us in 2015!

 

official sign-up.

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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 :)

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