(Very special thanks to Rachel for designing theÂ amazingÂ 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 hecticÂ and we don’t like to disappoint anyone, especially ourselves so — spoiler alert — we’re making this one easy peasy. Check it out:
Dive Into DiversityÂ officially kicks off on January 1, 2015 and will run through December 31. Each month, Rebecca and RBR will publish a diverse post Â 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 ClubÂ (they are awesome), Dahlia Adler’s Quiltbag Compredium, and Rebecca’s DiversityÂ Bookshelf on Goodreads.
Speaking of giveaways, we’re sharing our most memorable diverse books of the year!
1. We will send one bookÂ 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 isÂ open to anyone who can receive shipments from Book Depository, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. You must be 13 years or older to enter.
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.Â
<a href=”http://ratherbereadingblog.com/dive-into-diversity-intro-sign-up” title=”Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge”><img src=”http://ratherbereadingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/DiversityDive-Challenge-Button.png” alt=”The 2015 Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>
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!