2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: December Recap

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: November Recap

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: October Recap

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: September Recap

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: August Recap

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: July Roundup

Friday, July 31st, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: June Roundup

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: May Roundup

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: April Roundup

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: March Roundup

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: February Roundup

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to roll these two challenges into a single monthly wrap-up post, given that there’s just so much overlap. I’ll begin with each challenge’s logo, followed by a cover gallery for that month’s books. At the bottom of the post you’ll find a bullet list of titles, along with some notes on why I think they qualify (or might qualify; a few of the books are a little iffy) for the challenge. Easy enough, right?

 

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2015 Dive Into Diversity Challenge: January Roundup

Sunday, February 1st, 2015


 

So I’m off to a strong start for the year – every single one of my January reads was diverse in some way! Occasionally the diversity came as an unexpected, pleasant surprise (such as in Stitching Snow and Winterspell), while other times I thought it was a good start, but one that had me yearning for more (e.g., A Murder of Crows). In some cases, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself. (Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.) I briefly considered making an “honorable mentions” category, but I’m just way too indecisive for that.

Seeing as there’s so much overlap with the LGBT Challenge, I’ll just copy and post the relevant titles to that list; same deal.

 

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2015 Reading Challenges

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Since I had so much fun participating in the 2014 “Real Book” Challenge, I decided to take on a few more in 2015. There are an astounding array of book challenges out there – everything from reading A to Z (books with titles that start with every letter of the alphabet from A to Z) to POPSUGAR’s epic reading challenge checklist – so to keep things simple, I’m sticking to just three: the Real Book Challenge, along with two new-to-me challenges that promote diversity in literature. Plus one pledge and a quote challenge. No biggie!

 

2015 Reading Challenge

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Overall Goals

My goal for the year is a handy 105 books – 2 a week, plus one for good luck – which I’ll keep track of on Goodreads. I killed it in 2014 (148 books!), but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep up this pace, if at all. So I’m being realistic!

 
 

2015 “Real Book” Challenge

I’m shooting for 50 real books, which is nearly half my overall goal, and is the same as my revised goal for last year. This puts me right on the border between a Real Book Hoarder (accurate) and a Queen. I won’t even bother trying to list all the books I’d like to get to this year, since my to-read pile can only be described as “outrageous.”

 
 

Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge 2015

Challenge hosts Rachel (Reading Wishes) and Magan and Estelle (Rather Be Reading) use the following guideline for choosing books for the Dive Into Diversity Challenge (courtesy of 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.” They challenge participants to read at least one diverse book a month, or 12 in a year.

Since there’s going to be some overlap with the LGBT Challenge (see below), I’m shooting for at least 24 diverse books – 12 which feature LGBTQI protagonists/authors and another 12 featuring people of color, people with disabilities, and/or ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Seeing as I already gravitate towards books featuring female protagonists and those written by women, and thus could easily ace this challenge without changing my reading habits at all, I won’t bother including those titles in this challenge unless they’re diverse in other ways.

Here are just a few of the books I hope to tackle for this challenge*:

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LGBT Challenge 2015

Last but not least is the LGBT Challenge, now in its second year at Niji Feels. For this challenge, participants can read any book “that falls under the L(esbian) G(ay) B(isexual) T(ransexual) T(ransgender) Q(ueer) Q(uestioning) I(ntersex) A(sexual)+ spectrum.”

With the help of the following titles, I’m shooting for Omnivorous Bookglutton: 10+ LGBT books from any genre. Or 12, in my case.

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2015 We Need Diverse Books Pledge

We Need Diverse Books HQ is also challenging folks to diversity their reads in 2015. This one’s more of a pledge than a challenge, though, so I won’t bother doing a monthly wrap up post like I will with the others. Besides, the Dive Into Diversity challenge pretty much covers it! You can download a badge for twitter, tumblr, and instagram here; since 24 wasn’t an option, I rounded up to 25 – a number I’m fairly confident I can beat!

 
 

2015 Book Memories Challenge

I spotted this one on tumblr at the eleventh hour and just couldn’t resist! I’m probably too lazy to go the book jar route (plus my handwriting is dreadful, so there’s that), but hopefully I’ll have a nice, shiny roundup to show you guys this time next year.

 

* The Saga and Tankborn covers look so purty together! I just wanna frame ’em and hang ’em on the wall, pop art styley.