Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Day 4: Armchair BEA 2014- Giveaways & Beyond Borders

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One of the favorite days of past years is our day of giveaways! You host the giveaway on your own site and link it up here for all our participants to come and visit. Don’t forget to give Armchair BEA a little love when advertising, but you can choose your own guidelines and deadlines. 

Response to Giveaways:

I'm not hosting giveaways on this blog, but I AM hosting a giveaway on GOODREADS. (click goodreads for the giveaway). The book I'm hosting the giveaway for is Divergent Thinking edited by Leah Wilson. FACTION PINS INCLUDED. It would be great if you followed me on TWITTER and BLOGLOVIN, thank you!

Beyond the Borders 
It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going! 

Response to Beyond the Borders:

I knew one day I'd have to tackle this topic. Picking favorites is basically my kryptonite. But I will try my best, as I am not very confident with my answers. Well, ALL books transport you into a different worldbut depends what you've learned from it. For instance, Wonder by RJ Palacio got me to step in someone else's shoes and now I see disabled kids more differently (A GOOD DIFFERENT). They have feelings just like you and I. For English once, we read Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. It basically followed an 11 year old who is the smartest kid ever, but she can't walk, speak, or write. I understand the struggles, but I don't because I don't have them. But I can see books like The Fault in our Stars which has a very relateable protagonist. #DiversityinBooks is VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. I love traveling through and learning about cultures I've never heard of, different ethnics, etc in books. I think it's very important to me, as a reader, to know about the world around us and even better to learn about it in genres I enjoy! I really hope you guys are passionate about diversity in books as I am, or maybe you just live on the sidelines agreeing, but having a vital opinion.

I love seeing passionate people; that light that enters their eyes when they start talking about something they love, the massive smile that slips onto their face when they realize someone’s listening, I just love passionate, enthusiastic people and I wish more people would be like that. Spread the Diversity and Read Beyond the border lines.

That's it for today's topic. Let me know what you think! Have a great day guys!


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  2. I'd never really noticed how YA books lacked diversity till a year or so ago. Now most readers are asking for diverse books, and while there's still a long way to go, things are gradually changing. GLBTQ+ novels for teens are becoming a strong army, so to speak. Cultural diversity is slowly making a breakthrough. Disability is still struggling to be represented though. Like you, I hope to read more diverse books in the near future...not just having to seek them out because it's politically correct, but being given a great choice of them among the genres I usually like to read!

    Cute banner BTW :).

  3. I do feel there is a lack of diversity in YA, which should be changed because it's one of the first genres that is, in some ways, international. The English Novel, as a genre, is naturally focused on England, whereas Icelandic sagas are all about Icelanders. One I did like was 'Untold' by Sarah Rees Brennan because the main character is half-Chinese. It was just great to see that and great answer on your part :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. Out of My Mind sounds super intriguing!

  5. Great picks for diverse books! I love that there are a good options out there these days and that there are more being added every day!

  6. You addressed diversity in the same way I did. I think it is important to have books where there are main characters who are disabled. I have children with disabilities and would love for them to see that there are books that have characters like them in them, too.

    Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

  7. I love books about books, so I'd love to read Divergent Thinking! Thanks for the great giveaway :)

  8. What a great response. I've gotten to where I'm reading more diverse books. I, like a previous commenter, liked Untold for the same reasons. I love learning about different cultures, and seeing how others deal with life in a way I could never know.

  9. "I just love passionate, enthusiastic people and I wish more people would be like that. "

    Yep, indeed! That's exactly why the book blogosphere can be such an awesome place: it's filled with amazingly passionate people.

  10. Love your view on diversity! TFiOS is a great example, so is The Kite Runner! So many things to learn and so much to feel from the learning! Thanks for a great post :)


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