#YADiversityBookClub: Anniversary Giveaway

YA Diversity Book Club

In the YA Diversity Book Club, we chat about the latest YA books that celebrate diversity. Our book club includes Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Kristan @ We Heart YA and Kristina @ Gone Pecan. This month we are celebrating our one-year anniversary!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since this book club began! We were inspired by the We Need Diverse Books movement to read more diversely. Here’s a look at the books we’ve read in our first year:

I hadn’t really been in a book club before so this has been an interesting experience. I really like our book chats and I always end up looking at a book differently based on the insights of my fellow book club members. The author interviews also help to enhance the experience as the authors talk about their inspiration and feelings on diversity in publishing. Each month a couple of us will have “freebie” posts where we can expand on one of the topics found in the book. At first that really intimidated me but now I enjoy these discussion posts.

In terms of choosing the books we read we all keep an eye on upcoming books and make suggestions to the group. One thing we noticed is that we are light on fantasy reads so we are going trying to fix that going forward.

As a group we have varied interests and we try to cover a wide range of topics in our book selections. My main interest is LGBTQIA and I’d love to see more books about gender issues. I have a transgender teenager and so of course I’d like for him to be able to see himself in the books he reads.  So far there is not a big selection out there. (If you have any favorites let me know!)

Something we want to do more of in the next year is to reach a wider audience with read-alongs. With that in mind, Kristan put together a group Tumblr (yadiversitybookclub.tumblr), Twitter (@WeReadDiverseYA) and hashtags #YADBC and #YADiversityBookClubs so we can open the book club up to more people. We really want to know what you have to say so check out our book schedule and if you are interested in reading along with us please do!

We have some great books lined up to read for the rest of the year and right now we are planning out our 2016 schedule. What 2016 diverse books have caught your eye?

Since it’s our anniversary month we don’t have a book of the month feature, but check back next month when we are featuring EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon. In the meantime, let’s celebrate this milestone with a giveaway!

YA Diversity Book Club Anniversary Giveaway:

YADBC Anniversary Book Giveaway

Add some diverse books to your bookshelf! One (1) winner receives all the books pictured above:

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour (paperback)

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (hardcover) – our last book club pick!

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (hardcover)

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout (hardcover)

Like No Other by Una LaMarche (hardcover) – our first book club pick!

Joyride by Anna Banks (ARC)

Giveaway open to US addresses only, to ages 13 and up and ends one week from today.

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16 thoughts on “#YADiversityBookClub: Anniversary Giveaway

  1. I checked out your list for the rest of the year and you’ve got some books on there I’ll be reading too. Awesome list, congrats on making it to one year:-)

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    1. Lucy says:

      Oh great! Hope you’ll join us in a twitter chat one of these months 🙂

  2. Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! As far as diverse books go, the first thing that popped into my head was Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.

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    1. Lucy says:

      Your review got me very interested in Locomotion! I need more Woodson in my life.

  3. Nadine says:

    The Perks of Being a Wildflower….taught at high school level.

    1. Lucy says:

      Thank you- Perks is a classic!

  4. Sandy says:

    Lies We Tell Ourselves in my favorite diversity read…..so far. This was such a hard decision. folks. I have read so many diverse books since finding your blog and I want to say a big THANK YOU for that. Our society is changing so much and we are ourselves have to change too, to close ourselves off and not recognize the diverse population we have is to see the world around us with our eyes shut. Also happy birthday – here’s to another year of opening the eyes of others.

    1. Lucy says:

      Lies We Tell Ourselves is my favorite book we’ve read for book club. Glad you enjoyed it too! Thank you so much for your comment Sandy, it means a lot. Hope you’ll join us in one of our monthly twitter chats sometime!

  5. Angie says:

    Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks for the rec, Angie! I just put it on hold at the library 🙂

  6. Kristy Petree says:

    My favorite diverse book would probably be A Kiss in the Dark OR Undone by Cat Clarke (actually any of her books) or possibly If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. Thanks!

    1. Lucy says:

      I think I’ve only read one Cat Clarke book and I’ll look for A Kiss in the Dark. I need to read more of Woodson too. Thank you for the recs, Kristy 🙂

  7. I really loved Everything, Everything!! And Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda 🙂

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  8. Carol says:

    So many books to check out! I loved Black Dove White Raven, but haven’t read any of the other books mentioned, so I’m going to addd them to my TBR!

  9. Kimberly V says:

    The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

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