Thursday, May 29, 2014

Armchair BEA: Giveaways Galore and Beyond the Barriers!


       Unfortunately here is another year that I couldn't make it to BEA :( Living in Texas and going to NYC is a bit too far for me. Especially going by myself. I just couldn't make the leap to do it. Next year tho I am MAKING my mom go. She'll be retired by then so it'll be ok lol But ANYWAYS, since I can't go, I will be bringing BEA to me.... And my armchair lol

GIVEAWAYS GALORE

Welllll seeing as Rafflecopter completely deleted my last giveaway, let’s hope it doesn't do that this time too. For Armchair BEA I will giveaway for any book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble $10 or less. Or, I can send you a $10 gift card and you can buy it yourself if you like! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I had another giveaway for my paperback copy of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick that I tried to give away, but Rafflecopter deleted the entire thing. I just MIGHT include that to your win… Or I might choose another winner. 

BEYOND THE BARRIERS

     As a minority in the real world (and well in the reading world too), this topic is right up my alley. I actually did my TTT ondiversity. It was a freebie topic and I chose Diversity. It featured any books that feature books LGBTQ characters, characters that are of different ethnicities, and characters that feature a disability.
     Some of the LGBTQ books I picked were Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan and Great by Sara Benincasa! Two Boys Kissing featured  really cute YA book spine poem while Great features an old classic told with a few different details changed around.
Two Boys KissingGreat
     And there are some really some great books out there that feature Asian characters like Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. One of the most recent ones is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. 
Eleanor and ParkCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
     There’s also some really great books featuring characters of Hispanic descent. My favorite books with Hispanic characters are the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles, The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler, and How my Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski .
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)The Book of Broken HeartsHow My Summer Went Up in Flames

     As for disabilities, I've only ever read one (that I remember) that features a character with one. It was What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It really hit home because my sister has a similar disability to Emory. It doesn't have a name and it hasn't been diagnosed. 
What I Thought Was True
     The biggest impact these stories had was the fact that I related so much to them. As a straight African American female I’m not 100% like them, but I’m still in the minority and can understand where a lot of those characters are coming from. I learned a lot about their different cultures and why they do some of the things they do. That's always the best part. Finding out what makes each person different.
      Also, there aren't many books that I've read about people like me, but I'm looking for them. If you have any recs let me know. I have one in mind that I plan to read soon! It is Pointe by Brandy Colbert! Leave me more to make my TBR pile grow ever more! 
Pointe


34 comments:

  1. Ahhhh Eleanor & Park!! :)

    This is my 2nd Armchair BEA. Love the discussion topics each day!

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  2. Fun! I am loving Armchair BEA. This is my first year participating :)

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  3. What a great list!
    Thanks for hosting a giveaway, I hope you are enjoying the armchair BEA.

    Gillian @ www.bookmusings.com

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  4. Am I the only one who hasn't read Eleanor & Park? (yes, yes I am.)

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    1. I haven't either. I really want to read it though. This month was my first time reading any Rainbow Rowell books.
      So no, you're not alone! :D

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  5. This is my first Armchair BEA! Having a ball.

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I've never participated in Armchair BEA and this is my first experience. I've been loving this experience! I love the discussion questions. I love visiting and discovering new blogs to follow. I love having spontaneous discussions in the comments session of blogs. I love meeting other bloggers. And my Armchair BEA experience has been made all the more wonderful by my participation as a Cheerleader.
    Great experience that I would highly recommend!

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  7. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! This is my first year participating and I've been enjoying it so far :)

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  8. This is my first time at the Armchair BEA and it's been awesome! Really fun to meet so many like-minded people. I even volunteered at one of the twitter parties which was crazy trying to keep up but fabulous fun!
    Suzy Turner, Fiction Dreams

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  9. This is my second time participating in ABEA. I love how it was organized this time. (I wish I'd actually taken advantage and planned all my posts in advance, but... that's on me.)

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  10. This isn't my first ABEA and it won't be my last. I'm planning on going to BEA when it's in Chicago in 2016!

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  11. This is my 4th time in ArmchairBEA and I'm loving the Twitter parties.

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  12. This is my first year of Armchair BEA and I love it, even if it's a lot of work!

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  13. Like April, I really dug Cinder and E&P. Oh my word, Rainbow Rowell. I love her so much! I did Armchair BEA last year and this year and I've had a blast!

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  14. The only book I have read from your list is Cinder (which I absolutely love and is the book I am giving away for ArmchairBEA)
    But there are so many on your list that I really want to read. Dangerous by Shannon Hale has a main character with a physical disability.
    This is my first time participating in Armchair BEA and I have been having a lot of fun. I don't think I was ready for how overwhelming the week could be though (at least for me).
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  15. This is my third year participating in Armchair BEA. Each year I think it will be too much work and every year I'm wrong - it's so much fun to get so many new blog visitors all at once. I kind of wish it happened twice a year instead :)

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  16. This is my first ABEA, and I've loved it. It's definitely made me realize how much that I want to go to BEA next year! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Can I just say that I love all of your diversity recommendations? I've heard so many good things about Great. I HAVE to read it soon!

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  17. What great diversity picks! I really want to read Great and Pointe!!

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  18. Great book picks! Really do love a lot of them!

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  19. I want to read Pointe too!

    This is my third Armchair BEA. I keep coming back because it is a great way to meet new bloggers.

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  20. I love Armchair BEA. This is my second year reading all the wonderful posts.

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  21. I've read and loved some of the books you mention here, especially Eleanor and Park. Great post! Thanks for the giveaway! This is my third time doing ABEA and it's as awesome as it was in the past, maybe even better.

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  22. Cinder is a book long on my TBR list. Must get on to it. I am enjoying Armchair BEA a lot more this year because I am a little more in to book blogging than I was this time last year. Thanks for giveaway opportunity.

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  23. Thanks for having a great giveaway. I've signed up for Armchair BEA for many years, but this is really the first year I've participated.

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  24. I'm dying to get my hands on What I Thought Was True!!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. This is my first year - it's been a bit hectic but great all the same meeting new bookish friends.

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  26. This was my first year. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't sick for most of it.

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  27. I've never participated before this year but I think it's great!

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  28. This was my first year participating in Armchair BEA. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people. =)

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  29. This was my second year participating in Armchair BEA. I enjoyed maybe better than last year since I was a cheerleader this time and it forced me to interact more with others. That's where the enjoyment of participating comes in.

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  30. This year was my first that I have participated in Armchair BEA. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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