3rd Blogoversary: Rashika’s Thank You + Diverse Lit Giveaway!

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I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years (and Faye has been blogging for 3!!!) so thank yous can get really hard since there are SO many people to thank. I am going to do my best to keep this short so you won’t have to spend hours reading!

Obvious shout out to my co-bloggers! Can you believe we’ve been blogging together for almost 2 years, Faye? *throws confetti*

More shout outs to Allie, Jasprit and Siiri for all being amazing human beings and dedicating 3 hours monthly to talk with me! <3

A shout out to Nick for being an amazing friend. I <3 YOU.

Another shout out to my BEA 2015 squad; Micheline, Amy & Giselle. Spending those couple of days with you in May was one of my highlights of 2015 and I will never forget that.

More shout outs to: Holly, Amber, Val, Shannon, Kara, Lynn, Pili, Jeann, Amir, Dre, Kelly, Keertana, Cait, Melanie, Lily, Keionda, Lauren, Danielle, Danielle, Wendy, Nikki, Linda, Alise, Tanja, Glass and a thousand more people I cannot think of right at this moment.

Thank you to every single person who has ever commented or visited our blog at any point. We APPRECIATE YOU. You give us motivation to keep blogging and providing you with awesome content.

Now for the part you are really here for…

THE GIVEAWAY

As you all know, diversity is something that is important to me. I try to promote it whenever possible and this time I am doing that by giving you a chance to win a book that features diversity! I’ll present you with a bunch of choices but if there is book that you want (that features diversity) that isn’t listed, feel free to let me know in the comments or if you win! :)

May the force be with you!

List of Books

Giveaway Rules

  • The book will be shipped via Book Depository or Amazon depending on your location.
  • The giveaway is open to ALL (just make sure Book Depository ships to your location)
  • You must be 13 or older in order to join
  • The Social Potato will not be responsible for any damaged/lost goods
  • Once a winner is announced, an email will be sent. If we don’t receive a reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be picked
  • And lastly…. No cheating allowed. We all know that cheaters don’t prosper.

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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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    • Rashika says

      I added Pointe to my TBR recently and I hope I’ll get time to read it in the near future since it sounds so good! :D
      THANK YOU SO MUCH, SUE!

  1. says

    Happy blog birthday! So much success in such a short time. High fives all around. I love your blog because it is always fresh and entertaining, and TRUTHFUL! That is a big deal for me. We need more diverse books because the more everyone understands each other the less hate there is! One thing I wish many of the bloggers understood is that in order for the publishers to support more diverse books, they have to buy and read and review what is already out there, to show the publishers there is a substantial market for them. I don’t know how many times I have seen bloggers tweeting, “We need diverse books!” and then they go right back to reading and reviewing their books about pretty white girls. They need to realize just tweeting a slogan doesn’t help much. Anyway, you girls are fabulous! I would choose George if I won. Congratulations and thanks for the wonderful (and diverse) giveaway. :)
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      • Rashika says

        Your comment cracked me up just a little, itty, bit, Linda <3 *sighs at all the books about pretty white girls* I totally agree with what you are saying though, saying you support a cause doesn't mean much when you're not actually doing anything to support the cause! I've been trying my best recently to find more and more ways to promote diverse books not just online but offline but shoving them at people's faces and stuff like that.

        I JUST BOUGHT GEORGE for myself so I am glad to hear you'd choose it if you won!

        THANK YOU for being an amazing human being! :)

  2. Linda Romer says

    Happy Blogoversary! Yes, we need more diverse books because we are a nation of diverse people ♡ I would choose Everything by Nicola Yoon. Thank you

  3. says

    yESSS I ALWAYS THINK WE NEED MORE DIVERSE BOOKS. I want to see diversity be just a normal thing in books. *nods* I want to read a book and not have to shout that it’s diverse because I want ALL BOOKS TO BE DIVERSE. *hyperventilates with need* AHEM. Anyway. HUZZAH FOR 3 YEARS BLOGG, RASHIKA. <3 You are utterly and entirely fabulous and I love your posts and your comments and tweets and ajfdklsadj all the things. YOU MUST KEEP BEING ENTIRELY AWESOME, OKAy?!?!? :D
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    • Rashika says

      SAME! I am tired of having to shout out that a book is diverse but I think we’re still in that stage where it is important to do that because there are so many books out there that AREN’T diverse. I just hope that sometime down the road, diversity will be as normal as anything else in the world. I LOVE YOUR POSTS, YOUR COMMENTS AND YOUR TWEETS. You should keep on being awesome, OKAY?!

    • Rashika says

      TBH, I always feel like I just started blogging though! There are always so many things to discover and so many things to learn and just SO MUCH. Diversity does definitely make life and books better ;)

  4. says

    I think you guys are friggin awesome! I’m friends with all of you on twitter, and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts :) But YES! I think diverse books are important. It’s good to have variety in the literary world, and representation. As a reader, I just like reading of different worlds and different people. I’m a white American. My world is pretty small if you think about it. There’s a lot out there that I don’t know on a personal level, and I’d love to read about it from a young adult perspective.
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  5. says

    Happy blogversary, Rashika! I cannot believe it has been three years! I don’t know how long I have been following your girls, but it seems like so much longer. Look how much you’ve grown! You should be so proud. All of you.

    And I’ve always admired your passion for diverse book and I have to agree, we ALWAYS need more diverse books. And I don’t think I could possibly choose out of the ones above. I’ve read To All the Boys I”ve Loved Before and Simon before but the rest are on my TBR… I want to read them ALL, especially the first four.
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    • Rashika says

      You are a sweetheart, Rachel! THANK YOU. And I was definitely trying to make all y’alls lives harder by giving you an assortment of wonderful choices :D

  6. says

    Do I like you? Nooooo! JUST KIDDING. I’m a big fan of your blog. I think you are doing a fantastic job. I’m very proud. Thank you for all the reviews, book recommendations and everything in between. I would love to see more diversity in books. I think it’s important to show all different types of culture. I absolutely loved The Wrath & the Dawn. It was so fabulous. I also enjoyed Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little. I have all those books above on my TBR list too. They all sound wonderful. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I’d choose The Wrath & the Dawn just so I can read it again.

    • Rashika says

      PLEASE LIKE ME. I TRY SO HARD. *runs away crying* Thank you so much for your kind words, Red! :) Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little was SO GOOD. I really liked it too! :) And I totally understand! I buy books for re-reading purposes all the time. :)

  7. says

    I think there’s always going to be a need for diverse because the world is constantly evolving. Eventually the diversities we see now will be normal and there will be a different set of people to face adversities. I would like to win Written in the Stars because I’ve never read a book about arranged marriages and it’s a topic I want to be more exposed to. I LOVE YALL! I read every single one of this blog’s posts. I don’t comment a lot, but I read everything.

    • Rashika says

      You are absolutely right, Sarah, which is why diversity is so important! Everyone should be represented! Written in the Stars also has the added advantage of having a stunning cover ;) Thank you SO MUCH, Sarah <3

    • Rashika says

      Simon was SUCH a great book and I hope that even if you don’t win, you’ll find an opportunity to read it! It is WORTH IT :)

      Thanks Nina!

  8. says

    OMGOSH CONGRATULATIONS YOU WONDERFUL SPUDS!! Three years, that’s a heck of a long time, and I just want to say that I’m so, so glad to have met you girls along the way. You all write such in-depth reviews, and I trust all of your recommendations. <3 <3

    And yesss, we definitely need more diverse books. Always. Be it characters, or even you know…non-cliches. Always a given that diversity is something that needs to be addressed.

    Congratulations again you wonderful humans, here's to many more years of blogging! xx
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    • Rashika says

      I AM SO GLAD to have met you in these couple of years, Joy! You are a wonderful human being and I love hearing what you have to say! :)

      Exactly! Diversity is definitely something that needs to be addressed`because there is more than one type of human being who inhabits our planet.

      Thank you SO MUCH, Joy! *tackle hugs*

  9. says

    I definitely think we will always need more diverse books! They are important for different reasons, one is so that those who don’t get many characters or stories that really speak to them get more, and another is that those who are more sheltered can learn more empathy and understand those that are different from them better.
    The best diverse stories to me are those that just tell a great story, and where the characters or circumstances just happen to be diverse.
    This is an amazing giveaway, happy blogoversary to The Social Potato!!
    Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading :)
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    • Rashika says

      I totally agree. I also do think that given the time period we are in, we still need stories that talk about what it means to be diverse. I think, at this point, being diverse sets you apart rather than it just being another part of your identity and to transition into that being something that is widely accepted and normal will take some time. I hope we can get there someday! :)

      Thank you so much, Lexie! :)

  10. says

    Aweeee Rashika!! I’m so honoured to be mentioned here!! *hugs* And also super happy that we got to meet at BEA last year!! You’re the cutest human owl ever (were-owl maybe? ;) ).

    I agree that we need more diversity in books because we need the books out there to represent the diversity that is out there! I’m trying to do my bit showcasing diverse books and also buying and reading them (you know the old “put your money where your mouth is” adagio).

    Happy blogoversary to you all and special extra hugs to you Rashika! Thank you for the giveaway!!
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    • Rashika says

      I AM? REALLY? Are ya SURE? I am also glad we got to meet at BEA last year <3 Are you planning on coming this year again? Because you totally should!

      Same! The best way to support it is to just keep on buying and reading them because that's what will let them publishers know that people WANT diversity! :)

      Thank you for the special extra hugs. I APPRECIATE THEM.

  11. says

    I agree, there should be more diverse books. It’s nice to see quite a few of them now. I think it’s important, especially for children’s books, so everyone has a book character they can relate to. I’d like to win Young Elites. I really enjoyed it! Congrats on three years of blogging!!
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    • Rashika says

      I feel that! Children shouldn’t feel like they are the odd ones out because they aren’t being represented!
      Thanks so much, Molly!

  12. Cindy says

    Yay, congrats on your blogiversary! Three years is amazing!
    For the book, can it be a pre-order? If yes, then I will get The Rose And The Dagger. If not, then The Rose Society.
    Thank you for the giveaway, and congrats!

    • Rashika says

      I actually hadn’t considered pre-orders but I might depending on your location! I’ll let you know for sure if/when the time comes. :)

      Thanks so much!

  13. says

    So happy that your blog is three years old :D And yay for you having blogged for aaalmost three years, lol :) Stunning post Rashika. <3 Thank you for sharing about it :) Hope you won't stop blogging. <3 And thank you so so much for this gorgeous giveaway :)
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  14. says

    AHH! Happy blogoversery Faye, Rashika, and Aimee! 🎉 You know how much I absolutely adore all three of you. 💜 The Social Potato is one of my absolute favorite blogs, and I don’t know what I would do without you three and your wonderful insights and kind comments. Thank you for being such rock stars and for being such role models to other bloggers!
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    • Rashika says

      IDK what I’d do without you and your wonderful comments always makin my day, Zoe! <3 Thank YOU for being such an amazing human being in general!

  15. says

    Awww, congrats on the three years! That’s fun!

    Thanks for the shout out. <3

    I do think we need diverse books because who wants to read about the same things/people all. the. time? No one. Well, not me anyway. :) Oh, I would want to win…If You Could Be Mine. YES, I LIKE YOU.
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    • Rashika says

      BAHAHAHAHAHAAHA I am glad you like me because otherwise that shout out would have been awkward…
      I am so excited you said If You Could Be Mine!! :D I haven’t read the book myself but just ordered myself a copy so YAAS.

  16. says

    Woot Woot to three years!! Diverse books are so important. Some people especially kids aren’t always exposed to tons of diversity IRL for whatever reason and having books with diversity is a great way for people to start to experience things (did that make any sense?? It did in my head I swear!) So many great books you have listed – and so many I want to read – especially The Summer Chasing Mermaids and Under the Lights.

    • Rashika says

      It totally makes sense! Whether or not that’s because you are coherent or I can read your mind, I cannot tell you for sure! :P And I AGREE! :D

      The Summer of Chasing Mermaids was one of my favs of the year so I am glad to hear you want to read it! :)

      Thank you, Grace! :)

  17. says

    It’s great that you;ve been bloggign to logn togetehr already! I tried co-blogging once and it wans’t for me, so I am always impressed by bloggers who make the co-blogging work and make it look fun. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve had my eyes on A Summer of Chasing Mermaids for a while, it sounds really good. I also heard great things about to all the boys I loved before. I never heard fo A La Carte before, is it about food? I love food. And Aristotle and Dante disover the secrets of the universe is also a book I heard great things about. I would have a hard time deciding which book to pick if I would win.
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    • Rashika says

      A la carte IS about food! :D I love food too which is why I was so excited to hear about it! Not a lot of YA lit out there that deals with food and I LOVE ME SOME FOOD.
      I totally tried to make everyone’s lives harder by choosing a bunch of amazing books ;)
      Thanks so much, Lola! :)

  18. says

    Congratulations! The Social Potato is definitely one of my favourite blogs and it’s one of the most memorable, too. All you who contribute to it, Faye, Aimee, Aentee and you, Rashika, are individual and unique and your posts are all gorgeous and captivating. They make me get excited about things, they make my passions awake, and to get that only from a blog- to get ispiration and new favourite books and feel so very hopeful- it’s incredible. It’s an excellent feat. xx
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  19. says

    YAY! finally a giveaway i can take part in! :p i do appreciate that you’re giving away books that are very diverse. that’s part of the whole reason why i decided to recently start book blogging too! i want to put the spotlight on the ‘underdog’, so to speak. :)

  20. says

    AWW thank you for mentioning little old meeee! I feel honored and giddily happy :D And CONGRATS on the blogoversary! Three years is amazing!

    And absolutely, diverse books are SO important! This is a perfect giveaway choice, because they need to be both published AND read, of course! I have read more than half of the ones on your list, so I am giving myself a nice pat on the back ;) And If You Could Be Mine has me intrigued, so I shall go to Goodreads and look it up! Congrats again on the three years :D
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    • Rashika says

      You deserve to be mentioned because you are adorable and perfect! <3

      YES. If they aren't being read they won't be published, which is why I always keep trying to push them at people (I am a horrible pusher with an agenda) I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR that you've read more than half of them *pats you on the back* I've read almost half of them but have all of them on my tbr and own copies of the ones I haven't read so I can get cracking on those! :DD

      Thanks so much, Shannon <3

  21. says

    Oh my goodness, so many books I would love to get my hands on! From your list, I’ve only had the chance to read “Simon” and “Everything, Everything”, but I’ve heard only great things about the others. Whoever wins will have one very hard choice ahead!

  22. says

    Do YOU think that we need more diverse books? If so, why? Which one of the books would you like to win? DO YOU LIKE US?

    We most definitely need more diverse books, but I’m so proud of the diversity that is starting to come through, and the people supporting and promoting diverse books. We’re helping to get these books into the hands of those who need them, and I think that’s brilliant. But there are still so many more books need, so that books with white cishet able-bodied people stop outweighing all other identities.

    I am torn between wanting to win More Happy Than Not, which I’ve just finished and loved (borrowed, not owned), The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and Under the Lights – I’ve heard such amazing things about both!

    I’ve only just discovered The Social Potato today, but as you guys are supporters of diverse books, I love you guys! :)
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  23. Suz Reads says

    Love your blog! I think we can always use more diverse books! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win and get The Young Elites!

  24. Kristia says

    Happy blogoversary! Of course I like you, otherwise I wouldn’t follow you for so long hehe :) I’d love to win The Wrath and the Dawn, thank you for the giveaway :)

  25. says

    Happy Blogoversary !!!! *throws confetti around*
    i hope this year was awesome for you guys and that the next will be even more amazing! :D
    i definately think that there should be much more diverse books.of course for years we see here and there few books that have a main character that doesn’t fit the mainstream character description but still there should be books about all kinds of people and characters.not only the race, the religion, the skin colour,the sexual tendencies but we also need books about different ideas around life and how people all around the world live their days.there are many interesting people that could be an inspiration for a wonderful book, despite the genre it belongs.
    diversity in books in much needed and should be essential if we want to create a better future.it may sound a tad bit pretentious but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the truth.if a person can find peace, knowledge and association in the pages of a book, then this book will mold his perspective about small facts of his/her life. by doing so, the book, will have an impact and by this exact impact the person will broaden his/her horizons and accept or at least consider things and situations that never crossed his/her mind before.
    moreover, the diversity will expand the authors’ writing and ideas.they could create a character that is completely different and unique. they could create a whole universe filled with different people.
    and last but not least, the reader, the one that until that day couldn’t really relate with the characters could find himself/herself immersed in a world that isn’t organized in margins but is free and different and unique.
    sorry for the long text and once again, guys CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 3RD YEAR!~~~~WOOT-WOOT!!! <3<3<3

  26. says

    Happy Blogoversary !!!! *throws confetti around*
    i hope this year was awesome for you guys and that the next will be even more amazing! :D
    i definately think that there should be much more diverse books.of course for years we see here and there few books that have a main character that doesn’t fit the mainstream character description but still there should be books about all kinds of people and characters.not only the race, the religion, the skin colour,the sexual tendencies but we also need books about different ideas around life and how people all around the world live their days.there are many interesting people that could be an inspiration for a wonderful book, despite the genre it belongs.
    diversity in books in much needed and should be essential if we want to create a better future.it may sound a tad bit pretentious but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the truth.if a person can find peace, knowledge and association in the pages of a book, then this book will mold his perspective about small facts of his/her life. by doing so, the book, will have an impact and by this exact impact the person will broaden his/her horizons and accept or at least consider things and situations that never crossed his/her mind before.
    moreover, the diversity will expand the authors’ writing and ideas.they could create a character that is completely different and unique. they could create a whole universe filled with different people.
    and last but not least, the reader, the one that until that day couldn’t really relate with the characters could find himself/herself immersed in a world that isn’t organized in margins but is free and different and unique.
    sorry for the long text and once again, guys CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 3RD YEAR!~~~~WOOT-WOOT!!!
    <3<3<3

    PS:i would love to win,if that happens of course, either Young Elites or An Ember in the Ashes ^^

  27. Megan S. says

    I think we definatley need more diverse books – because everyone needs to be represented! :-) I would be particulaly interested in reading more books with autistic protagonists. If I won, I would love to choose The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler :-)
    I love the blog! Thank you for the giveaway!

  28. Ana M. says

    We definitely need more diverse books, everyone should be able to identify with people in books, especially because it is known how much that helps children and teenagers feel good about themselves…
    I really want to read Everything Everything it sounds lovely :)

  29. says

    Congrats on three years!
    Of course we need more diversity in literature! Not only does it broaden the readers’ knowledge of that particular race and/or culture but it gives something for people from that race and/or culture to read. Most characters are white and straight (not that there’s anything wrong with being white and straight) but not everyone relates to that. We need characters that are as diverse as people are in the real world! I personally would love to win The Wrath and The Dawn because I’m a huge fan of fantasy novels, and I love your blog so far!