Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelves & Paperbacks that highlights the diverse literature in our world! The weekly meme consists of coming up with a book for three different categories: a diverse book that you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.
This is, regrettably, only my second stab at this meme. I forgot all about it until I saw this posts this afternoon and realized that hey! For someone that claims to be a #DiverseBookBlogger I should actually post, you know, diverse posts. Plus, the last time I did this was in October, back when I was a sorry excuse for a diversity advocate. I know so much more now!
Click the pictures for the links to their Goodreads’ pages!
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.
But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.
Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?
So if you haven’t seen my review for this book, you should go check that out to learn more about it, because it is fantastic! (The book, not the review, although the review is pretty great too.) Norah has OCD, agoraphobia, and a few other conditions, so this book is centered a lot around mental health.
This book came out just a little over two months ago, and I read it SO FAST. You know when you’re reading a book, and no matter how little free time you have, you always want to squeeze in a couple of pages before work, or school, or bed? YEP THAT’S THIS BOOK IN A NUTSHELL. All the stars. Read it.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
One word: timely. I am very interested in this book. My birthday is coming up next week, and this one is on my list! Hopefully I get to read it soon. I think that books that really go into the story of immigrants are extremely important in order to truly understand other people’s struggles.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
I actually really like this cover. It’s plain, but in a really cute way! The blurb to this one has definitely piqued by interest. This actually releases on March 14th – just a couple of days from now!
Sorry if this post sounded a little bit off, guys! I am currently functioning at a high level of sleep deprivation, due to the sheer amount of school work I’ve got to do. Good news is, next week is spring break! I just need to make it until then.
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Are any of these books on your TBR? Did you love them as much as I hope to? Tell me in the comments! 🙂