Hi readers! The Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal on her blog Bookshelves and Paperbacks and since reading diverse books is important to me, I’m now taking part every week.
The rules are simple: in your diversity spotlight post, you share three books
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
If you want to read more about it, you can check out the Announcement Post!
And without further ado, here are my features for this week!
A book I have read and enjoyed:
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Genre: Historical Fiction
My rating: ★★★★☆ (review)
Memoirs of a Geisha is set in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century and is the story of a little countryside girl, Chiyo, who is sold to a Geisha house in Tokyo. The story follows her from childhood to adulthood, and shows the harships of her life, from the prosperity of Tokyo to its downfall during WWII. I believe it is an interesting diverse read as first, it involves a culture many people are unfamiliar with, and the main character is a geisha, which is an occupation often despised by Occidental society while we don’t know much about it. Definitely an incredible book!
A book on my TBR:
Girl mans up by M-E Girard
Genre: YA, Contemporary
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth–that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
Girl mans up has just been released in September and it definitely looks like an interesting read!
A book releasing soon:
Girls like me by Lola StVil
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in schooll. When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn’t want to tell him who she is. But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love prevails.
Girls like me is the story of an overweight girl, which again, is something we don’t see a lot of in YA literature, and it was written by a POC writer. It will be released in October. I saw that it has mixed review on Goodreads, but it looks like something I could enjoy!
And that’s it for this week, feel free to recommend some diverse books in the comments!