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 trying to take 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!
A book I have read and enjoyed
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental illness
My rating: ★★★★★
Released in 2015
Link to my review
I can’t believe I haven’t included this book in my Diversity Spotlight posts yet. Not only did I love it, but it is also very dear to me, because it deals with mental illness, and pictures a character who is mostly misunderstood because he stands out. And mental illness is very close to my heart, and it suffers from misunderstoods and prejudice. Honestly, I cried a lot while reading this book, but it was terribly worth it, and I definitely believe that it changed me forever.
“The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.”
Need I say more?
A book on my TBR
Cendrillon: A Carribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
Genre: Children Album
Release year: 2002
I know this is only a chilrden album, but I came across it while doing some research for my thesis, and I really want to get my hands on it.
You may think you know this story I am going to tell you, but you have not heard it for true. I was there. So I will tell you the truth of it. Here. Now.
A book getting released soon
City of Saints and Thieves by Nathalie C. Anderson
Release date: January 24th
Genre: YA, Mystery/Thriller
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.
With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.
And that’s it for this week! I really want to take part in this weekly meme more often but I was really busy this past few weeks which is why I didn’t get to post as often as I wished I had… Anyway. Feel free to share and recommend diverse reads in the comments, and have a nice day!