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
I haven’t taken part in this meme for a while, but don’t give up on me yet…
A book I have read and enjoyed
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
My rating: ★★★★✩
Why is it diverse? WOC main character, WOC author
Fledgling is what you call an Afrofuturist book, and it’s absolutely fascinating. It’s the story of a girl who wakes up naked in a cave, with no memory, and the sun burning her body. Soon, she finds out that though she looks 13, she feels much older. And she needs human blood to survive. Yes, that sounds pretty much like a vampire, but after various random encounters, she discovers she is actually more than the legends describe. Mixing pure fantasy and genetically modified DNA, Fledgling is an incredible read, which will make you think about racisme, equality and such. A unique and refreshing book which you should definitely read.
A book on my TBR
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Released: February 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Why is it diverse? WOC author and protagonist, based on Black Lives Matter
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.
I just purchased this book last week, and I heard so many good things about it, I can’t wait to start it after I finish City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie Anderson!
A book releasing soon
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Release date: October 17th, 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Why is it diverse? POC main character, WOC author
Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.
Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In that media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.
Another book that seems very true and moving, I can’t wait to read it and hear more about it.
And that’s it for this week’s feature! Please feel free to recommend diverse books in the comment, or share your own Diversity Spotlight Thursday!