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Diversity Spotlight #3

This is my third Diversity Spotlight! I am on a roll here huh? I guess this is not hard for me to do as I was gifted a lot of diverse books that I want to read. This meme is from Bookshelves and Paperbacks and it is designed to highlight a diverse book you have read, as well as promote other diverse books (released and not released)!

So far, I am really pleased so far with my reading habits, except I need to pick up the sci fi. I still want that to be, statistically, my main focus. However, it is hard to find as much diversity easily in science fiction especially the ‘classics’. So I need to develop more time to it and be more creative. Will do.

A Diverse Book I Read: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NgI read Everything I Never Told You on vacation in Lanzarote and I was totally obsessed. This book is about an Asian American family whose eldest daughter goes missing. It seems like a simple mystery plot, but it really is much more. This family drama novel delves deep into the characters of each family member. Incredibly complex, their narratives look at the ugly side of racism in America and the way it has trickled down into their children’s lives. It asks, what does it mean to be Chinese American and how is this different inherited?

I am reviewing it next week, so you do not have to wait long for a review! But I wanted to give it a little diversity highlight. Also ever since I picked it up, I have seen so many of my Goodreads friends reading it. Become my goodreads friend here.

A Book That is Released, But Not Read Yet: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up by Francesca ZappiaSo I got this for my birthday, along with a lot of other books, and I have not read it yet. Every day I look at this pile of books and I am getting through it slowly, I promise! I will read them all by the end of the year, trust me.

According to goodreads: “Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal”

I am really excited for this book because I want to delve a bit more into books that deal with mental health. Thanks to Laura!

A Diverse Book Not Yet Released: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia EmberI considered preordering The Seafarer’s Kiss, and will probably do it anyway, but I need to curb my book buying for the moment. The summary is as follows: Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.” (from goodreads).

Doesn’t that sound awesome? Kind of like a Nordic Little Mermaid except more diverse! I am really excited, plus I love the style of the cover.

Let’s discuss: what diverse books do you have your eyes on? Any recommendations?

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6 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight #3

  1. I won an ARC of Made You Up over a year ago and still haven’t read it. I’ve nothing but good things however, so I’m hoping to read it sometime this year. The Seafarer’s Kiss has such a gorgeous cover. I can’t wait to pick that one up. I’m always up for a retelling. Nice choices!

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