Hello biblios, and welcome to another Diversity Spotlight Thursday post! I’ve been really excited about these weekly posts because it is a way for me to keep my TBR organized and so that I know which books to prioritize. Visit Aimal’s blog and have a look at everyone taking part in this meme.
Before I begin, I know this post is a day late but I prepared it last week already and was super excited to publish it. We had a funeral in the family yesterday so I had no time to blog but I loved writing this meme and knew I needed to publish it even though it’s a day late.
So with that out of the way, let’s get right to the books I’ve chosen for this week:
READ AND ENJOYED: WHISPER TO ME BY NICK LAKE
Element of Diversity: Narrator battles psychotic dissociation
Whisper to Me is a really underrated book that I feel deserves a higher rating on Goodreads. The story follows a teenage girl who suffered a trauma, triggering psychotic dissociation. In other words, she starts hearing a voice. The book is written as a love letter to a boy – whose name we never learn – and it explains the events leading up to the point where everything goes wrong between the two.
I feel like a lot of people don’t really know what this book is about because the cover is so beautiful that you immediately think it is a light read. The blurb was also really misleading to me so I think it’s important to get it out there that this is a really important story. In this book Nick Lake doesn’t only explain what’s happening to the main character. He also explains the treatment and puts everything into perspective so that the reader can form a better understanding of this illness. I loved this book, and I highly recommend it.
Link to review: Full review of Whisper to Me
I’ve seen this book floating around on Bookstagram for a while but I just figured it was another fluffy YA book and ignored all the hype completely. But then I happened upon a review of Under a Painted Sky and I was really surprised by what it’s actually about… Turns out this book is a historical fiction! Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
It sounds like a really interesting and emotional read. And I’m really big on historical fiction so this is right up my alley. It will also be a book out of my comfort zone since I’m not really into Western/Cowboy books.
TO-BE-RELEASED: THE GAUNTLET BY KARUNA RIAZI
Element of Diversity: Seems to be mostly Muslim characters
The Gauntlet follows three friends from New York City, who finds themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game. The trio need to save themselves, along with generations of other children, by dismantling the game; in an action-packed debut story that is said to be a “steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair”. This sounds fascinating to me! And I am so ready to read more fantasy books with Middle Eastern influences. Also, THERE’S A HIJABI ON THE COVER!!!
Release date: 28th March 2017
ABOUT THE “DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY” MEME:
“Diversity Spotlight Thursday” is a weekly book blog meme hosted by Aimal of Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every Thursday book bloggers who choose to participate, post about a diverse book fitting each of these categories:
- A diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed
- A diverse book on your TBR
- A diverse book that hasn’t been released yet
What books would you recommend under these three headings? Have you read any diverse books lately? And are you supportive of the campaign to have more diverse books written? Let’s chat in the comments below!