Hello biblios! It’s Thursday; which means that it’s time for another “Diversity Spotlight” post. Each time I complete another one of these posts I send a virtual high five to Bookshelves and Paperbacks because this is such a fun way to stay on top of my TBR. At the same time it gives me a platform to talk a bit about books I’ve already read and enjoyed so that you guys can go ahead and try them too.
So let’s get right to the books I’ve chosen for this week:
I read this book years ago but I still think about it all the time, and it’s one of those books that I’d like to have on my shelf so that I can hand it out to friends and family to read. Initially I wanted to talk about The Kite Runner over here but I quickly changed my mind. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a book of courage, strength and perseverance. It was a beautiful story of female friendship but also a really emotional read about the plights of women living in Afganistan. It was difficult to read at times because it was incredibly heartbreaking, but it is a book that sticks with you for a very long time.
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.
Element of Diversity: Transgender and Pakistani character
As soon as I read Loony Literate’s review of this book, I immediately added it to my TBR and knew it was a story that I cannot pass up. It sounds incredibly beautiful and the storyline seems unique. I keep thinking of Ava Lavender because it just comes across as a truly special story.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
I LOVE Bollywood movies. My favourite cricket team is India and it is my dream to visit the Taj Mahal at least once during my life time. Also, my late maternal grandfather was half Indian; and we still have close relatives living that side of the world. So as you can see, I am intrigued by the Indian culture and history… Which is why I am absolutely thrilled, beyond words that there is a YA contemporary book coming out with Indian characters. This is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2017!
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Release date: 30th May 2017
MORE 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!