Hello biblios! It’s Thursday; which means that it’s time for another “Diversity Spotlight” post!
This meme has very quickly become one of my most anticipated blog posts of the week, and I am always so excited to put together another one of them. I find that it’s also a lovely way to meet new people across the book blogging community, and see what diverse books they’ve all been reading/ hope to read.
So let’s get right to the books I’ve chosen for this week:
I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
My Review: I read Malala’s book in 2015, around the time I started blogging; and it was one of my top 5 books for that year. It was incredible! Malala’s story will inspire and uplift you in so many ways. Her strength and resilience has seen many children from all over the world get access to a better education and if you’ve ever taken your schooling for granted just one time in your life, then this book will change your entire perspective. It is powerful, gripping, devastating and cruel; but at the end of it all it is a book telling a true story of how one person can make an extraordinary difference to the lives of many. I highly, highly recommend it.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.
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, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. 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 upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Thoughts: I don’t know a single book enthusiast who is not sitting on the edge of their seat, just waiting to read this book. By the time this blog post goes live, this book will have already been released, which is why I added it to my TBR. I think this book is LONG overdue and I’m so ready for it.
Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.
When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.
Thoughts: This book sounds like it will be filled with adventure and self-discovery, and I am really keen to get my hands on it soon! I’ve read a few books with Mexican-American main characters, and I loved them all so I have no doubt this one will be just as good.
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!