Hello biblios! It’s Thursday; which means that it’s time for another “Diversity Spotlight” post!
I’m sure everyone has seen the hype around “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Every single person I know who read this book has said it was an incredibly important story for this day and age, and I don’t know about you but I’ve already added it to my shopping list. I’m really keen to read it as soon as possible!
Ever since I started this meme I’ve become extra aware about the books I read. I make more of an effort to read books that offer some form of insight into the life of someone from different circumstances than my own. I’m also looking into books about people who are similar to me so that I can relate to the stories being told. It goes without saying that I am truly grateful for this meme.
And on that note, let’s see what books have made the list for this week:
For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.
As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst–that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?
In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First, examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.
My Review: Jonathan Ball Publishers sent me this book in exchange for an honest review, and I intend to post my full review of it next week. But the reason I’m choosing ATKoW for this week’s meme is because I really enjoyed reading it. Eric Lindstrom offers a unique take on someone battling bipolar disorder and I feel that the message he delivers is so important: every person is different – even if they are suffering from the same condition. I read this book in one sitting because it was incredibly well written and pointed out things that my mind never even thought to consider. I’m choosing ATKoW for this week’s meme because Eric Lindstrom’s story is exactly why diverse books are vital – it gives the reader a chance to take a look into someone else’s world.
The four Amir sisters – Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae – are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage.
On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy. But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling.
Fatima is trying to find out who she really is – and after fifteen attempts, finally pass her driving test. Farah is happy being a wife but longs to be a mother. Bubblee is determined to be an artist in London, away from family tradition, and Mae is coping with burgeoning Youtube stardom.
Yet when family tragedy strikes, it brings the Amir sisters closer together and forces them to learn more about life, love, faith and each other than they ever thought possible.
Thoughts: Jonathan Ball Publishers sent me this book in exchange for an honest review after I put in a request to read it since it features Muslim characters. We all know that for many years Muslims have been placed in a negative light, and we all are very much aware of the plights of Muslim people today. As a Muslim woman I am so excited to read this book because it would be lovely to relate to characters in a contemporary fiction book. I also love that it is an own voice book.
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.
Thoughts: I loved Renee Ahdieh’s debut duology, The Wrath and The Dawn. I loved her writing style, her world building and characters. So naturally when I discovered she’ll be releasing a new series I immediately added it to my TBR. I’m excited that she’s going to have her book set in Japan and that it will once again be a light fantasy read.
Release date: 16th 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!