Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. You can check out the announcement post for more information.
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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
“Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.“
I read this book back in 2014 and I’d be lying to you if I said I’d stopped thinking about since then. This book is so heart-achingly beautiful. Explores familial relationships, the meaning of love and loss, finding yourself and loving yourself. The relationships in this novel are almost tangible, and I especially love the stylistic choices Nelson makes. It’s divided into 2 parts; half the story is told from 13-year old Noah’s perspective, and the other half is told 3 years later from 16-year old Jude’s perspective. It’s an effective way to cover a long span and develop both characters without ever taking away from either narrative. If you haven’t done so already, please read this book!
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
“Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.
Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. in defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.”
Um, hello there. I came across this book on the Barnes & Noble fantasy blog, and knew I immediately had to add it – without reading the synopsis. I love the books Tor puts out. Only later when I read the synopsis did I realize that this not only has an entirely PoC cast, but also a gay romance at the forefront. And it’s out! I’m SO HYPE. I need this in my life and so do you. 🙂
It’s also only $3 on Kindle. 🙂
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
“On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?”
I don’t think I’ve ever read an immigration story before, which is weird- being an immigrant myself. I’ll definitely rectify that before the release of this book, but this sounds like an incredible, beautiful read. Gritty, honest, heartbreaking (I’m getting all this from the synopsis, wow me.) Wish it was releasing sooner.
This book releases on February 14th, 2017
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