Diversity Spotlight Thursday: #3


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.

P.S. if you decide to participate (yay!), please feel free to use the graphics in this post. No credit is required! Also, if you link back to this post or the announcement post, and I’ll add a link to your post to mine!


eltyEverything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

“Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”

I haven’t read many LGBTQ books that don’t revolve around a character’s ‘coming out.’ This book is about one girl’s career, and her search for true love without it being about her sexuality- something that I hadn’t come across before. I really enjoyed Everything Leads to You. I’m not the biggest fan of contemporaries, but I loved how light it was without it being gimicky. It touched on important topics without seeming heavy-handed, and I really liked the backdrop of film sets and Los Angeles, in general.

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If I Was Your GirlIf I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

“Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.”

I own a copy of this book, and I can’t wait to get into it. I haven’t read a book revolving around a transgender character before, and because I know this is an #OwnVoices book, I’m very, very excited to read it.

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coming soon
22082082Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

“Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.”

This week’s post seems to be all about “I’ve nevers.” I’ve never read a book centering around a bisexual protagonist, so I’m very interested in reading this. I know Robin Talley’s other book has gotten rave reviews in the past, which also involves LGBTQ elements, so I’m very excited to see what she has in store for me. I still have a long way to go before I can read this, but I have my antennas alert. Also, look how cute the cover is. >.<

This book releases on January 31st 2017.

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  1. I love Everything Leads to You! I read it last month, I think, or earlier this month, and really loved Emi and Charlotte. It’s also great to learn a bit more about film sets.

    I’ve also read If I Was Your Girl and sadly can’t recommend it – I appreciate that it’s an #OwnVoices story, but I don’t think the plot and characters were as well-written as they could’ve been. :/

  2. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for both Everything Leads to You and If I Was Your Girl but both are on my to-read list just because I need to read more books which feature diverse characters and these seem like two great ones to start off with.
    Our Own Private Universe sounds really good as well, I’ll definitely be checking it out when it’s released. I’m the same I’ve never read a book with a bisexual protagonist before, does one even exist other than Our Own Private Universe?
    I love this idea for a weekly feature and it’s a great way to spread the word about diverse books as well! 😀

  3. Diversity also means POC and different religions, right? Like a Jewish novel or a book about persecution? Because I’m seeing a lot of LGBTQIA, and while that’s great, I feel there are other books we don’t want to forget about, too. Sexuality is one facet of many discriminated groups.
    Just wanted to say is all. Cause I’m all about diversity, but I’m not seeing as much of that out there as opposed to the abundance of LGBTQIA literature. I hope it doesn’t get brushed to the side.
    Thanks for another post sharing books that might get overlooked.

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