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!
I’m so sorry that I’ve been flakey with this feature for the past couple of weeks- school’s been a little nuts, and so has my job. I only have two more weeks for my internship to end, and three weeks til finals are over and then I’m sure I’ll be more regular. <3 To those celebrating, happy Thanksgiving! As you all sit down for your family dinners, I beseech you to remember all the Native Americans who lost their lives, who face persecution to this very day, and who are being shot at and maced for protesting the violation of their basic human rights at the Dakota Access Pipeline. I do not ask you to stop celebrating Thanksgiving; just that you acknowledge the struggles North America’s indigenous population goes through every day since the Europeans landed. <3
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
“‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
Debut novel about one man’s descent into mental illness, following the death of his brother in childhood. Filer is a mental health nurse with a unique and startling insight into mental illness, and this book highlights a much-neglected subject.”
The Shock of the Fall is one of those books that stays with you for a long time, no matter how much you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy it while in the moment. It’s an incredibly accurate, harrowing portrayal of mental illness, the taboos surrounding it, childhood trauma and neglect. It is heart-breakingly realistic, and you will feel your stomach and heart drop at several instances. Not an easy read, but an important one.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”
I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about Nicola Yoon’s book- I was interested in this one before her second book came out, but now that that one’s been getting rave reviews as well, I’m super excited. I’m certain that the main character in this book is biracial- half black and half Korean. I haven’t read nearly enough books with biracial protagonists, and I just ordered this from Book Outlet so hopefully, I’ll be getting to it very soon!
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.”
I read More Happy than Not last month, and I fell in love with Adam Silvera’s writing, his storytelling and his characters. It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. If I like his second book nearly as much as I liked his debut, I’m sure that it’ll make my favorites list as well. If you haven’t already read MHTN, what are you waiting for? 🙂
This book releases on January 17th, 2016