So this week, it’s time for Diversity Spotlight Thursday, sponsored by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. For this event, you highlight a diverse read that you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse read you want to read, and a diverse read that’s not out yet.
A Book I’ve Read
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I just finished this book last weekend. A retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, it follows Shahrzad, determined to take revenge on the king of her city, Khalid. Khalid has been marrying local girls, only to strangle and kill them the next morning. After her best friend dies, Shahrzad volunteers to be Khalid’s wife in order to kill him. She saves her life by telling stories, but soon wonders if revenge is what she’s really going to find. I found this book beguiling and the characters were interesting. I really enjoy retellings, and this was no exception. Very soon, I’ll also be posting a review of it!
A Book I Want to Read
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of chasing flavors had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and, most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, and bus drivers. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.
I just recently added this book to my TBR because I was looking for a food memoir for the Read Harder 2016 challenge. I’m excited to get it from the library & read it, as this is not my usual genre, but I’m interested in reading about Samuelsson’s journey from Ethiopia to Sweden and beyond!
An Upcoming Release
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Anticipated Release Date: January 31, 2017
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 book looks so good! I have a soft spot for YA romances of all kinds.
What made your Diversity Spotlight this week? Going to add any of these to your TBR? Let me know below!!