Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. In this event, bloggers highlight a diverse read that they’ve read and enjoyed, one they want to read, and one that’s yet to come out. I alternate this event with Book Traveling Thursdays.
A Book I’ve Read
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
This book was tragic yet hopeful. I learned a lot about Chinese history that I only vaguely knew before, and as things happened in the story, I found myself doing research about different things I wasn’t familiar with, like the Cultural Revolution. It simultaneously follows Marie, a modern woman whose family is Chinese but who lives in Canada, and the past generations of her family as China changes. A really solid, literary read. I reviewed it here.
A Book I Want to Read
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990’s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family. Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family’s destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions—economic, political, and religious—and the epic beauty of its own culture. With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation’s masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.
I’m really looking forward to reading this. A Litsy follower recommended it, based on my love of Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie novels, when I was looking for recommendations for Fall Bookish Bingo, so I’m hoping to get to it this month!
An Upcoming Release
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Anticipated Release Date: January 17, 2017
OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means.
I pretty much just love everything about the blurb for this book. I really love reading well-written characters with mental health issues that are true to life and not romanticized. I also really love when teenagers and young adults are trying to figure out love, because who really has it figured out, right? It also sounds like there might be some mystery involved. Can’t wait to read it!
What did you highlight for Diversity Spotlight this week? Let me know in the comments!