Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme created by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks. I alternate it with Book Traveling Thursdays typically. For this event, you need to provide 3 diverse books: 1 you’ve read & enjoyed, 1 from your TBR, and 1 upcoming release. I really enjoy doing this & reading others’ responses! (Note: All titles link back to the Goodreads page if you want to add it!)
A Book I’ve Read and Enjoyed
I really enjoyed this YA fantasy. It’s very reminiscent of Throne of Glass, but I still found the differences in word building interesting and some of the characters fascinating. The main character is nonbinary, though I cannot speak to how accurate the portrayal is.
A Book On My TBR
Beena and Sadhana are sisters who share a bond that could only have been shaped by the most unusual of childhoods — and by shared tragedy. Orphaned as teenagers, they have grown up under the exasperated watch of their Sikh uncle, who runs a bagel shop in Montreal’s Hasidic community of Mile End. Together, they try to make sense of the rich, confusing brew of values, rituals, and beliefs that form their inheritance. Yet as they grow towards adulthood, their paths begin to diverge. Beena catches the attention of one of the “bagel boys” and finds herself pregnant at sixteen, while Sadhana drives herself to perfectionism and anorexia.
When we first meet the adult Beena, she is grappling with a fresh grief: Sadhana has died suddenly and strangely, her body lying undiscovered for a week before anyone realizes what has happened. Beena is left with a burden of guilt and an unsettled feeling about the circumstances of her sister’s death, which she sets about to uncover. Her search stirs memories and opens wounds, threatening to undo the safe, orderly existence she has painstakingly created for herself and her son.
An Upcoming Release
Anticipated Release Date: October 17, 2017
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.
But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.
Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.
But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?
What diverse reads are you looking forward to?? Let me know in the comments!!