Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1 – August 25


So, I saw this meme last week (but not before that somehow?) and it sounded like something I really wanted to take part in on my blog. I love the idea of being able to showcase diverse books on my blog, because while I read everything, I do feel like I need to read more diverse books, but also that I want to share the diverse books I’ve read and that I love. I am a supporter of the “We Need Diverse Books” movement and I love that this meme specifically highlights diverse books.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. It takes place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

The aim of Diversity Spotlight Thursday is to spotlight diverse books that are out or are coming out and that we want to share with others or want other people to know about. It’s also a way for people like me who are trying to diversify their reading habits and support diverse authors to learn about books that they may not otherwise have found out about.

A Book That I’ve Read

monster_wdmMonster by Walter Dean Myers

This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee from acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. Presented as a screenplay of Steve’s own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives.

Fade In: Interior: Early Morning In Cell Block D, Manhattan Detention Center.

Steve (Voice-Over)
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady prosecutor called me … Monster.

I read Monster for a children’s literature class during my sophomore year of college, right around the time that they were releasing the verdict for the officer being charged with shooting Michael Brown. I don’t believe my professor could have planned this, but God, if the book wasn’t incredibly relevant at the time. It speaks so convincingly to the trials of being a young black man and looking at what the justice system can do. I don’t think the book made me cry, but I so remember that it made me angry and frustrated and all of the feelings that a good book should inspire in a reader, especially given how relevant it was.

A Book on My TBR

heroine complexHeroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.

Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right… or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.

I’m so excited for Heroine Complex. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, which I often see paired with Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, which I also need to read as soon as possible. I love superhero stories, so the idea of Asian female superheroes in a novel sounds like something that would be super interesting to me, especially given how few Asian female superheroes there are in comics (which aren’t super diverse in the first place). I actually recently got this book, so I can’t wait to actually get a chance to read it.

An Upcoming Release

26594801The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

I heard about this book for the first time during a Meet The Newbies ’17 chat on Twitter and I’m glad I did. I don’t think I’ve read a great deal of books with Latinx main characters and that’s a huge oversight on my part. I think that this is interesting sounding book and I love both the title and the cover and I can’t wait to read it when it comes out next February.


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