Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme that was created by Aimal at Bookshelves And Paperbacks. The graphics here were created by Aimal. She does a beautiful job. You come up with a book in each different categories:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
Here is more information on the meme itself and the rules: the announcement post.
I have been wanting to do this meme ever since I first saw it over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks. With my reading slumps and wanting to read more diverse, I have been slowly but surely making my way through the books and I finally did!
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I love love love this book. Simon and Blue! I need to reread this before Becky’s new book, The Upside of Unrequited releases in April. I am hoping that one day, Becky will write Blue’s POV in this story. That would be awesome, to see Blue’s thoughts and feelings while things went down with Simon and Martin.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
To be honest, the cover pulled me in before I even read the synopsis. I heard great things about this book.
Lala @ BooksandLala has this book on her Most Top 2016 Books so I need to read this and find out why.
There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.
Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.
What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.
But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.
The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
The book will be released on May 30, 2017.
I cannot wait for this book! I have already preordered for my kindle and I am excited! I love me some fluffy and fun read and this sounds like it!
I have been hearing great things by people who have an ARC of the book and I don’t like time to hurry up because I want to savor every moment that I have but dude, why has it to be in May?!
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.