I participated in my first Diverse-A-Thon last week. My goal was to read 4 books in 8 days and I succeeded in doing so. As I mentioned in my previous post (4 books in 8 days: My Diverse-A-Thon TBR), I decided to read #ownvoices.
Here’s a quick summary of the books I read and my thoughts on them. I’ll be posting more detailed reviews in the weeks to come.
Huntress – Malinda Lo
I had high hopes for this book, as I really enjoyed Ash. However, the plot didn’t catch my attention and the characters weren’t as interesting as in Ash. I think it’s an interesting read to understand more about the world but the open ending was too vague for me.
Saree – Su Dharmapala
This book is awesome – a new favourite. First of all, amazing ethnic representation: Sinhala, Tamil and Burgher. Sri Lanka is a country of different ethnicities and I’m glad the book portrayed this.
I’m not a fan of stories that follow a family over decades. This book was different. It follows the stories of different people over a period of 30 years. It’s not a typical intergenerational story, as not all of the main characters are connected by blood. It is the art of making sarees that connects them with each other.
I recommend this book so much! It was an emotional read for me and at times got very sad but it was worth it. Especially in regard to the political situation at the moment, I think this could be an enlightening read.
Trigger warnings: rape, murder, physical abuse.
Shadowshaper – Daniel José Older
I enjoyed the world-building in this book. My favourite part was the tattoos that took on lives of their own. However, the book didn’t quite fit to me.
Finding Your Feet – Cass Lennox
My other new favourite! It follows a white cisgender woman from England, who is on the asexual spectrum and biromantic, and a biracial black transgender man from Canada, who is heterosexual and heteroromantic. I loved the love story, even thought I’m usually not a huge fan of love stories at all.
I’m a dancer and I love to follow AND lead- since I’m not a man, this has led to some people having problems with me leading. The best part for me was reading about the two women dancing with each other.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read.
Did you join Diverse-A-Thon? What did you read? Do you have any new recommendations?