My blog focusses on diverse books, so quite obviously I’ve fallen in love with this blog meme. Check out #DiversityThursday on Twitter and other social media to stay up-to-date with diverse books.
For a detailed explanation about Diversity Spotlight Thursday, look up the host’s (Aimal) introductory blog post: Blog Meme Announcement: Diversity Spotlight Thursday.
- A diverse book that I’ve read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has been released but I haven’t read yet
- A diverse book that hasn’t been released yet
A diverse book that I’ve read and enjoyed
If I Was Your Girl is one of the sweetest stories I’ve read in a long time. I’m serious. Amanda is a fascinating character and I found it interesting to read a story from the perspective of a cis-passing transgender girl. I didn’t realise that people who pass as cisgender still face similar fears to those who do not pass.
What I absolutely adored is that the focus isn’t on romance but on the friendships Amanda has and her relationship with her parents. I find that parents are often ignored in Young Adult books.
For a more detailed review of If I Was Your Girl, here is my review.
This book is #ownvoices.
A diverse book that has been released but I haven’t read yet
A Time to Dance promises to be a beautiful story. Veda is a dancer in India and becomes a below-knee amputee due to an accident. I want to read books that are diverse in more than one way because I think mainstream media often forget that people can have more than one marginalisation.
As I love dancing, I’m interested to read how Veda feels about dancing throughout her story and how her feelings are affected by certain events.
I’m a bit worried that this book will read as though one should use people who are disabled as inspiration.
A diverse book that hasn’t been released yet
You’re Welcome Universe is one of the most-hyped books of 2017 (in my opinion). Julia is a deaf Indian-American girl whose two mother send her to a “mainstream” school. I’m a bit worried as the author isn’t #ownvoices but the reviews have been good so far.
Julia is an artist and does graffiti, which is also the main plot of the book: a graffiti war with an unknown opponent. I’m very excited about seeing the illustrations inside. I haven’t read a book that combines words with illustrations in a long time.
Release date: March 7th 2017