Diversity Spotlight Thursday was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks. (The link takes you to her original Diversity Spotlight post, where she talks about her motivation for creating this meme. You should check it out.)
As I was searching for another meme to participate in I was especially drawn to Diversity Spotlight Thursday. I do love the idea of sharing books with a wide range of characters, but it was also because I’m always on the hunt for reading material that showcases people who are different from myself.
The way it works is simple. You select three books to highlight each week, using this format:
- 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
A Diverse Book I Have Read and Enjoyed
I love this whole trilogy. Billy Dent is one of the scariest villains in fiction, and I really think Barry Lyga nailed a serial killer mentality. He gave me shivers. Like this (from the sequel, The Game):
See this thing I drink from? I give it the label of “cup,” and so what? See this thing I cover my body with? I give it the label of “shirt,” and so what? See this thing I have opened to the darkening sky, allowing beautiful moonlight to shine within? I give it the label of “Jerome Herrington,” and so what?
I also appreciated that the Jazz is in an interracial relationship with Connie. There aren’t many books that showcase interracial relationships. At least not that I’ve read.
A Diverse Book That Has Already Been Released, but I Have Not Read
Symptoms of Being Human is the story of a Gender Fluid person, Riley Cavanaugh, and not being out yet she has to navigate her life and politically ambitious father.
I saw this for the first time a few weeks ago, and it looks so good that I know I’ll be reading it soon.
A Diverse Book that Has Not Been Released
A List of Cages features a boy with ADHD, and it highlights the relationship between two foster brothers who have found each other again after many years. It’s one I’ve been excited for since I saw it.