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Diversity Spotlight Thursday

What, TWO Thursday tags? Like I could pass this one up! Thanks Clemi @ Clemi’s Bookish World for getting me hype to this and motivating me to make a post for myself before I leave for work, haha. The Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal on her blog Bookshelves and Paperbacks – thanks, Aimal! Bringing light to diverse books is one of my blogging goals for this year, and I’m really excited to talk about some great books I recommend to everyone.

The rules are simple – in your diversity spotlight post, you share three books:

  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

If you want to read more about it, you can check out the Announcement Post!


A Diverse Book I Read + Enjoyed

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This is not my usual sort of book (I’m not a big fan of magical realism, YA or otherwise, with very few exceptions) but it was engaging and insightful, and I’m glad I picked it up way back when I did the Around the World in 80 Books challenge!


A Diverse Book on my TBR

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Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

I’m going to get around to this eventually, I swear. I have about 9 books checked out from the library right now, 6 eARCs, and 4 books on the way in the mail…I just need to make some room for this one!


A Diverse Book Coming Soon

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Goodreads Synopsis: 

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Release Date: February 14th, 2017


Have you read any of these books yet? What did you think? Link your Diversity Spotlight in the comments below!

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5 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday

    1. I’m definitely getting to American Street this month for BHM, but I keep putting Not Your Sidekick on the back burner even though I’ve heard a nothing but great things about it. Right now I’ve got a pile of ARCs and a tall stack of library books to work my way through, but after I get through all of those, Lee’s superhero story is going to be a top priority. I honestly featured it here so I wouldn’t forget about it again 😅 the perks of having hundreds of books on the TBR list, amiright?

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