Who’s getting stuff done, I’m getting stuff done! I FINALLY finished all of my homework for this week and my schoolweek is almost over (thank goodness.) What better way to keep up the positive vibes than by spotlighting some diverse books?! Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal on her blog Bookshelves and Paperbacks – thanks always, Aimal! Bringing light to diverse books is a highlight of each week, and I’m really excited to continue highlighting excellent books by Black authors for Black History Month.
The rules are simple – in your diversity spotlight post, you share three books:
- 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
If you want to read more about it, you can check out the Announcement Post!
A Diverse Book I Read + Enjoyed
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
This was my first Zadie Smith book, a drawn-out and carefully unraveled glimpse into academia and race, music and art, relationships and family dynamics, and identity as a whole. It took me a while to sink into the book, but like the cover above this paragraph shows, the book is about the unique, individual patterns of these characters’ lives that intersect and shape one another in ways that takes a careful examination to see fully.
A Diverse Book on my TBR
Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
Rose Lee Carter, a 13-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955. Her world is rocked when a 14-year-old African-American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. A powerful middle-grade debut perfect for readers who enjoyed The Watsons Go to Birmingham and Brown Girl Dreaming.
A Diverse Book Coming Soon
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Have you read any of these books yet? What did you think? Link your Diversity Spotlight in the comments below!