Diversity spotlight Thursday

There is a lot more diversity in books these days and that’s great. You can read a book about a bisexual character, you can read about mental illness, about what it’s like to be a person of colour and so on. Still though there need to be more diverse books. It’s incredibly important that stories with diverse characters are emphasized. For both children, young adults and adults to read literature and see themselves reflected in what there reading. I myself want to read more diversely. And so I’am participating in the meme created by bookshelves and paperbacks. This is a weekly meme that will feature 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.


 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Goodreads | Bookdepository



Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


I absolute adored this book. It’s been awhile since i read this, so i can’t get in to detail but  just know that it’s cute, so so cute. If the synopsis doesn’t peak your interest then maybe  my telling you that this book is great because it’s a positive book about a gay character. What I mean by that  is that Simon accepts himself for who he is, he doesn’t struggle with the fact that he’s gay. He is just a boy who is in love with another boy. And that’s refreshing to read. Don’t get my wrong I love reading about the trials and tribulations that people go through to accept themselves but I find it refreshing to read about someone just being in love with someone else and how that love story is portrait.


 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Goodreads | Bookdepository



Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.


I  don’t know much about this book except what I read in de description on Goodreads. The many 5 star ratings it has been given pressed me to read this. What do you guys think about this book?


 

The Hate u Give

 

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Goodreads | Bookdepository



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.


This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. It sounds so good. Just read the description above. If your not swayed by that synopsis then i don’t know what will sway you. For those who already read this, what did you think?

 


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