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.

Every heart a doorway


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Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Guests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost. 

I adore this book. It’s fantastic. There is a great cast of characters. Each and every one of them is fleshed out well. There’s a terrific plot. The writing is beautiful. Do I need to say more? You might ask yourself why is this diverse though? Because, for example, the main character is asexual. Also, it has a side character that is transsexual. I’ve already mentioned a couple of reasons why I love this book, there are still two things I haven’t discussed yet. I love the fact that the identity of the main character is confirmed on the page and actually discussed. As well as the  identity  of the side character. Also the discussing of these particular characters happens in such a fascinating and beautiful way.

More happy than not


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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

This book is described as twisty, gritty and profoundly moving. Those are the exact words I would use when describing this book, just by reading the synopsis. You just know by reading it that it’s going to be heart hitting. I, myself, can’t wait to read this book. It’s going on my tbr for the month of April.

When Dimple met Rishi 


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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. 

This sounds like such a fun, light-hearted read. It’s definitely something other then what I usually go for, especially when it comes to contemporaries. I usually seek out the grittier, heart wrenching ones but this spoke to me. Why? Because it’s about an arranged marriage, and it’s nice to see an arranged marriage that isn’t forced upon people. You see a different side to arranged marriages. We only ever hear that arranged marriages are bad because the are forced upon people. I, admit, have thought that for a long time.  But that’s not always the case. When I learned about this fact, it was an eye-opener. I hope this book can be an eye-opener for others. 

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