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.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.”
Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
I know that I loved this book. It’s been awhile but I know that I absolutely loved this book. It’s heart hitting and stays with you for a long time. A very thought provoking story. What else can I say than read it and find out for yourselves.
A Little Life
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
I hear this is heartbreakingly beautiful. I hear it’s a must read. That what I must, I shall do.
But seriously, I am dying to read this. There have been so many people that talked about this book. In case you read it, what did you think?
10 Things I Can See from Here
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.
Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.
Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?
This sounds really interesting to me because it’s about a girl with anxiety. I, myself, have a severe case of anxiety and would like to read books that I can relate to. To see myself reflected on the page. Why is this so important to me? I honestly can’t find the words.
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