Hi friends! I’m so excited to be (finally!) participating in this amazing weekly blog meme created and hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! For more information about the meme, please read the announcement post here!
One of my goals now and, well, forever after, is to read books with a variety of perspectives, especially ones different from my own. I won’t be participating in this weekly, but will aim to participate once every two weeks. So, every two weeks I will be sharing with you:
- 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
Let’s get started! ❤
A Book I Have Read
For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu
“Finding one’s place in the world can be hard, but sometimes even more elusive still is finding where you fit in your family.
Peter Huang and his sisters—elegant Adele, shrewd Helen, and Bonnie the bon vivant—grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter’s own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of his Chinese father.
At birth, Peter had been given the Chinese name juan chaun, powerful king. The exalted only son in the middle of three daughters, Peter was the one who would finally embody his immigrant father’s ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl.”
I know what you’re thinking – CW! Shut up about this book! You talk about it ALL THE TIME.
To which I’d say, NEVERRRRRR.
In all seriousness, this book is so special. For Today I am a Boy is about a Chinese trans woman and it explores her experiences (both heartaching and the small victories), her dynamic and very different sisters, and growing up in a traditional Chinese household. It is heartbreaking, raw, and beautiful in its own way. I recommend this book to the moon and back.
A Book On My TBR
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids Sarah Ockler
“The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .”
Awhile ago, I asked the people at Twitter whether they knew any books that had an interracial relationship. I was told that The Summer of Chasing Mermaids has an interracial relationship, and after reading the synopsis, I really, really want to read this book! I’ve heard so many good things – that it portrays the main character’s heritage in a wonderful and appreciative way, and that the romance is stunning. (Also, that cover.)
Give me more interracial romances! This book is definitely at the top of my to-be-read pile!
A Book That Hasn’t Released Yet
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
“OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means.”
After reading More Happy Than Not – which I loved – I would happily read anything by Adam Silvera.
History is All You Left Me feels like it’ll have the same poignant and bittersweet tone as More Happy Than Not, but it also reminded me of Stephanie Kuehn’s books. I love how Silvera explores grief – in a sensitive, honest, and almost healing way, so I cannot wait for this book. It releases on the 17th of January 2017!
And that concludes today’s Diversity Spotlight Thursday! I will be posting my next spotlight on the 17th of November!
- Do any of these books intrigue you? (Are you going to read For Today I am a Boy? BECAUSE YOU MUST.)
- Have you read any of the books here? What did you think?