Welcome to my fifth Diversity Spotlight Thursday! 💚 This wonderful weekly blog meme was created and is hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! For more information about the meme, please read the announcement post here.
My participation in this meme is to help me with one of my reading goals: to read books with a variety of perspectives, especially ones different from my own. Every two weeks I will share 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
This week’s theme for Diversity Spotlight Thursday is: books with m/m romances!
A Book I Have Read
Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee
“The sea holds many secrets …
Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.”
Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish.
As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.”
I was recommended this book by Daisy, who also recommended me Lee’s other book, Not Your Sidekick! And wow, I was so glad to read this book. I love Lee’s writing, and though this isn’t about superheroes, it is about selkies, magical chances, and two lonely, sweet boys.
This book made me gush and giddy with joy. There’s something so sweet and pure about the narrative – it was just gorgeous fluff and love. If you like Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and you like selkies… this book is for you.
A Book On My TBR
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
“Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.“
I can’t say I’m a steampunk fan, but I’ve always, always been interested in it — maybe Timekeeper will be the book that will get me into steampunk or, at least, help me understand what it is as a subgenre.
I’ve heard wonderful things about this book so far. Not only does it have an m/m romance, I have also heard that it has bisexual representation and characters of colour, as well as characters with PTSD.
And I mean, read the summary! Clock spirits! A story about time! 💞 I look forward to reading this book and experience this book for myself!
A Book That Hasn’t Been Released Yet
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
“Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.”
I discovered this book recently when I was looking for a book – and wow.
Not only is the cover amazing and incredibly eye-catching (I… can’t look away?!), the premise sounds like a wild ride that I want to be on. (Monty, take the wheel!) I’m not big on the whole hedonism thing, but I’d love to see how Monty navigates his budding adoration for Percy in the midst of his grand tour which, as it sounds, goes disastrously wrong.
… Gah! The more I read the summary, the more I want to read this book! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue releases on the 20th of June, 2017! (Only 159 days! 🙃)
Hooray for the first Diversity Spotlight Thursday of 2017! I really love finding all these lovely books to share – I can’t wait to see what amazing, diverse books 2017 will bring! I will be posting my next spotlight on the 26th of January.
- Are you interested in reading any of these books? Are any of these already on your TBR or books you’ve never seen before?
- What are some of your favourite books with m/m romance (and have positive representation)?
- Did you participate in Diversity Spotlight Thursday this week? If so, please share your link with me! I’d love to see your three choices!