Welcome to my seventh 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 by Asian authors!
A Book I Have Read
Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
“A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.
As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.”
I’ve never been one for sports let alone books about sports, but holy heck, Zeroboxer is one wickedly awesome sports science-fiction. I loved the world that Lee created and also the conception of Zeroboxing (derived from Lee’s expertise in martial arts!). The fights and action were just so, so cool, and listening to the audiobook, which I did, made it even cooler.
The book features multiracial characters and an Asian love interest. The book also includes fascinating speculation of Earth’s technological developments in the future, which I found compelling and perhaps even a little excited for the future.
A Book On My TBR
Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
“Ming survived the famine that killed his parents during China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, and lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields…When a group of city boys comes to the village as part of a Communist Party re-education program, Ming and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new arrivals. They’re not used to hard labour and village life. But despite his reservations, Ming befriends a charming city boy called Li. The two couldn’t be more different, but slowly they form a bond over evening swims and shared dreams…But as the bitterness of life under the Party begins to take its toll on both boys, they begin to imagine the impossible: freedom.“
Isn’t that just such a profound and incredible synopsis?
I studied China’s Great Leap Forward when I was in university, but I feel like I ought to read a book that gives this piece of history a human voice. The issue with learning about history is that sometimes we can feel ‘divorced’ from the tragedies that happened, no matter how sad or immense they are. I feel like Freedom Swimmer will be a book that will change my game in reading – maybe even change me.
Freedom Swimmer is very, very high on my priority list, and I expect I’ll be reading it before Chinese New Year ends, which gives me — 2 days? Challenge accepted.
A Book That Hasn’t Been Released Yet
I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
“Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life.
She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.”
What did we ever do to deserve this book?
When I read the synopsis for this book, I was ecstatic. First, a Korean model on a book cover? YES. Second, a book that promises romance, Korean drama references (even though I don’t watch K-Dramas, but I totally feel it anyway!), and cuteness? YES, YES. Third, a book written by a Korean character by a Korean author? Yes, yes, YES.
I cannot, cannot, CANNOT wait to read this book! Which reminds me… I’m going to preorder this right away!
I decided to showcase books by Asian authors for this week’s Diversity Spotlight Thursday to commemorate Lunar New Year! To those who celebrate, I hope all of you are having an amazing time eating lots of amazing food. To those who don’t, consider adding one of these books to your TBR! The next Diversity Spotlight Thursday will be published on the 23rd of February – see you all then!
- 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 that have Asian protagonists or are by Asian Authors?
- 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!