Welcome to my eleventh 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
I wanted to do a theme for this week’s Diversity Spotlight – so this week’s theme is: books with bisexual protagonists!
A Book I Have Read
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
In case you missed it, Not Your Sidekick is one of my favourite books of all time. It has the most adorable story, a gorgeous and loveable protagonist and love interest, the cutest and most precious friendships, explores heroism, subverts the superhero narrative, and also explores identity and belonging on the side! Yeah, it’s that awesome.
Also, the protagonist, Jess, is bisexual, and it is stated in-text. Did I also mention that the romance in this is amazing?
A Book On My TBR
Ash by Malinda Lo
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
It’s ridiculous, but I haven’t read any of Malinda Lo’s books yet. (I know, right?!) I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but there’s something about the synopsis that makes me feel like I’ll love it.
I also love retellings that do more than make the story ‘darker’ – give me retellings where the protagonist is a character of colour or is non-heterosexual/cis. Ash sounds like the sort of retelling that I’ll love.
A Book That Hasn’t Been Released Yet
27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
Well. Holy hell. Every time I read the synopsis for 27 Hours, I feel this bubbling excitement build. The world within the book, the story, and the characters (which features queer teens!) make me inclined to believe that this book is something I will definitely be looking forward to in October.
Hooray, another Diversity Spotlight Thursday! I will be posting my next spotlight on the 20th of April!
- What are some of your favourite books that have a bi protagonist? Do you have any recommendations?
- Have you read any of these books yet? If yes, what do you think?
- 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!