Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Each week, you share three diverse books: one that you have read and enjoyed, a released diverse book that you have not read, and one that has not yet been released. Check out the announcement post here for more information.
A Diverse Book I Have Read & Enjoyed
Title: Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions (Talking Nerdy #1)
Author: Six de los Reyes
Publication Date: April 17th 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Why I love it: The heroine is a scientist who tries to science~ love. As a science major, it makes me so impossibly happy to read about heroines with careers in the sciences. Beginner’s Guide is perfect in every way, and has so many good tropes. It takes place in the Philippines with Filipino leads.
Falling in love is a chemical reaction.
Just ask Kaya Rubio, twenty-five year-old Molecular Genetics graduate student and research assistant. Fed up with her spinster aunts’ relentless reminders and unsolicited advice regarding her Single Since Birth status, she designs a scientific, evidence-based methodology to find her a suitable partner in time for her cousin’s wedding. As any good scientist knows, any valid experimental design requires a negative control. Enter the most unsuitable candidate for a potential boyfriend: the messy, easygoing, café owner Nero Sison. Her null hypothesis? Going out with Nero would establish her baseline data without catalyzing the chemical reaction she seeks.
But when Kaya’s recorded results refuse to make sense, she is forced to come to the conclusion that there are some things in life that are simply, by nature, irrational and illogical. And that sometimes, chemistry doesn’t always happen inside a lab.
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: Written in the Stars
Author: Aisha Saeed
Publication Date: March 24th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Why I Want to Read It: Any book that has a mention of fate and stars in the tagline is something I’ll read. I love reading about the conflict between tradition and modernity, so I’m excited to read this as I finally got a copy of it.
Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss
Author: Julia Ember
Release Date: May 4th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Why I Want to Read It: The Seafarer’s Kiss is a bisexual, F/F retelling of the Little Mermaid. Fairy tales and bi characters are the only subsistence I need.
Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.