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.
Preface: Without Twitter, there’s a good chance that I would have never discovered #romanceclass books. As some of my favorite books of all time are #romanceclass, I am eternally grateful that I was introduced to them. I wanted to return the favor by introducing you guys to #romanceclass. For this edition of Diversity Spotlight Thursday, I’m going to be sharing what #romanceclass is all about, some of books from them (as per the usual Diversity Spotlight Thursday format), and hopefully get you to read #romanceclass books in the future.
For those of you who aren’t already familiar with #romanceclass, #romanceclass is community that is made up Filipino authors who write romance in English and the readers of these books.
#romanceclass originally started out as a writing class back in 2013. Some of the people in the class ended up self-publishing the books that they finished. Despite the class ending, the writing continued on.
Today, #romanceclass does a ton of cool things like host events, create podcasts, and have live readings of #romanceclass books. They have an awesome, active online community on Twitter through, of course, the hashtag: #romanceclass.
A Diverse Book I Have Read & Enjoyed
Title: Prom Queen Perfect
Author: Clarisse David
Publication Date: July 7th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Why I love it:
Young Adult ✓
Reminiscent of Austen’s Emma ✓
Unlikable~ Heroine ✓
Rivals/Childhood Friends to Lovers Mashup ✓
Short & Sweet ✓
Alex dela Cruz has it all. Looks, money, and a killer sense of style.
When the annoyingly gorgeous Adam Cordero calls her selfish, she decides to prove him wrong by transforming Christy Marquez from an invisible misfit into a ruling princess of Asia Pacific Academy. Great hair? Check. Flawless red lipstick? Check. Instant popularity? A slightly too big check.
But now, Alex is on the brink of losing the plastic tiara she’s supposed to get as prom queen, her best friend, and her heart to the unlikeliest of candidates. Too bad she isn’t letting anything—or anyone—get between her and that tiara
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: Don’t Tell My Mother
Author: Brigitte Bautista
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: New Adult, LGBT
Why I Want to Read It: A New Adult F/F #romanceclass book. Yeah, sign me the fuck up. Once I save enough money for international shipping, you can bet I’ll be buying this.
With an overly zealous mother as her guide, 19-year-old Sam has never had a problem navigating through Christian suburbia before. But, all that changes when she befriends and becomes intrigued with Clara, her widowed neighbor and the village’s social outcast. When their friendship grows into the ‘unnatural’, Sam is forced to examine her upbringing and come to terms with who she really is.At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: Better At Weddings Than You (Chic Manila #9)
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Release Date: April 15th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Want to Read Love It: I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Better At Weddings Than You!!! It had everything I could’ve hoped for in a romance. The ending is easily one of my favorite romance endings of all time. Daphne Cardenas could step on me and I would say thank you.
Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.
Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.
Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?
(Part of the Chic Manila series, but can be read as a standalone.)