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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

9781250058669Title: When the Moon Was Ours
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, LGBT, Romance
Pages: 288

Why I love it: Words cannot express how much I love this magical book. Sam and Miel are my favorite Young Adult couple. I love them as individuals and together. Sam’s Pakistani trans boy and Miel is Latinx. Just read this book. Please.


To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

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A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet

16081758Title: Otherbound
Author: Corinne Duyvis
Publication Date: June 17th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT
Pages: 387

Why I Want to Read It: Bisexual, disabled main character… that’s 99.99% of why I want to read it.


Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive–and discover the truth about their connection.

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A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released

28526192.jpgTitle: 27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1)
Author: Tristina Wright
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT
Pages: 400

Why I Want to Read: I got to participate in the cover reveal for 27 Hours. I’ve been excited for this one for a while now. It is chalked full of diverse characters and is science fiction.


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.

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Have you read any of the books I’ve talked about, or plan to read them in the future? Tell me your thoughts.

4 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday #7

  1. I haven’t read any of the books on this list, and I’m so excited to read all of them. Especially When the Moon Was Ours and 27 Hours because they’re both going to have latinx rep 😀

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      I can’t wait for you to read When the Moon Was Ours!!!


  2. whatthelog says:

    I’d not heard of Otherbound, thanks for bringing it to my attention!! It sounds fantastic 😀

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  3. I want to read When the Moon Was Ours so badly! Glad to hear your enjoyed it so much!

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