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: We Are the Ants
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publication Date: January 19th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Science Fiction
Why I love it: I was drawn in by alien abductions and then stayed for the mental illness and gay rep. We Are the Ants touches on so many different themes like suicide, nihilism, and family. I read this while at school and cried.
There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.
Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.
What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.
But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.
The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1)
Author: Heidi Heilig
Publication Date: February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Time Travel
Why I Want to Read It: I’m not big on time travel stories, but I love the author so I’m going to get around to it eventually.
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: Wild Beauty
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism
Why I Want to Read: I loved McLemore’s last book, When the Moon Was Ours. I’m so excited to read about a Bisexual character written by her. I can’t wait to be wrecked again.
Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.