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: The Paths We Choose (Lillac Town #2)
Author: M. Hollis
Publication Date: April 6th 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Why I love it: F/F trope-iness. The heroine is actually my daughter. If you’re looking for a short romance read, then The Paths We Choose is perfect.
Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow.
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore.
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs.
Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: Meg & Linus
Author: Hanna Nowinski
Publication Date: April 18th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary Romance
Why I Want to Read It: Match making to avoid your own romantic problems? Did you mean ME?? I love reading about gay friendships. We need more friend groups that are made up of solely gay characters cause that’s what real life is like.
Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.
But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny―and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Release Date: January 23rd 2018
Genre: Young Adult (the mc is in college so it could actually be New Adult but it’s marketed as YA), Contemporary
Why I Want to Read: Let’s Talk About Love has a gorgeous cover, a black asexual heroine, and is #ownvoices.
Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.
She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.
After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.
But when Alice meets Takumi, who she can’t stop thinking about, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…
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