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 am Currently Reading & Currently Enjoying
Title: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Author: Michael Chabon
Publication Date: September 9th 2000
Why I am loving it: I am absolutely in love with Joe. He’s a Jewish Magician who is a refugee and probably my next favorite fictional character. There’s also comics and #gay as promised by Sasha who keeps harassing me to finish it. I’m going to finish it for Pride Month I swear.
Samuel Klayman—self-described little man, city boy, and Jew—first meets Josef Kavalier when his mother shoves him aside in his own bed, telling him to make room for their cousin, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Prague. It’s the beginning, however unlikely, of a beautiful friendship. In short order, Sam’s talent for pulp plotting meets Joe’s faultless, academy-trained line, and a comic-book superhero is born. A sort of lantern-jawed equalizer clad in dark blue long underwear, the Escapist “roams the globe, performing amazing feats and coming to the aid of those who languish in tyranny’s chains!” Before they know it, Kavalier and Clay (as Sam Klayman has come to be known) find themselves at the epicenter of comics’ golden age.
But Joe Kavalier is driven by motives far more complex than your average hack. In fact, his first act as a comic-book artist is to deal Hitler a very literal blow. In subsequent years, the Escapist and his superhero allies take on the evil Iron Chain and their leader Attila Haxoff—their battles drawn with an intensity that grows more disturbing as Joe’s efforts to rescue his family fail. He’s fighting their war with brush and ink, Joe thinks, and the idea sustains him long enough to meet the beautiful Rosa Saks, a surrealist artist and surprisingly retrograde muse. But when even that fiction fails him, Joe performs an escape of his own, leaving Rosa and Sammy to pick up the pieces in some increasingly wrong-headed ways.
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex #1)
Author: Sarah Kuhn
Publication Date: July 5th 2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Why I Want to Read It: The MCs are two Asian American superheroes. It also takes place in San Francisco, which is one of my favorite places. I’ve heard amazing things about this book and its sequel.
Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.
Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.
But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right… or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: Not Your Villian (Sidekick Squad #2)
Author: C.B. Lee
Release Date: October 5th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT
Why I Want to Read: The previous book was a lot of fun. I’m really excited because Bells was featured in the first book and I wanted to know more about him.
Also, excited for the friend’s to lovers trope in this setting. The main character is trans, and the previous book’s heroine who will appear in this book is bisexual.
Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.
After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?
Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain..