Diversity Spotlight #1: September 8th 2016

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories:

– a diverse book you have read and enjoyed
– a diverse book on your TBR
– a diverse book that has not yet been released

You can check out Aimal’s announcement post for more information.
Don’t forget to leave a link to your own post in the comments and take some time to check out other people’s posts! πŸ™‚Β 

A diverse book I have read and enjoyed

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Β goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

This is an eye-opening portrayal of the the lives of two women in a war-torn country. Set in Kabul, Afghanistan, Hosseini’s novel beautifully captures the experiences and struggles they have to face and the bond they form with each other.
compelling quote:

“Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.”


A diverse book on my TBR

We should all be Feminists byΒ Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieΒ Β goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

An essay adapted from a TedTalk which created a lot of buzz around the internet, written by the author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. This is on my TBR for this month!
compelling quote:

“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”


A diverse book that has not yet been released

The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadΒ  Β goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

I’ve been seeing this around a lot. Whitehead’s novel deals with Black experiences in pre-Civil War America.
Expected publication date: September 13th 2016.
compelling quote:

“Somewhere, years ago, she had stepped off the path of life and could no longer find her way back to the family of people.”


Especially with the recent discussion about the need for more diversity in literature, I think this is a brilliant meme. Let’s broaden our horizons together and read more diversely! If you participate in the meme, leave me a link to your post in the comments or just tell me about some diverse book you have read or want to read πŸ™‚

48 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight #1: September 8th 2016

  1. I also have We Should All be Feminists in my TBR, but for some reason I never pick it up. That has to change soon πŸ˜› I’ve heard amazing things about a Thousand Splendid Suns and that quote you wrote there is fantastic :O The last one I’ve seen around, I think Oprah’s book club chose it and Obama talked about it so it has gotten a lot of attention. It must be really good!

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    • Oh, you should give it a go! Putting this list together made me realize that it’s been way too long since I read A Thousand Splendid Suns myself, so I’ll try to re-read it in the near future πŸ™‚

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  2. Colson Whitehead is going to be at the Bookmarks Book Festival I am going to in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday (along with a lot of other great authors!).

    Adichie is one of my favorites, especially Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah. She has a great Ted Talk as well, called ‘The danger of a single story’.

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    • Oh that is awesome! Have lots of fun at the festival πŸ™‚ I haven’t read any of Adichie’s other works yet, which is a shame. I already put them on my tbr though πŸ™‚


  3. Great post! I’ve not yet read anything by Adichie, but I would really like to. I buy most of my books secondhand so I’m always on the lookout for those that are on my wishlist. Hope I find We Should All Be Feminists sometime soon!

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  4. All of these novels just went onto my TBR list! I don’t know wether I should thank you for that though considering how impossibly long it’s getting! Anyway great picks and a lovely post!

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  5. Underground Railroad was actually released in early August because Oprah said so! lol These are all really great books. I adored A Thousand Splendid Suns, it’s one of my favorite books ever. Anything Chimamanda Adichie writers is brilliant too.

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  6. Great picks. I love all books by Kahleed Hosseini and Chimamanda Ngozie. I also have Underground Railway on my ARC TBR. I just read The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah, also a great book set in Zibambwe and featuring an albino as the main character.

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  7. I only recently realized the importance of reading books about diversity.
    I have never avoided it, I read diverse reads for almost half my life, but I always just read them as stories with characters I didn’t think too much about afterwards.
    I recently realized how much I actually learned reading books about diverse characters and cultures, and also because of that I am aware of how much I want to learn, how much I still don’t know and want to know, so I want to read more diverse books.
    The next two on my tbr are In Order To Live and Americanah.
    I’m thiking about participating in #Diverseathon.
    Do you plan to participate?

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    • I only found out about #diverseathon in passing this morning, so I don’t plan on participating yet! I do think it’s a wonderful idea though. I will think about it and see if I can reconcile that with my already existing tbr and my schedule in general πŸ˜›

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  8. I’m in the middle of The Underground Railroad now. It’s so good! It’s definitely the kind of novel you have to read slowly (and maybe pair with some lighter reading) but I’m absolutely loving it!

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  9. I’m probably one of the few people who have yet to read a thousand splendid suns. It sounds like something I’d love so I have zero clue why I’ve yet to pick it up. I also recently added The Underground Railroad to my TBR. Am I the only one who thinks the cover is pretty?

    Great post!

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