Diversity Spotlight #3: September 22nd 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! 🙂 

A diverse book I have read and enjoyed

The Perks of Being A Wallflower  goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

Because we need more LGBTQ+ characters.
compelling quote:

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”


A diverse book on my TBR

The Complete Persepolis by Marjana Satrapi  goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

In this (series of) graphic novel(s), Satrapi chronicles her childhood and adolescence in Tehran and everything that follows.
compelling quote:

“When we’re afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators’ repression.”


A diverse book that has not yet been released

Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò   goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

I have just been approved for an eARC of this Nigerian debut on Netgalley and I couldn’t be happier. Can’t wait to read.
Expected publication date: March 2nd 2017.
compelling description:

“Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.”


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 🙂

15 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight #3: September 22nd 2016

  1. I really enjoyed both The Perks of Being a Wallflower AND Persepolis! If you are interested, you can find my reviews here: http://deathbytsundoku.com/wordpress/the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower/

    I really hope you get a chance to pick up Persepolis. After attempting to read Reading Loita in Tehran, and not really connecting the dots about the Iranian Revolution this book was really refreshing. It’s a quick read but really powerful.

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