Diversity Spotlight #6: October 20th 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

Girls at War and Other Stories by Chinua AchebeΒ goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe might be most known for his novel Things Fall Apart, but he also wrote lots of great short stories that are definitely worth checking out.
compelling description:

“In this collection of stories, Chinua Achebe takes us inside the heart and soul of a people whose pride and ideals must compete with the simple struggle to survive. Hailed by critics everywhere, Chinua Achebe’s fiction re-creates with energy and authenticity the major issues of daily life in Africa..”


A diverse book on my TBR

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi Β goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

I’ve been meaning to read this for so long! I have to hurry up with my reading, clearly.
compelling quote:

“Do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.”


A diverse book that has not yet been released

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin Β goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsc94610e9

Ha Jin is currently a professor at Boston University and previously received the National Book Award for his novel Waiting.
Expected publication: October 25thΒ 2016.
compelling description:

“A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force.”


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™‚

14 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight #6: October 20th 2016

  1. What a great list, thank you! I hadn’t realised that Achebe had written anything else! I’d also be interested to hear your thoughts about Reading Lolita – I’ve read quite a lot of criticism about it.

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  2. I’ve read Waiting by Ha Jin during my big Chinese Historical Fiction phase: it was amazing! I hope you get a chance to read that, too! This was before I was writing reviews but I still remember it because it left such an impact on me. Also see Lisa See and Amy Tan for some good Chinese Historical Fiction! Shanghai Girls by Lisa See is amazing.

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