Sorry I’ve been absent, again, for a week, but my boyfriend came to visit from Saturday to Tuesday and then I’ve been at work. I’ll try and do some blog hopping this weekend to catch up on what everyone else has been posting! Anyway, let’s get back to it.
Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks whereby you feature three diverse books from these categories:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not yet read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
This week, my books are:
1. A diverse book I have read and enjoyed: The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
I’ve mentioned before on this blog how big a fan I am of The Member of the Wedding after studying it for my degree. It’s such a powerful book, wonderfully written, with quirky and loveable characters.
It depicts the life of Frankie Addams, a self-confessed tomboy, and her relationships with her father, her African American maid Berenice, her cross-dressing cousin John Henry, and her obsession with her brother’s wedding. The novel deals with the ideas surrounding gender and sexuality, as well as race. It’s honestly a brilliant and absorbing read.
2. A diverse book that has already been released but I haven’t yet read: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
This book has garnered many accolades and a lot of critical acclaim since it was released, and I have to say it sounds amazing.
Set during the pre-Civil War slave trade in America, the novel follows Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation, and her attempts to escape via a secret underground railroad. The full synopsis makes the book sound like it’s going to be a whirlwind of a read, but also very profound. This is one that I’m really excited to get my hands on.
3. A diverse book that has not yet been released: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I’ve seen a lot of hype for this book recently and I’m really looking forward to it.
This is a YA contemporary inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, telling the story of 16-year-old Starr and the shooting of her unarmed friend by the police. I think this is definitely a book that is needed right now and hopefully it will open some eyes.
Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Or do you want to read them? Let me know in the comments below!