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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1

August 3, 2017

It’s time to introduce a new meme! I wanted to change things up a little bit, so I asked my twitter followers to vote: start a new meme, or keep Book Beginnings Fridays? The vote was almost overwhelmingly in favor of Diversity Spotlight Thursday, so we here we are! The goal is to take a moment every Thursday to highlight 3 diverse books: one from your TBR, one you read and enjoyed, and one that’s not yet released!

I want to give you guys an idea of the rep each book offers, but with books that are still on my TBR, I’ll have to make the best educated guesses I can. If I ever make an error or miss something, please let me know in a comment so I can fix it right away! Also, while I will try my best, I obviously cannot guarantee that any books listed for my “TBR picks” will be without problems, so please proceed with discretion!

1. TBR pick:

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret – Misa Sugiura


Sixteen-year-old Sana is closeted until her family moves to California and she falls for Jamie, a beautiful girl whose presence in Sana’s life encourages her to come out.

Reps: lesbian, Asian, Mexican

2. Book you enjoyed:

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli


This one came to mind pretty easily, because I just posted a review of it yesterday! If you read that review, you already know that I didn’t find this book to be nearly as powerful as many of my blogging friends did, but I did think it was a cute and fluffy coming-out story that is definitely worth picking up if you enjoy the YA contemporary genre.

Reps: gay, bi, black

3. Unreleased title:

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera


Technically, this one could’ve gone for #2 or #3 – it’s not out yet, but I was lucky enough to get an ARC and loved it! I’ll have a review up for you guys very soon. It’s essentially about two teen boys that spend the final day of their lives together, and shenanigans ensue.

Reps: gay, bi, Puerto Rican, Cuban

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  • Reply Dani @ Perspective of a Writer August 3, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Fun meme! And I love your suggestions!! I’ve been meaning to read Simon vs. I LOVE that you say what is represented!! <3

  • Reply coffeelovingbookoholic August 3, 2017 at 2:28 am

    wow, this is such a cool meme! 🙂 i’ve wanted to read more diverse books for quite some time now, so this will be perfect inspiration for me 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 5, 2017 at 3:09 am

      Thank you! I fell in love when I saw this meme! People are always messaging me asking for more diverse reps, and I’m always LOOKING for more of them, so I’m thrilled to have this as an easy way to share some with everyone!

  • Reply ambsreads August 3, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I’m excited for this meme! I’m looking for more diverse reads currently so this will no doubt be great for my TBR ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 5, 2017 at 3:09 am

      Ahhh yay! I’m so glad it’s getting a good response because I was so excited to start doing it!

  • Reply A.M.B. August 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for highlighting these books! They look great.

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