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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2

August 10, 2017

The goal of this meme 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:

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller


I’ve heard nothing but amazing reviews on this book, and I figure it’s pretty telling of its greatness that, when I mentioned in my facebook reading group that I had picked up a kindle copy of it for $1.99, much collective screaming and cheering was had. From what I gather, it’s a gay retelling of The Iliad? GIMME. I love hist-fic and retellings, especially in settings like ancient Greece or Rome, so I’m really eager to dive into this one.

Reps: gay

2. Book you enjoyed:

Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody


I love carnival-of-debauchery-themed books, so I knew I was going to love this one (assuming it wouldn’t be another Caraval – it wasn’t), but I had no idea going into it that it would portray so much fantastic queer rep! Sexuality is regarded as something entirely casual and normalized regardless of where on the spectrum a character falls, and I loved every second of it. Plus, it’s a super fun and suspenseful story. You can read my review here!

Reps: bi, ace, demi, lesbian, black, POC (unspecified – described as having very dark skin and hair)

3. Unreleased titles:

Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann


I just learned about this January 2018 release earlier this week, and immediately had to request an ARC of it, because it sounds fabulous. A carefree young black woman coming into her own, accepting her asexuality, and finding new love? Sign me up! Plus, that cover is stunning. #blackgirlmagic, indeed.

Reps: bi, ace, black, own-voice

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  • Reply Em August 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I’ve only heard of Daughter of the Burning City (which I really want to read), but the other two sound really good as well!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 12, 2017 at 12:16 am

      DOTBC was great! I really enjoyed it. I think it’s gotten mostly positive reviews, from what I’ve seen, so hopefully you’ll love it, too!

  • Reply coffeelovingbookoholic August 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

    OMG the cover for “let’s talk about love” is gorgeous!!! :O

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 12, 2017 at 12:17 am

      Right?! My jaw dropped a little. She is SLAYING! ♡

      • Reply coffeelovingbookoholic August 12, 2017 at 2:32 am

        ???? couldn’t find it on netgalley ? i guess i’ll have to wait!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 13, 2017 at 12:49 am

          So far, I’ve only found it under the “wish for it” option. 🙁 Supposedly, if enough people “wish” for a book, the publishing co is more likely to add it for requesting, though!

  • Reply Anna August 10, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I only heard about Let’s talk about love this week too but omg I am So Excited for this book 😮
    Also TSOA is uhh…… it’s a lot dude. I reread it last month & it left me just as fucked up as the first time lmao it was great fun

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 12, 2017 at 12:17 am

      Me too! Oh man, I heard it was an emotional read, to say the least. Lmao I’m glad you enjoyed it enough to reread it, though! That’s always a good sign!

      • Reply Anna August 12, 2017 at 6:31 am

        That’s the best kind of books tho lbr…….. We may complain but we all love to cry 🙁
        Yeah, it’s just a really good book!

  • Reply Elise @ Roaming Reader August 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t know much about any of these but I think I have a friend who has read Song of Achilles…? I should ask her about that one. I’ll also have to keep an eye out for all of these!

  • Reply lacyliteracy August 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I hope you get a copy of Let’s Talk About Love!

  • Reply whatadifferenceawordmakes August 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Ancient Greece and Rome fascinates me so much. I’m so tempted to pick up Song of Achilles- I’ve only heard good stuff about it as well!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 12, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Same! I really love books set in historical timelines in general, but especially settings like that.

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