Diversity Spotlight #4


Hey guys, welcome to another installment of Diversity Spotlight Thursday created by Bookshelves & Paperbacks ! Click to see the first, second and third installment of this series in my blog. I’ve decided to alter a bit the original post. Initially we had to answer 3 questions:

  1. Diverse book you enjoyed reading
  2. Diverse book that has been released and you want to read
  3. Diverse book yet to be released and you want to read

And because I suck in being up to date with upcoming releases, I shall do my diversity posts answering the first 2 questions only 🙂

Here are my picks for this week!

1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed

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Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

I just finished this brilliant debut novel by a writer who has Western and Asian ancestry and it is such a well written book! Questioning an artist’s struggles in New York on top of being female and Asian, this is easily one of my favourite diverse reads. Read my review here and please pick this up if you have the time!

2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read

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The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

I am very much looking forward to this Turkish-influenced novel that contains many Rumi references! It has such an interesting premise and I hope to venture more into Oriental or Middle Eastern novels.

Thanks for reading this post! Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them?


Review: Finding Audrey (Sophie Kinsella)

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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★


An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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Review: The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★


High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

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Review: Harmless Like You (Rowan Hisayo Buchanan)


Genre: General Fiction

Rating: ★★★★★


Written in startlingly beautiful prose, HARMLESS LIKE YOU is set across New York, Berlin and Connecticut, following the stories of Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki’s son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old.

HARMLESS LIKE YOU is an unforgettable novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships and familial bonds, offering a unique exploration of love, loneliness and reconciliation.

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