The wonderful Aimal created this weekly blog meme on her blog to support diverse books and give them a bigger spotlight. Since I absolutely adore reading diverse books, and if you’re following me I think you do too since most of my reviews are about diverse books, I wanted to give this a try. Anyway, enjoy!
Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
Now I don’t think any of you don’t know Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, as it is a very popular book. But does it hurt to mention it again? (and again? and again?) No definitely not. I think it absolutely deserves that popularity. It is an ownvoices coming-of-age story featuring two latino teens and their love story. The writing is gorgeous and it is still one of my favorite books. Also, I definitely need to reread it. 5 Stars, published in 2012
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
Oh, I have heard so much about this book! A superhero story featuring a bisexual asian MC, written by an ownvoices author. Anyway, I am very excited for this book and I hope I’ll get around to buying/reading it soon. published in 2016
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Embers
Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
A book about mermaids, featuring bisexual characters by an ownvoices Author. Honestly, what doesn’t sounds awesome about this? This a book I am super excited to read. (Also mermaids guys! Norse mythology. MERMAIDS!)
So that’s it for my first ever Diversity Spotlight post (and all ownvoices nice!). I hope you liked it and maybe found a new diverse book to pick up. If you’ve read any of the books on this list, please tell me if you liked it too, I love talking about books.