🌈Happy Lesbian Visability Day!🌈
What a perfect day to do this meme! Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a meme created by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks, where you put a spotlight on a diverse book for three different categories:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
I ready should mention Radclyffe Hall’s The Well Of Loneliness, purely because it’s an amazing semi-biography of Radclyffe Hall’s life around the turn of the century and WW1 as a female falling in love with other females. It’s so beautifully written. If you havent read it please do. But very recently I found another book that took me by surprise, and that is:
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
I originally wrote a review (here) a couple of weeks ago as this book blew my mind! I absolutely loved it!
It’s set in the future, in space, on a spaceship travelling towards the promised land. There are a lot of social issues discussed and explored in this book including slavery, colour, gender, sexual orientation, romantic orientation and a maternal woman not wanting children.
If you havent read this, please do!
I Can’t Think Straight by Shamim Sarif
I put this on my TBR for one main reason, it blends LGBT+ and religion. Two subjects which normally crashes.
Tala is a Palestinian Christian and London based protagonist, who is preparing for her upcoming wedding when she meets lovely Indian Muslim Layla. The attraction is instant and deeper than friendship.
Yes, that cover is a bog-standard romance cover, but I hope this book is so much more than that. It explores many subjects which are normally not explored in fiction books, and especially not in the same storyline.
I like the play on word in the title too. Nice one😁
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Every year the king chooses eight paper girls to serve him, but this year there are nine girls and one is made of fire.
Lei, the main character in this Asian inspired fantasy novel, is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest of the low. She still remembers the day her mother was taken to serve the king and this year it’s her turn. She spends weeks training to become one of the king’s consorts but she is not content to let her life be spelt out for her. Instead, she falls in love. This forbidden romance threatens to tear apart the foundations of the country itself and Lei my decide how far she wants to go for revenge.
Lastly, did you see that cover? 😍
What do you think? Did any of these sound interesting to you? Let me know in the comments