Diversity Spotlight Thursday (#5)

Welcome to Diversity Spotlight Thursday, a feature recently created by Aimal @Bookshelves and Paperbacks to shed light on diverse literature. Each week we’ll be sharing three different books: one that I’ve read, one that I want to read, and an upcoming release. Check that link if you want to join us!


I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb | Setting (Pakistan), POC

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I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Malala became has become worldwide famous for her incredible work as an activist and for surviving after being shot in the head by the Taliban. Her story is inspirational and very important. I think everyone should know about it, so what better way than reading it though her own words?


Ash by Malinda Lo | LGBTQIA+

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In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Two words: Cinderella. Retelling.

I’ve always wanted to read more retellings and I never do. This one would be a great start, as I’ve heard great things about it!


Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | Mental health (OCD & Agoraphobia)

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Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

This one comes out on January 3rd, 2017 and I’m pretty excited about it! I got rejected for the ARC, which was heartbreaking, but that won’t stop me from reading of course. It’s already available for pre-order on Amazon.

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22 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday (#5)

  1. I really need to read Malala’s book! It sounds so inspirational and any time I hear about her, I’m just in awe. I’ve read Ash. It was… okay. I gave it three stars but there was just something off about it to me. I can’t wait for Under Rose-Tainted Skies either!! I’m so glad more books about OCD are coming out 🙂

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    1. Malala is, from the book and the public appareances I’ve seen, a very sweet, smart and witty girl. What she’s done and the obstancles she and her family have encountered haven’t changed her, just pushed her to continue her fight. So it’s definitely inspirational and worth it to read it 🙂
      That’s a shame about Ash! And I’m also really happy mental health is getting more and more representation in books each year 😀


      1. Yeah that’s the impression I get as well. She just seems like such a strong girl. I don’t think I could have coped with what she went through. I’ll definitely need to read it.
        And yeah, it was just off for me and me too! We need more mental health rep in books!!

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  2. Eventually, I want to get around to I Am Malala. Her story does like an incredible read, but I’ve never really been too into non-fiction. I’m still trying to con myself into actually reading When Breath Becomes Air (since it’s been chilling out on my shelf for over a month now).

    I have been seeing Ash around A LOT lately. I might have to add that to my list. Besides, who can really resist a Cinderella retelling? That’s the whole reason I read Cinder earlier this year. Definitely need more retellings in my life. Also, I have never heard of Under Rose-Tainted Skies, but now I want it in my hands right now. It definitely sounds like a good read.

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    1. Non-fiction can be a struggle if you are not completely invested in the subject at hand, but let me assure you that Malala’s story will captivate you. Not only what she went through, but what her home was like, how the people that surrounded her did (her father is amazing), etc. It’s easy to read in the sense that you are captivated by her whole experiences. I hadn’t heard of When Breath Becomes Air, but I just read the blurb and added it to my TBR. It’s a heartbreaking story, but so moving.
      You’re right, there’s always room for retellings 😛 And I’m glad you found Under Rose-Tainted Skies interesting!


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