Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1


Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme created by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks! Each week you feature a diverse book that you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse upcoming release. 

Hello again bookworms! Today I’m participating in my first Diversity Spotlight! As a blogger, reviewer, and reader, I’m always trying to read more diverse books and promote them. Lately, I don’t think I’ve been doing a great job of that, so this is just one easy way that I’m going to increase my outspokenness about the importance of #ownvoices books and other aspects of diverse representation. I’m gonna shoot to do a Diversity Spotlight at least once every month or two (my life is busy, okay?)


Empress of a Thousand Skies cover

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

This was my most recent diverse read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Not only does it have two POC main characters, but it deals a lot with racism, prejudice, and imperialism (in this case between planet nations, not just between countries on Earth). Though my opinion on the subject isn’t 100% valid, I thought the representation was done quite well, and was very applicable to our world. Look out for my review for this in a few days!


The Hate U Give cover

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Alright, everyone and their 2nd-cousin-twice-removed is currently obsessed with this book (for good reason), so of all the diverse books I have sitting on my shelf (there are quite a few), this definitely takes that #1 spot. I’m a sucker for hype, what can I say? Police brutality is such a charged topic, both socially and emotionally, that I really want to take my time reading it. But I’m also pretty sure @ Jordz the Bibliophile will kill me if I don’t read this book soon.

Releasing Soon

Upside of Unrequited cover

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

I have about 10000 diverse anticipated releases on my list, but I just decided to feature the one that’s releasing soonest. Like THUG, this book is definitely receiving its fair share of hype, and I’m not immune! I’ve yet to read Simon VS (even though it’s been on my TBR forever) but judging from what I’ve heard, I can’t wait to experience Becky’s writing for myself. Upside features a fat main character and a F/F relationship, it sounds ridiculously cute and fluffy and I just need it!!

So that’s all for now! I’m sure 98% of you already know about these books, but as I delve deeper into the world of diverse reads, I’m hoping to feature more that are little-known or underrated.

What are some of your favorite diverse or #ownvoices books? Did you participate in this week’s DST? Comment a link to your post down below, I’d love to read some more recommendations!

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2 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1”

  1. I know, I don’t think I’ve read a single review that didn’t say completely positive things!! I’m definitely super excited to read THUG, I just hope I actually have the time to read it soon ?

  2. I have The Hate U Give on my TBR pile and hope to get to it soon. All the reviews I’ve read have been extremely positive. I haven’t read the others you mentioned either but they sound good too!

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