Diversity Thursdays #1

This weekly spotlight was created by Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Please feel free to view the full post and all the details here.

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone that readers are searching the literary world for diverse characters and authors. I myself am guilty of reading books which lack diversity and I strive to fix that with a little help from these posts.

A Book I Have Read
Outrun the MoonUnder a Painted Sky

9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.inddSan Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

22501055Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier.

But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

These historical fiction novels include a female Chinese protagonist who struggles in a world which is scornful of them. Stacey Lee is of Chinese heritage herself, though born and raised in California. Stacey Lee takes an intricate culture and waves it into her stories with beautiful precision and these novels allow for a glimpse into when the world was backwards and people suffered for it. This piece of history was basically unknown to me before picking up these novels and I am so glad I had the chance to explore it in more detail with these novels.

A Book On My TBR List
Six of Crows

23437156Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

This book came to me highly recommended but I have yet to delve into the world of these six crooks and their perilous adventures. Of the six protagonist who share a split perspective two of them are POC characters.

Soon To Be Released
Georgia, Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruits

28003097Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?

I have a hard time finding novels which include lesbian protagonists for some reason so I was very excited when I stumbled upon this novel. This novel will be published on August 30th.

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7 thoughts on “Diversity Thursdays #1

  1. Thank you so much for participating! Outrun the Moon sounds like such a fascinating read, and I’d never heard of it before your post, so I’ll definitely be adding it to my TBR. I haven’t read nearly enough books with Asian protagonists!
    I hope you enjoy Six of Crows. Not only does it have PoC protagonists, but it also has 2 different interracial relationships and one male/male ship. I love, love, love that book. ❤

    If you don't mind, every time someone participates, I'd like to post a link of their post at the end of mine. WordPress doesn't support linky widgets (wtf WordPress?) so this is the only way I can think of compiling a week-to-week post-roundup of everyone who might participate. Let me know. 😀

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  3. I haven’t heard of Outrun the Moon before, but it’s instantly going to my TBR list. I’d love to read more books with Chinese protagonists; I feel like they may speak to me and my own experiences. Thank you for sharing!

    Six of Crows is an awesome book – pretty gritty, and as Aimal says, has PoC protagonists and really fun ships. I hope you enjoy it when you read it! ❤

    1. Both of Stacey Lee’s novels have fun and intriguing protagonists. She breathes life into them because of the careful way she integrates culture amid fast paced plot lines. So excited about Six of Crows after all the glowing praise it’s receiving! I will definitely bump it up my TBR list.

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