Diversity Thursdays #7

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
None of the Above

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My Review

This novel explores what it means to be intersex from the point of view of high school senior Kristin. Shunned by her classmates and friends she struggles with her own identity and what this means for her future.

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Turn Up the Volume

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s an audio freebie. I’ve chosen top ten of my favourite songs that remind me of book characters or moments. Music, like books, has the power to move us and when you combine the two than you’re in for a whirlwind of feels.

Control – Halsey

This song is basically the anthem for The Darkest Minds. The whole song is frighteningly perfect for Ruby. It speaks of controlling your demons and awful energy. I doubt Halsey meant it to be taken so literally but well.

You & I – Rhodes

I have been listening to this song on repeat incessantly since I found it. The whole song reminds me forcefully of The Raven Boys.

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Diversity Spotlight #6: Movies

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 have decided to do something a little different this week in honour of the Toronto International Film Festival taking place in my beloved city. I love books just as much as the next person but sometimes curling up with your laptop and a heart warming movie can be just as comforting. As such, this week I’ve decided to focus on movies which put a spotlight on diversity.

A Movie I’ve Seen
The Way He Looks

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This undeniably sweet coming of age story details the life of Leo, a blind Brazilian teenager, as he navigates the dangerous waters of high school. With the addition of new student, Gabriel, Leo comes to learn a few things about himself. The movie is understated and holds a simplistic beauty. And while the dialogue is often stilted and cheesy, remember it is a foreign film, it’s a lot of fun.

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Favourite Page Turners

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s top ten favourites from any genre. I absolutely abhor picking favourites because there are too many good books and factors to consider. However, I did my best to compile a comprehensive list.

I’ve split this week’s top ten into two top fives because I couldn’t possibly choose ten from one category. Strangely, I’ve recently found myself being drawn towards contemporary and historical fiction. As such, here are some of my favourites from those genres.

Top 5 Historical Fiction
The Nightingale / The Kite Runner /  Outlander

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Diversity Thursdays #5

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
Little Peach
22573856My Review

Michelle is trapped in the world of child prostitution with nowhere and no one else to turn to. If you pick up this novel you are in for a rough ride. It’s compelling, heart breaking and completely brutal and so worth the read.

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Underrated and Unknown

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s a TV show related freebie. I’ve decided to do top ten TV shows that are underrated. I didn’t quite make it to ten but each of these TV shows deserves a chance.

I think many of us can fall into the trap of watching what’s popular or highly recommended, and while this is a great way to go about finding our favourite TV shows, here are some gems which fly a little under the radar.

Please Like Me

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This Australian comedy drama which is written and created by Josh Thomas centres around a twenty-something year old, also played by Josh Thomas, struggling to cement his place in life. At once sharp and hilarious the show brings to life an amazing cast of characters who make mistakes and are messy in their affection. Moreover the show discusses hard hitting subjects like depression, suicide, sexuality and abortion with a light tone that betrays the depth of these issues.

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Diversity Thursdays #4

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
Carry On

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The sweet romance between Simon, the “chosen one,” and his vampire roommate Baz is the base of this novel. They go from nemeses to falling in love in a whirlwind of magic, monsters and fate.

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