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
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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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Six of Crows

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Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: 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.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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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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Book Haul: August

I don’t do book hauls because I generally don’t buy that many books in bulk. I love the library because I get kind of picky when it comes to books so I love that I can just return them when I’m finished. Having said that I will probably post mini library hauls once in a while.

However, given that it’s summer I couldn’t help purchasing a few books for long humid days. I haven’t read any of these yet and I apologize for the poor quality. I have no idea how to rival the frankly beautiful pictures of more sophisticated book bloggers. Hopefully I’ll churn our some reviews for these novels soon!

The Odyssey / The Martian / Glass Sword

These three have been on my TBR list for ages and I’ve been meaning to get my hands on them for awhile. So happy to finally have them cluttering up my bookshelf.

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Back to School

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s top ten books which you wish were required reading for schools.

It’s that time of year again. Stress levels skyrocket, textbooks are bought, young adults everywhere look out with hollow unfeeling eyes as they attempt to get an education and cement their place in the world. Obviously, this time of year can be as rigorous as it can be exciting.

I’ve chosen top ten books I wish were on the required reading list for schools. I think every student, at one point or another, laments over the sometimes tedious novels we’re required to read. This list is composed partially of novels I read in school and adored and partially of novels I wish were required reading.

Three Day Road
Joseph Boyden

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This novel is heartbreaking and eye opening. It’s especially important for Canadian education. As a Canadian it is devastating how little aboriginal history and culture are touched upon in our schools. Actually, any of Joseph Boyden’s novels would be a good pick.

The Secret History
Donna Tartt

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This novel has complicated characters you can connect with who are caught up in a chilling murder plot. I can only imagine the discussion this would churn up among students. The whole anti-hero dilemma that plagues so many books is beautifully illustrated in this novel.

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The Rosie Project 

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Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

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