Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks . Please click on this link to get more details about the feature.
To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
A Book I Have Read
I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui
“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”
Nujood Ali’s childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband’s hands and of her daring escape. With the help of local advocates and the press, Nujood obtained her freedom—an extraordinary achievement in Yemen, where almost half of all girls are married under the legal age. Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has inspired other young girls in the Middle East to challenge their marriages. Hers is an unforgettable story of tragedy, triumph, and courage.
This is one of the most shocking and saddest memoirs that I have ever read. It is the first book that I have ever read about a child bride. It was also the first book that I have ever come across set in Yemen.
A Book on my TBR
Simon Vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
This should be an interesting read.
A Book that has not yet been released
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Noah was born a crime, the son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.
A collection of eighteen personal essays, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man’s fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.
Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a lovable delinquent making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed with only a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.
I really like Trevor Noah. I used to watch his shows in South Africa before he moved to the States and started hosting The Daily Show.Well, now I watch The Daily Show because of him. I saw this book on NetGalley and requested it.I have my fingers crossed but if my request is not approved then I will definitely buy this one.
Pub Date 15 Nov 2016
Have you read any of these books? Which other books would you recommend that I add to my TBR. If you participated in this weekly feature, please link me to your post.
14 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday# September 22”
Born a Crime is about to get added to the top of my list. Wow, I really want to read it! I have Simon vs….. on my Kindle, but haven’t read it yet. It’s one of my TBR Pile Challenge books I hope to read this year. Great picks!
Thank you Born a Crime really looks great. I have heard Trevor telling stories about his life growing up in the apartheid era but never in detail so I have always been curious about that. I hope you get the book soon. It is on NetGalley so you can check there. I also hope to read Simon soon. That and Perks of being a Wallflower
Such interesting books on your list this week! :O
Great picks, I’m adding them to my TBR!
Glad to hear that 🙂
Thank you so much for introducing me to these titles. I think Born a Crime sounds like it will have to be added to my TBR list!
Glad to hear that. I hope it will be a good read for you Charlotte. Thanks for stopping by:-)
P.S. The first book on your list here reminds me somewhat of a memoir I read ages ago, Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall. It was the first book I ever read about a child bride, and it was truly harrowing.
I have never heard of Stolen Innocence. I will look for it though.Thanks for mentioning it. Sad to hear that it is also memoir, can’t believe that there are girls who have to go through such horrible experiences 😦
I agree — it was one of those reads which was very tough to get through.