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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1

Good afternoon, bibliophiles! I decided to partake in this beautiful meme created by the wonderful and amazing Aimal Farooq over at Bookshelves & Paperbacks in an effort to feature more diverse authors and books within the bookworm community! If you are interested in checking out this fun diversity party, just click the BOLD PINK WORDS!

**Please note that credit for the awesome banner featured in this post also goes to Aimal!!**

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In each of these posts, I will be sharing: one diverse book that I’ve read and enjoyed, one diverse book that’s been released but I haven’t read yet (and really want to!), and one diverse book that has not been released yet (and I wanna get my kitten paws on!). I hope you all will join me in finding, reading, and promoting the beauty that is diversity in literature.

A Diverse Book That I’ve Read & Enjoyed:

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami is my #OwnVoices choice! It is a Japanese magical realism novel about 1960s in Tokyo, Japan. Music was creating a revolution, while college became the ultimate coming-of-age platform for many young people. The book follows a young man in the wake of his best friend’s death, and the mystical romance that begins to occur between him and his late buddy’s girlfriend. It is emotional, thought-provoking, and a wonderful exploration of the Japanese life post-World War II. It also happens to be one of my favourite novels of all time!!

A Diverse Book That’s Released But I Haven’t Read (YET!):

An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao released in March 2016 and is #OwnVoices. It’s a compilation of short stories that explore the severe effects of the largest peacetime migration in human history–the Partition, which led to the creation of the country of Pakistan. Each of the stories discusses how the partition of India and Pakistan affected the ordinary lives of Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs with raw and unhindered emotion, visual details, and empathetic human beings.

A Diverse Book That’s NOT Been Released Yet:

The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan is #OwnVoices and a heart-rending story of love, family, friendship, and homecoming told against the backdrop of Iran’s rich, yet tragic, history; at its centre is the neighbourhood café in Tehran. Both the author and protagonist of the novel are Iranian Muslim women. The books explores Iran’s rich country, cultures, and people as a tale of war and mystery unfold with lyrical prose. It releases on 18-Apr-2017.

4 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1

  1. Welcome to the Diversity Spotlight Thursday group! It is such a great tag 🙂

    This is really interesting – I’d read Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and I couldn’t stand it. It felt really pretentious to me. Does Norwegian Wood feel like that? The premise sounds so interesting that I’d like to give him a go again.

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    1. I never felt that Norwegian Wood was pretentious. But I may not be the best person to ask as I absolutely love Haruki Murakami’s novels. The novel is sensual yet revealing and intimate with its portrayal of emotions, which I absolutely adored.

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