All About Diversity Blog Hop

March 10th, 2018 Kimberly Giveaway 48 Comments

10th Mar

All About Diversity

Today I am joining Cricket @ Little Library Muse in celebrating diversity in literature.  Grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa and check out my recommendations. Be sure to enter to win a gift card so you can pick up a new diverse read.

Diversity in literature goes beyond ethnicity. Diversity may include the various facets of sexuality and gender, cultural, and societal groups. Whether characters in the books we read reflect others or ourselves, what is most important is connecting with them in ways that help us understand who we are today.-International Multicultural Literature


Diverse Reads to Add to Your Shelf


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Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest--until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

ARC REVIEW historical ROMANCE well written

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by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by: Macmillan
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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Every Day
by David Levithan
Published by: Random House
Genres: Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally, A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day

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The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A marvelous and absorbing debut novel, an enchanting combination of vivid historical fiction and magical fable about two supernatural creatures in turn-of-the-century immigrant New York.  An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master-the husband who commissioned her-dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free-an unbreakable band of iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world. Overwhelmed by the incessant longing and fears of the humans around her, the cautious and tentative Chava-imbued with extraordinary physical strength-fears losing control and inflicting harm. Baptized by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice, the handsome and capricious Ahmad-an entity of inquisitive intelligence and carefree pleasure-chafes at monotony and human dullness. Like their immigrant neighbors, the Golem and the Jinni struggle to make their way in this strange new place while masking the supernatural origins that could destroy them. Surrounding them is a colorful cast of supporting characters who inhabit the immigrant communities in lower Manhattan at the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century: the café owner Maryam Faddoul, a pillar of wisdom and support for her Syrian neighbors; the solitary Ice Cream Saleh, a damaged man cursed by tragedy; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew Michael, whose Sheltering House receives newly arrived Jewish immigrants; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the mysterious Joseph Schall, a dangerous man driven by ferocious ambition and esoteric wisdom. Meeting by chance, Chava and Ahmad become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing nature-until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice. Marvelous and compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

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Moon Called
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...

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Gunpowder Alchemy
by Jeannie Lin
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Historical Fiction, Steampunk
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

In 1842, the gunpowder might of China’s Qing Dynasty fell to Britain’s steam engines. Furious, the Emperor ordered the death of his engineers—and killed China’s best chance of fighting back… Since her father’s execution eight years ago, Jin Soling kept her family from falling into poverty. But her meager savings are running out, leaving her with no choice but to sell the last of her father’s possessions—her last memento of him. Only, while attempting to find a buyer, Soling is caught and brought before the Crown Prince. Unlike his father, the Emperor, the Prince knows that the only chance of expelling the English invaders is to once again unite China’s cleverest minds to create fantastic weapons. He also realizes that Soling is the one person who could convince her father’s former allies—many who have turned rebel—to once again work for the Empire. He promises to restore her family name if she’ll help him in his cause. But after the betrayal of her family all those years ago, Soling is unsure if she can trust anyone in the Forbidden City—even if her heart is longing to believe in the engineer with a hidden past who was once meant to be her husband…



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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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48 Responses to “All About Diversity Blog Hop”

  1. Cori R

    Bel Canto is one of my favorite diverse novels. While it takes place in an unnamed country in South America, the people all bring a unique story, and perspective to the situation. It’s beautifully written and makes you think about humanity.

  2. Reese

    I really enjoyed In Other Lands, because under (over??) all the satire and poking fun at Fantasy stereotypes, there’s a spotlight on diversity in some of its forms: gender, sexuality, race, politics, hobbies…

  3. Stefanie

    Since I read a lot of fantasy, I feel I get exposed to different cultures and their mythology. I’m going to look up the last book.

  4. Danielle Hammelef

    A diverse book I loved was When Dimple Met Rishi. Another book I liked was You Know Me Well.

  5. Cali W.

    Thanks for the giveaway; I love Patricia Briggs books and Marissa Meyers. 🙂

  6. Aly P

    Nalini Singh has diverse characters and she’s my favorite characters, though I can’t name them at the moment and I love Patricia Briggs.

  7. Fee Roberts

    Most of the books I read are diverse. In fantasy, you have all kinds of diversity.

  8. Maria A. Malaveci

    I loved Cinder! I actually am reading Scarlet right now! Highly recommend it.

  9. John Smith

    “Share a diverse title you enjoyed.” I’ve enjoyed books of Hindustani folk tales.

  10. Mary Preston

    As an eclectic reader most of my books are diverse. Such as “The Hairdresser of Harare” by Tendai Huchu

  11. holdenj

    I really liked Cinder. I just finished reading the Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza.

  12. Carol Luciano

    Great post. I’ll be reading Everyday for sure. Sounds fascinating. Truly, To Kill A Mockingbird was one of the best.

  13. Sabina Edwards

    I’ve read the cinder series, might even have an autographed copy, I also have The Golem and the Jinni on my to reads list.

  14. Alli Cooper

    I’ve actually read 4 of the books you’ve featured above! I really enjoyed the Native American elements in the Mercy Thompson series- especially River Marked!

  15. Rebecca

    Ah, I love so many! My recent favourite is THE HATE U GIVE. It’s popular for a reason. Such a powerful, important, amazing book.

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