Diversity spotlight Thursday is a meme created by Aimal@Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Each week, you discuss three books: one that you’ve read, one that’s on your TBR and one that hasn’t been released yet.
If I discovered Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with her fantastic – and important – short essay We Should All Be Feminists, Half of a Yellow Sun touched me as very few books do. Harsh, unapologetic, heartbreaking, the story written here is not for the faint of heart but deserves all the praise it gets. First because it showed me how uneducated I was when it comes to Africa – it takes place during the Biafra war of 1967-1970, about which I had little to no knowledge – and then because it showcases such a wonderful writing, and managed to make me care about every one of these characters, even those I wanted to slap. Really, though? Half of a Yellow Sun broke my heart. Hard. The fury, the sadness I felt? I won’t forget them anytime soon. TW – Sexual violence
When it comes to novels portraying characters having mental illnesses, my feelings have always been mixed. On the one hand, I’m very much interested in learning more, but on the other hand many of them misrepresent illnesses and are offensive because full of ableist tropes and other bullshit. The problem is, illnesses are often used as a plot device, and I have no fucking shits to give to stories where they are used to make some instalovish romance more edgy. Thank you but no thanks. That’s why I’m very excited to read Under Rose-Tainted Skies : this is an #ownvoices novel. It changes everything, because I know I can trust Louise Gornall‘s character to ring true and not spread damaging stereotypes. Count me in.
The teacher part of me – which never sleeps, according to my boyfriend 🙈 – is ecstatic to get her hands on The Gauntlet soon(ish, alright, March 28th is not yet there but what can I say, I CAN’T WAIT). Since my middle-grade experiment, that you may have followed when I mainly reviewed on Goodreads, I’ve barely read any middle-grade fiction and that’s a shame! I mean, steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair? Talk about a fantastic premise. I’ve only one regret, it’s that it’s not translated in French – yet – because if it’s as awesome as it seems, my students would love it. Maybe one day^^