Hi guys and happy Thursday! Welcome once again to this wonderful weekly meme, I couldn’t post yesterday’s and I didn’t want to miss this one today. So here are my three diverse reads!
Previous Diversity Spotlight Thursday
A Book I Have Read
IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? (AND OTHER CONCERNS) by Mindy Kaling | Non-Fiction, Cultural
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
I read Mindy’s book a while ago and really enjoyed it. She recounts every aspect of her life, from her culture, to how to fit in Hollywood, to personal struggles. I always love hearing her talk she’s super adorable and talented and I really need to pick up her second book, Why Not Me?
A Book On My TBR
MARINA by Carlos Ruiz Zafón | Cultural
In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts. . . .
His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father Germán Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings.
When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.
Zafón is one of the most praised authors out there, I keep hearing good thing after good thing, and you can imagine my shame when I say I haven’t read any of his books. I brought with me Marina and The Shadow Of The Wind – both in Spanish – to the USA with the intention of starting them in the next few months. They promise to be these mysterious, gothic reads and something tells me I might love these.
A Book thats releasing soon
HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera | LGBT+
OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means.
Before reading History Is All You Left Me, I intent on reading More Happy Than Not, Silvera’s debut novel. This one sounds intriguing and I cannot wait to read it when it comes out on January 17th 2017
Follow Fiction Jungle and Let’s Connect!