Hi, everyone! Even though Thursday is almost over, it’s still not too late to post another Diversity Spotlight Thursday meme! This awesome weekly meme was created by the amazing Aimal @ bookshelves&paperbacks to shed light on diverse books. For more info, click here.
The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton
In Ian Hamilton’s The Water Rat of Wanchai, we meet forensic accountant and martial arts expert Ava Lee in her early days working for the mysterious businessman Uncle as they track down large sums of money that have disappeared. One of Uncle’s longtime friends has requested help for his nephew, who needs to recover five million dollars from a business deal that went sideways. Ava steps in and immediately is off on a global hunt for the missing money that has her dodging shady characters.
On a journey that takes her from Seattle to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Guyana, and the British Virgin Islands, Ava encounters everything from the Thai katoey culture to corrupt government officials. In Guyana she meets her match: Captain Robbins, a godfather-like figure who controls the police, politicians, and criminals alike. In exchange for his help, Robbins decides he wants a piece of Ava’s five million dollars and will do whatever it takes to get his fair share.
The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is so ready to let her ally flag fly that even a second, way more blindsiding confession can’t derail her smiling determination to fight for gay rights.
Before you can spell LGBTQIA, Daisy’s leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. And if people assume Daisy herself is gay? Meh, so what. It’s all for the cause.
What Daisy doesn’t expect is for “the cause” to blow up—starting with Adam, the cute college journalist whose interview with Daisy for his university paper goes viral, catching fire in the national media. #Holy #cats.
With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, and Daisy’s mad attraction to Adam feeling like an inconvenient truth, Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.
There ya have it! My Diversity Thursday picks. (My TBR list is so long, I never know which books to choose.)
The Water Rat of Wanchai was such a fun book to read. The whole series is great! Ava Lee is a Chinese American who takes us on an exciting journey through Asia trying to catch a thief. It’s definitely worth picking up.
I have heard many good things about The Inside of Out, so it’s definitely a book I’d like to get to soon.
And Our Own Private Universe isn’t due to release until January 2017. So I’ve got a little bit to wait on that one, but I am so excited for it!!
Have you read, or plan to read, any of these books? If so, how did you like them??