Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3 – Is this the real life? Is this just magical realism?

Hello, friends, welcome to Day 3 of #NaBloPoMo AKA The Day I Realized I’d Made a Terrible Mistake But Acknowledge That I’m Stubborn Enough to Make Myself Push on Through the Full 30 Days.

Notice how these posts keep coming later and later in the day night?

Diversity Spotlight ThursdayHosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks, Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme used to promote diverse reads that may otherwise go unnoticed. Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. Check out this announcement post for more information on how to join in on the fun and spread diverse reads to the world!

A Book I Have Read

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits by Isabel AllendeIn one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies.

Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

The writing in this book was phenomenal. Now that I’ve recalled this books from the depths of my shoddy-at-best memory, I’ve come to the realization that maybe I just like family sagas (remember when I kinda sorta gushed a bit about that going down in Homegoing?) Moving on! Not only did The House of the Spirits introduce me to the wonderful works of Isabel Allende, but it also made me fall hopelessly in love with Pablo Neruda. While I do remember loving it (and I care more about the feelings I have for a book years later than the actual memory of every little detail), I do hope to one day reread this masterpiece to imprint it in my brain once again.

A Book I Want to Read

Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

Reservation Blues by Sherman AlexieOne day legendary bluesman Robert Johnson appears on the Spokane Indian reservation, in flight from the devil and presumed long dead. When he passes his enchanted instrument to Thomas-Builds-the-Fire– storyteller, misfit, and musician– a magical odyssey begins that will take them from reservation bars to small-town taverns, from the cement trails of Seattle to the concrete canyons of Manhattan. This is a fresh, luxuriantly comic tale of power, tragedy, and redemption among contemporary Native Americans.

I fell in love with Sherman Alexie my freshman year of college.

I could just leave it at that, but I won’t. After reading The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, I was hooked on this man’s every word. (Mad props to my professor who opened my eyes to a lot of my current faves that year.) Fast forward to BEA/BookCon back in May when I ACTUALLY GOT TO MEET THIS MAN AND NEARLY HYPERVENTILATE IN FRONT OF HIM… and sit in on a panel where he discussed diversity in YA with a gaggle of authors that will make me fangirl so hard if I started listing them all. Anywho. When it came time for his signing, I was obvs nervous and blurted out that I wanted him to recommend me something. Hey, why not? After talking things over and explaining how I just couldn’t get my mind off of his short story collection, he handed me Reservation Blues. This book centers around all of the characters I’d followed and grown to love from the collection– like Junior, Victor, and Thomas-Builds-the-Fire. I can’t wait to get started on it… eventually!

Coming Soon!

American Street by Ibi Zoboi | February 14, 2017

American Street by Ibi ZoboiOn the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

How hard is it to find future magical realism releases, bookosphere? Let me count the ways… But I did it! I found American Street just when I’d thought to give up the search and cheat my way through this post (because dat me), and my TBR is a little bit heavier because of it. Written by one of the “Swanky Seventeens,” Ibi Zoboi, this book seems right up my alley. After all, who doesn’t want a little color in their magical tales every now and then ;)

If you’re participating in Diversity Spotlight Thursday, feel free to link me to your post in the comments below.

“Question” of the Day: Do You Have a Fave Magical Realism Author?

4 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3 – Is this the real life? Is this just magical realism?

  1. Ooh, great choices! I recently really enjoyed Like Water for Chocolate, which had fantastic magical realism centering on food!! (I swear I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.)


    • This sounds right up my alley. Let me tell you a thing, my #1 complaint about books = Not Enough Food. So, I’m super stoked to get to Like Water for Chocolate right now. Pushing it close to the top of my list. Thank you!


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