diversity spotlight thursday

Created by Aimal, you can check out the rules here. Basically, every week you list

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

My previous Diversity Spotlight Thursdays have focused on picture books/graphic novels, indigenous voices, and non-fiction. This week, I’m going to be talking about books with trans characters.


A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde


On the search for a cup of coffee before the guest lecture he’s giving, Tom spies a tired, half-frozen young man who looks even more need of coffee than him. On impulse, he buys the man a cup—but an attempt to strike up conversation ends in the young man walking off, seemingly put off by Tom Walford—the tabloids’ favourite billionaire—buying him coffee. But when he reappears in Tom’s lecture, all Tom knows is that he doesn’t want the man slipping away a second time.

Agreeing to dinner with a man he only knows from internet gossip columns isn’t the wisest decision Cin’s ever made, but he wants to like the infamous Tom Walford and he can’t do that if he doesn’t give the man a fair chance to be likeable. Which he is, almost frustratingly so, to the point Cin wishes maybe he hadn’t been so fair because he never had any intention of getting attached to Tom, who seems to come from a world far too different from his own for anything between them to last. Little does Cin know, they’ve got a lot more in common than he imagines—including their shared discomfort with their assigned genders, and all the complications that go with it.

I’ve only just started this book (ssh!) but I’m enjoying it so far. I don’t tend to read a lot of romance, but like SFF, I think this might be because I’ve always thought the genre could only be about straight, white abled people. I’m interested to see if I like romance any better now that I know this is not the case!


Documenting Light by EE Ottoman


When Wyatt brings an unidentified photograph to the local historical society, he hopes staff historian Grayson will tell him more about the people in the picture. The subjects in the mysterious photograph sit side by side, their hands close but not touching. One is dark, the other fair. Both wear men’s suits.

Were they friends? Lovers? Business partners? Curiosity drives Grayson and Wyatt to dig deep for information, and the more they learn, the more they begin to wonder — about the photograph, and about themselves.

Grayson has lost his way. He misses the family and friends who anchored him before his transition and the confidence that drove him as a high-achieving graduate student. Wyatt lives in a similar limbo, caring for an ill mother, worrying about money, unsure how and when he might be able to express his nonbinary gender publicly. The growing attraction between Wyatt and Grayson is terrifying — and incredibly exciting.

As Grayson and Wyatt discover the power of love to provide them with safety and comfort in the present, they find new ways to write the unwritten history of their own lives and the lives of people like them. With sympathy and cutting insight, Ottoman offers a tour de force exploration of contemporary trans identity.

Another romance! Apparently the writing in this is brilliant. Here is an interview with EE about the book – I think they normally write historical novels, so if I like this one, I might just try some of their other books too!


Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee

Bells thought he had it made when his powers manifested early. He kept it a secret at first, using his shapeshifting abilities to live in the body he’s meant to. The superhero thing came later—after all, it’s an honor to be selected for the Heroes’ League of Heroes.

But Bells isn’t able to fight crime as Chameleon for very long before he and his friends discover the League is corrupt and the power-hungry, former-hero Captain Orion is loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless.

Catch the bad guy; save the day. Bells has a lot on his plate, especially considering he also has to graduate from high school and figure out how to tell his best friend Emma he’s in love with her.

The sequel to Not Your Sidekick, aka one of my favourite books of 2016! This book doesn’t have a cover or release day yet, I’m afraid, however, I will be announcing information as soon as I have it. I am so ridiculously excited to read it, as I’m sure C.B. Lee will do a brilliant job.

If you’ve done a Diversity Spotlight Thursday, link me in the comments!

9 thoughts on “diversity spotlight thursday

  1. Dina says:

    Oh wow, those books sound interesting. I don’t know if I can handle romance that’s not YA, so I’ll live through you and experience lovin’ in literature that way. But, I like that you’re making a conscious choice to look for diverse reads. And, like, it’s kind of epic to see you pick books I have never heard of. In awe here. As always, it’s inspiring to read your blog.


    1. whatthelog says:

      Yeah I’ve just got over halfway and I’m really enjoying it. I’m actually going to be reviewing it over at Bookish Fangirl, if you’re interested. 🙂
      YES! It was my favourite book of 2016, hands down.


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