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

If you check out my Diversity Spotlight Thursday tag on the right, you can see my other Diversity Spotlight Thursdays! I apologise if anyone saw this (incomplete) post go up last week – I’ve just started up a new job and I didn’t leave myself any time to finish the post. I’m going to try to stop that happening in the future. However, if it does happen again, please just message me to say!

This week I’m focusing on body positivity! This has been a really big thing lately for me – whilst I have been going to the gym and trying to eat healthily, I’ve also been trying to think of my body with love and positivity. If you’re interested, Melanie at Grab the Lapels has a fabulous post about her search for good representations of fat people in literature. You definitely need to check out her recommendations!



Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss–and walk away laughing. Shrillprovocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.

I absolutely adored Shrill. Seriously, I kinda want to be Lindy West. She’s so unafraid to be loud and full of personality and absolutely undaunted by haters. You can read my review here!



Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

I just bought Dumplin’ and I am super excited to read it – I’ve heard such amazing things about the representation in this book, and I really hope that it is going to encourage me into thinking even better things about my body.


Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Leah on the Offbeat is Becky Albertalli’s third novel – and needless to say, I am ABSOLUTELY BLOODY THRILLED. Bisexual and fat representation? YES PLEASE. Why isn’t it April 2018 yet?

(The lovely lady in my graphic was drawn by The Nearsighted Owl).


4 thoughts on “diversity spotlight thursday

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    OHMYGOSH! I’ve read the two books published on this list! I feel so cultured and important now. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Diversity Spotlight where I’ve read both books. I hope that you like Dumplin when you get to it. I look forward to your review!


      1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I wish I had more suggestions for you… There are quite a few books I’ve read which illustrate body positivity, but it’s not at the core. For example, I adore everything Rainbow Rowell has ever written, and I think that Eleanor and Park features some quality, and subtle, body positivity messages.

        That said, Dietland by Sarai Walker is the next book highlighting body positivity. I am waiting for it to come in from the library as we speak. I picked it up (or will be soon) thanks to Laila @ Big Reading Life and Melanie @ Grab the Lapels. Both have really convincing reviews!


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