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! Today’s focus is one that is very close to my heart – bisexual MCs! September is bisexual awareness month, so I thought it would be an appropriate topic. As always, if you’ve done a Diversity Spotlight Thursday recently, link me! This is my favourite tag of all time 😀

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Zack Ramos is training for two things: being a parent to his twelve-year-old sister once his mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s (the same kind he and his sister each have a 50% chance of developing–but let’s not think about that) progresses too far, and running a one hundred mile race through the mountains of Tennessee. His support system is longtime girlfriend Jordan Jonas, who’s sweet, sarcastic, and entirely virtual. They’ve been talking for years but still have never met in person. Because Jordan, it turns out, was still waiting for the right time to tell him that she’s Deaf.

The revelation brings them closer together, and Zack throws himself into learning sign language and trying to navigate their way through their different cultures. But with the stress of a tumultuous relationship, a new language, a sick mother, and his uncertain future, there’s going to be a breaking point…and it might be out there in the Tennessee wild.

Wild by Hannah Moskowitz is especially dear to my bisexual heart because both of the love interests Zack and Jordan are bisexual. I have found it so difficult to find books where both of the main characters are bisexual, although I myself have only ever dated bisexual people! You can read my review of Wild here.

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In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she.

Two cells make up one cell. This is the mathematics behind creation. One plus one makes one. Life begets life. We are the period to a sentence, the effect to a cause, always belonging to someone. We are never our own.

This is why we are so lonely.
She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.

She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya is a recent discovery. I was reading Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian’s blog (which is brilliant, if you haven’t checked it out please do so) and it was mentioned. This is why I love the internet – I never would have heard of this book, or hundreds of others, without it!

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Aladdin’s Beyond Words imprint has bought world English rights to Lee Wind’s nonfiction middle grade book, The Queer History Project: No Way, They Were Gay? Wind is the writer and LGBTQ activist behind the I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? blog. His nonfiction middle grade book will feature profiles and primary sources that explore LGBTQ loves and lives. Publication is set for September 2017.

The Queer History Project: No Way, They were Gay? by Lee Wind sounds exactly the kind of book that I would have loved when I was in middle school! I certainly hope that it is still being released, as although it says it should be published in September 2017, it still does not have a cover or reviews.

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