5 Diverse Books You Should Start Reading
The book community has changed throughout the years and indeed in great ways. Diverse books have been dominating the scene lately and everyone is happy about it.
Reading diverse books has the ability to empower the readers who think that they are invisible and unwanted. Why is it important, you ask? Because it is relevant! The world doesn't only tell us a single story. It is full of different voices waiting to be heard. It can inspire readers to redefine themselves and bring out the best in them, tell them not to be ashamed of who they are and where they come from.
It's important that we can learn diversity through books so that we can listen to different voices and see different worlds. We need to read diverse books because the stories in them mirror our world and we all deserve to see our reflection, share our stories, and let our voices be heard.
Here are a few books that you can start with that might resonate with you or even change your life.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this debut novel by Angie Thomas is about a girl named Starr Carter who lives in a poor neighborhood and attends a fancy suburban prep school. But one fatal accident changed it all—a police officer killed her childhood best friend Khalil who was unarmed and Starr was the sole witness to this incident. Things started to change around her neighborhood, people tried to call her friend a thug and maybe even a drug dealer. What everyone wants to know is: what really happened that night? And the only person who can answer that is Starr. Telling the truth may risk everything that she has but she's determined to give her friend justice.
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Adam Silvera's latest novel introduces us to a more intense and gripping story about Griffin, who recently lost his ex-boyfriend Theo, in an accident that caused his world to turn upside down. The only thing he can do now is recover from this heartbreak that he's feeling but there's only one person who truly understands his heartache and it's Jackson, Theo's most recent boyfriend. They formed quite a complicated bond with each other but it somehow relieved the pain they once felt. This book is all about being in love, how it feels to lose someone you truly love, and finding yourself again and putting back those puzzle pieces of your life once more.
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Samantha McAllister is in high school and she's one of those popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath all the beauty of her life is a secret that her friends would never understand. Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD that somehow is taking over her life until she was introduced to the people from the Poet's Corner, a tight-knit group of misfits that makes her feels "normal" whenever she's around them. This story is all about Sam dealing with her so called "friends" and how it is to have mental illness in high school that you tend to hide from everybody.
- The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. She has her own fair share of them—26 crushes to be exact but never really had a boyfriend. Molly is totally afraid of rejection. One thing that holds her back is that she always thinks that "fat girls always have to be careful." Then her twin sister gets a girlfriend who happens to be friends with a couple of cute boys and one of them caught Molly's interest, hence adding one more to her long list of unrequited love. Or will she? And then she meets her new co-worker who is a bit nerdy and she knows to herself that liking him won't be an option. Right?
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This YA romantic comedy is about two Indian-American teens whose parents arranged them to be married. Dimple's family is very intact with their traditions and culture even if she wants to do things her way: follow her dreams and become successful in her career. But that didn't stop her parents from setting her up with Rishi who knows everything about the arrangement. This book is basically them crossing paths with each other and finding love in the most unexpected ways possible.
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
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