Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. The goal: talk about diverse books! The meme features 3 diverse books—1 diverse book you read and enjoyed, 1 diverse book that you haven’t read yet, and 1 diverse book that hasn’t been released yet.
In keeping with the theme for May’s Diverse Reads 2017 challenge, I’m going to continue talking about religious diversity. This week, I’m spotlighting Jewish main characters.
A Diverse Book I Read & Enjoyed
Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen
This story of a teenager who becomes an anonymous matchmaker stole my heart. Raina’s voice was authentic with just the right amount of snark, and the story provides a comic view into life in a tight-knit Jewish community in Toronto. I was laughing out loud reading all of Raina’s mishaps. It was fun to read a book that’s ostensibly about romance and dating that doesn’t emphasize teenagers dating—Raina works hard to set up her clients, but she doesn’t bother with dating herself.
A Diverse Book on my TBR
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book has been on my physical TBR for a while, after I purchased a copy in a used bookstore circa 2012. The story follows a young man (the author?) as he searches for answers to his family’s past in the Ukraine. I’m always into a self-discovery story, plus I have such an embarrassing obsession with anything meta (don’t judge me). I’ve yet to read anything by Foer but I’ve heard amazing things about his writing and I’m looking forward to reading something ~literary~ in the near future.
A Diverse Book That Hasn’t Yet Been Released
The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (September 1)
I keep hearing about this book, mostly because I follow the author on Twitter. I’m not generally a fantasy reader, but I’m a sucker for time travel, and this story is about Ellie, who accidentally time travels to 1988 East Berlin—yes please!
Have you read any awesome books with Jewish MCs? Read any of the books on this list or have suggestions for my TBR? Let me know in the comments!