Diversity Spotlight Thursday: Noli Me Tangere, Hyperbole & a Half, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Hi beautiful bookworms! First off, I realize I haven’t been posting so much recently and it’s mainly because of tiredness and fatigue, and also I’ve been experiencing a reading slump so it’s been difficult for me to read anything, much less write about books. But diversity is super important to me so I really didn’t want to skip this post! So here we go, barely making it to the cut-off (it’s actually the 27th right now over here but hey it’s still the 26th in some parts o the world!) with this week’s Diversity Spotlight Thursday!

Read and Enjoyed: Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal

Noli Me Tangere by Jose RizalI’m going to start off with a book that was required reading in all High Schools in the Philippines, written by our national hero Jose Rizal. Personal opinions about Rizal’s politics and womanizing aside, I absolutely adore this book, and still do years and years after I read it. I’m a huge fan of Victor Hugo and it’s so obvious that his works influenced Rizal’s own, so it’s no surprise that I also love Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not or The Social Cancer are its alternate titles). Like Hugo, Rizal aimed to expose the ills of the society he lived in, including the discrimination against Filipinos by its white colonizers (haha, who was surprised that white colonizers ruin everything though?). This novel is the first to directly call out European colonialism in Asia and I wish more people, especially Asians, would read this.

Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository

TBR: Hyperobole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie BroshI used to regularly visit Hyperbole and a Half so obviously I also have Allie Brosh’s book! Aside from Brosh’s humor and her simple dog web comics, she’s also known for her posts about depression. Allie has both ADHD and depression and she writes about it honestly (and with a nice, tasteful touch of humor) and I really appreciate her for it. It seems that she’s releasing another book soon and I can’t wait for that one too! If you haven’t heard of Allie Brosh before, you can check out her blog at Hyperbole and a Half. It hasn’t been updated in a while but it gives a good feel to what her works are like.

Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository

To-Be-Released: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Goodreads summary says it’s “The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman in this dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend!” East Asian fairytale reimagining? Evil Queen legend? That’s all I need to know about this book, sign me up! I adore fairytale retellings and as an Asian I am always up for more Asians in anything, so this book is basically everything I want in a book. Give me it, give me it now!

Links: Goodreads

What is Diversity Spotlight Thursday?

A weekly book blog meme hosted by Aimal of Bookshelves and Paperbacks, wherein bloggers post about a diverse book fitting one of each category:

  1. A diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book on your TBR
  3. A diverse book that hasn’t been released yet

What do you think about the books I have on my list? Do you have your own list you want to share? Have some recommendations for diverse books with Asians in them (I need a lot more Asian protagonists in my life lol)? Let me know in the comments below!

4 Comments on Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2: Classics, Comics, & Retellings

    • Chiqui
      January 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Aaah yay I’m glad! I always loved her works and simple dog is my favorite ever. Hope you enjoy rereading it! 🙂

    • Chiqui
      February 2, 2017 at 10:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay! It’s a book that’s close to my heart and if you love Hugo’s works I highly recommend Noli me Tangere too! 😄


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