Diversity Spotlight Thurday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with one book fitting three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.
I have been eyeing this meme for a while now because it looked amazing, and I finally decided to go for it.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
I read The Girl From Everywhere back in June, and even though it wasn’t as I expected, I really enjoyed it. Heidi’s writing style is absolutely delicious, and the way she described the scenery was amazing. It felt like I was there. I also immensely enjoyed the characters. I loved the whole pirate crew, and I really liked our main character Nix. If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can check out my review here.
Besides writing amazing books, Heidi also writes some amazing tweets and I’d strongly suggest following her on Twitter.
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.
I have been hearing amazing things about this book from a lot of people, but I have never really been tempted to read this book before. This book deals with agoraphobia and anxiety, two things I deal with daily, and reading about them just wasn’t a good idea. Luckily, I’m feeling better now and I decided it was time to finally pick this one up. I ordered it last week, and I can’t wait to dive into it!
Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.Great.Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.
When I saw this one on Netgalley, read it’s synopsis and spotted the words ‘ancient Egypt’ ‘time travel’ and ‘monsters’, I was hooked. Luckily, my review request got accepted and I’m currently reading it! I’m 30% in so far and I’m not loving it yet, but I’m sure it’s going to get better.