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BookladyOnTheMove
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Traveling in Dinétah with Luci Tapahonso. #ownvoices #indigenousauthor

Tamra I love NM! Will stack. 7d
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4thhouseontheleft
A Girl Like That | Tanaz Bhathena
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Panpan

It took me half of summer to get through this audiobook. I think it‘s more the narration than the book itself, I kept finding it odd that young Saudi teens kept sounding like 90‘s Valley girls. But I also didn‘t like the subtle layer of Islamaphobia that seemed to be woven into the story. It is not an #OwnVoices book, and while I loved the main character, much of the supporting cast felt superficial.

Latest paint by sticker pic in the background!

Megabooks I love paint by sticker! 1w
lele1432 Darn. I've been kinda looking forward to this one. Oh well, love the painting! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @megabooks It‘s so relaxing! @lele1432 too be honest, I may have gotten a completely different vibe if I read rather than listened to it. The audiobook narration really highlights how tone of voice and inflection can change how things come across! FYI also TW for sexual assault and abuse. 1w
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lele1432 Yeah I'm definitely picky about audiobook narrators. If I give this a go it'll be the ebook or physical book. 1w
Lindy @4thhouseontheleft Did you mean to say it IS an #ownvoices book? The author is Parsi and grew up in Saudi Arabia, like her protagonist. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Lindy It is Own Voices for the Parsi characters, but not the Saudi Muslim characters, who also have their own POV chapters in the book. (edited) 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Lindy I think one of my concerns with this book comes down to the fact that there isn‘t one single good Muslim male character in the book (or girl, really, for that matter). And whether or not the author intended it, the reader could walk away thinking the problem is Islam. I know Zorastrians have faced a lot of persecution in various contexts, I think there is just a lot of complexity here that didn‘t come through. 1w
Lindy @4thhouseontheleft I found the writing mediocre but I did appreciate the immersion I felt into the life of one particular messed up Parsi girl. My YA book club discussed this a while back and the rest of the group was more enthusiastic about it than I was. 1w
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SassenachTheBookWizard
The Things She's Seen | Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Ambelin Kwaymullina
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Pickpick

This was a wonderful own voices title from Indigenous Australian authors. Despite being less than 200 pages, it covered a lot of things about how Indigenous people were treated under colonization (which we did a lot of similar stuff in Canada). But I think most importantly, it touched on missing & murdered indigenous women AND the 60s Scoop while also lifting up the female characters without pretending racism and abuse is simple to get over & past

8little_paws Yes!! This book was pretty damn good. Great choice for #readharder #ownvoices in Oceania 2w
LeeRHarry My library here in Melbourne doesn‘t have this - looks like I should put it on their radar... 2w
SassenachTheBookWizard @LeeRHarry double check searching for just the author's names! I just saw somewhere that it was given a different title in North America (which is where I live) 2w
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SassenachTheBookWizard @LeeRHarry I FOUND THE ORIGINAL TITLE! Maybe your library has this title version 2w
LeeRHarry @SassenachTheBookWizard Legend! I found it under that title - thanks! 😊 2w
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kate_reads
Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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Pickpick

I loved this so much. Frank is a refreshingly honest and moral character and I am such a fan of how Yoon addresses culture and finding your tribe, casual racism and even internal prejudice. It‘s also amazing to read #ownvoices books about Korean Americans ☺️

4.5 / 5

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Lindy
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Pickpick

My praise:
1) A young lesbian of mixed South Asian heritage is the central character.
2) An interesting cast of other queer characters.
3) Engaging storylines.
4) Well-drawn drag performance milieu.
My reservations:
1) Supporting character Deirdra is a Black drag queen (but seems more of a trans woman) who‘s cast in the role of manic pixie dream girl.
2) A little too much teen angst.
Verdict: a pick in #audiobook.
#LGBT #ownvoices #Canadian #YA

Lindy A note about the audiobook narrator, Soneela Nankani: she‘s everywhere! (And she‘s great.) In the past year, I‘ve listened to at least 7 books that she‘s performed. 3w
Cinfhen Good to know!! Excellent review💜 3w
Lindy @Cinfhen 😘 3w
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monalyisha
The Hollow Girl | Hillary Monahan
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I have one day of class left until I‘m 100% free of academic obligations (at least until the Fall). I‘m freaking psyched.

Jumping back into this book that I started one day when I had a spare 30 minutes. It‘s about a Welsh Romany girl who‘s apprenticing under her grandmother to become the tribe‘s witchy wise woman when she‘s attacked & raped. Not light but fascinating & smart. The author has Romany ancestry so it‘s #ownvoices, which is cool.

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suzisteffen
Symptoms of a Heartbreak | Sona Charaipotra
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The latest #ownvoices YA book to land in my library inbox! Fingers crossed for this hyped and well supported work!

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Soubhiville
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#LitsyATXReadersSociety July theme was #ownvoices, and we had a nice variety that sparked some really interesting conversations. We all enjoyed our books!

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Lindy
Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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Pickpick

Brilliant use of the vampire thriller format to address issues of xenophobia and racism, as well as to propose relationship alternatives to the nuclear family. A compelling #audiobook narrated by Tracey Leigh. #LGBTQ #ownvoices #genesplicing

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