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Ubookquitous
The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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Quick, fast-paced novella set in an alternate Free New Orleans. A wonderful blend of Haitian, Carribean, African and New Orleans influences. Highly recommend. #DiverseReading #OwnVoices

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Julián Castro is third-generation Mexican American. His grandmother walked over the border as a 7-year-old orphan. She and his mother instilled two key values in Julián and his twin, Joaquin—education and public service. The writing reads quickly, it‘s not overly political, and the story is inspiring.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#readthecandidates #2020candidates #ownvoices

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gossamerchild
Juliet Takes a Breath | Gabby Rivera
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I *mostly* liked this. Once I got over my immediate and very long term annoyance with Juliet (does she ever describe her brother as anything other than chubby? That really bothered me), I enjoyed the book. I didn't think the storytelling aspect of it was particularly strong, but I appreciate what the author is doing. I loved the characters (except possibly Juliet).

Overall, I'd recommend this to teens and anyone wanting to read more #ownvoices.

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4thhouseontheleft
Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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Some have compared this to HP, but I don‘t think that gives justice to this unputdownable #OwnVoices YA book that veers away from the Euro-Centric elements common in the fantasy genre. Sunny is a great heroine, and I‘m diving right into the sequel!

Okorafor places the Akata series as #africanjujuism, a sub genre of fantasy. I definitely want to delve more into this sub genre!

#screamathon
#MountTBR
#booked2019 #POCParanormal
#pop19 :2 word title

4thhouseontheleft @Clwojick This fits #scaryscavengerhunt : Witch in it, over 200 pgs, part of a series. 2 pts for theme (serial killer subplot), 1 pt participation. #teamslaughter 2w
Clwojick woohoo! a 6 pointer! 2w
TheSpineView Way to go! 📚🤩 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage There‘s a prompt idea for 2020! 1w
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teebe
The Orange Shirt Story | Phyllis Webstad
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Today is #OrangeShirtDay. There are many, many reading lists out there related to Orange Shirt Day, and residential schools generally. Here is one, and a general reminder to prioritize #OwnVoices books in learning:

https://www.cbc.ca/books/12-books-to-read-for-orange-shirt-day-1.4841439

Alfoster Sweet!👊👊👊 3w
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Butterfinger
We Need New Names | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Zimbabwe #ownvoices - What do you do when your country is in the middle of a civil war, your father is dying of AIDS, and you and your friends steal guavas so you can eat? Should you leave to live with your aunt in America? Darling leaves and is eaten up with guilt, homesickness, and bitterness (the family and friends left behind need money). This was a realistic view of an emigrant from an African nation.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This is fundamentally a good read, in its genre. A little too YA for me, but reminds me of the best parts of early Anita Blake books. Roanhorse could improve her skill at writing dialogue. But her vision of a post-climate catastrophe world is unique and interesting, especially the supernatural elements. Might borrow not buy book 2.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#booked2019 #clifi #ownvoices #readdiversebooks

Cinfhen Since most disliked their #ClFi pick yay for you and this works for #IndigenousAuthor too ❤️ 3w
Addison_Reads Great review! I read this and enjoyed it, but I agree with your points on her dialogue. 3w
Susanita I agree the dialogue was awkward, and Maggie is a little two-dimensional, but I do want to see where the story goes. 3w
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Susanita @Cinfhen I had picked American War originally, and I just couldn‘t get into it at all. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Right! I already did my indigenous author book. The #clifi prompt has been a sword hanging over my head. Gone now! 👊🏻🤪 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Addison_Reads @Susanita Glad the dialogue discomfort wasn‘t just me being picky. 👊🏻 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Susanita @Cinfhen I definitely think #clifi is our collective #leastfavorite2020prompt. I had intended to read Oryx and Crake for this. Still want to give it a try. 3w
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sprainedbrain
Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo
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Love the format: we check in on lifelong best friends Morgan and Eric once per year on their shared birthday from age 13 to 18. It‘s heartbreaking and heartwarming, beautifully written YA that is not cringey, it‘s #lgbtq #ownvoices, and it‘s awesome.❤️

I recommend everyone read this important book, but if you can, listen to it! Not only is the audiobook well done, there is a great interview/discussion with the author at the end.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Zelma Meredith Russo? Yes, please! 3w
sprainedbrain @Zelma I haven‘t read her first book (definitely plan to now!) but loved her interview! 3w
Zelma @sprainedbrain oh, her first book is quite good. And her Acknowledgements at the end are everything! 3w
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LeticiaToraci
Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I'll jump in the bandwagon and read this. 😉 #ownvoices

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Lindy
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Equity, grief, guilt & search for identity, as seen through 18-year-old Jay Reguero, whose father is Filipino & mother is White American. When his cousin is murdered in the Philippines, Jay travels there to find out what happened. Duterte‘s war on drugs is an important backdrop, while the tensions within Jay‘s extended family are explored & characters are believably developed. One of many strengths: inclusion of queer family members. #ownvoices

Lindy Great to hear Tagalog and Bikol words aloud in the #audiobook narrated by Ramón de Ocampo. 1mo
WanderingBookaneer My favorite YA of the year! 1mo
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