I recently read an article from the Atlantic titled The New Age of Astrology which asked the question “why are Millennials so into astrology?” I am a Millennial, but I never thought that I was “so into” astrology. After thinking about it though, I realized I TOTALLY AM.
My reading habits are diverse. Nonfiction, teen fiction, adult fiction, graphic novels, memoirs...I love it all. You know what's not diverse? Me. (see photo evidence to the left). That's why I seek out #ownvoices books. An #ownvoices book is one where the main character is from a marginalized group and the author is a part of that same marginalized group.
In the past few years there has been an explosion of books written for young adults by diverse authors writing about their own diversity.
I've read most of the titles below and I have learned so much from these authors. I've also learned that there is always room to learn more about people whose experiences don't match my own.
Here are ten #ownvoices titles from 2018 that have given us beautiful stories and inspirational verse based on diverse lived experiences. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.
Many people are still discovering this hidden gem in the Children’s department.
If you're familiar with the 2nd floor, the holiday DVDs fall in the range between the two big pillars by the catalog computers.
On the latest episode of the Pint & Click Podcast, Dave, Tony and Joel discuss Venom, a film directed by Ruben Fleischer, starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, and based on the Marvel characters Eddie Brock and the Venom Symbiote. Have a listen below:
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The many end of year lists propose their recommendations for the best movies, books, music, etc. for a particular year.
But, some organizations select just ONE item to reflect societal influences of that year.
Two of my favorites are Word of the Year and Color of the Year.