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.
I read a decent amount of self-improvement books, especially ones that spark creativity.
But my current favorite piece of advice isn't from a book.
It's from the film Star Wars, Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
“Try not. Do or Do not, there is no try.”
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Every year I look ahead to November and December with excitement and joy.
No, it’s not the holidays. And it’s not the wonderland of snow.
It’s the release of the New York Times List of 100 Notable Books.
My day is surrounded by stories.
Yes, I work in a place quite literally stacked with books, but that is not what I mean.