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#Ownvoices YA Favorites

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.

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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.  

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What’s your 2018 Game of the Year?

For baseball fans, it’s spring time.  For football, it’s fall.

But for video game enthusiasts, “the season” begins in September and stretches till Black Friday in November.  

Most of the best games of the year come out in this three-month window, and awards season follows in December.

It’s easy to overlook stellar titles in this digital deluge, so I’m here to recap some of the best games so far.

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