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message 1: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3130 comments Mod
An own voice novel is a book about marginalized protagonists (by ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, mental illness, etc) written by an author who shares that same identity.

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Optional questions:
- What are you reading for this category?
- Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?
- Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group?


message 2: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (TracyIsReading) | 2146 comments I have two that I'm hoping to read here:
Here Comes the Sun ( POC, LGBTQ, author is female, Jamaican (book is set in Jamaica) and is married to a woman)
History Is All You Left Me (LGBTQ, author identifies as LGBTQ)


message 3: by Sophie, Moon Mod (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 3111 comments Mod
Here Comes the Sun sounds great and would be perfect to fill the Jamaica prompt of my Around the World challenge! Thanks Tracy 😃


message 4: by Shelly (new)

Shelly | 80 comments I am jumping on the The Hate U Give bandwagon.


message 5: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline | 406 comments Yeah I'm thinking of the Hate U Give too.


message 6: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (TracyIsReading) | 2146 comments Sophie wrote: "Here Comes the Sun sounds great and would be perfect to fill the Jamaica prompt of my Around the World challenge! Thanks Tracy 😃"

You're welcome :-)


message 7: by Ann (new)

Ann | 426 comments Laura wrote: "An own voice novel is a book about marginalized protagonists (by ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, mental illness, etc) written by an author who shares that same identity.

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Tracy wrote: "I have two that I'm hoping to read here:
Here Comes the Sun ( POC, LGBTQ, author is female, Jamaican (book is set in Jamaica) and is married to a woman)
History Is All You Lef..."</i> I have a copy of [book:Esperanza Rising I have been wanting to read and on Kindle Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology We will see.



message 8: by Delitealex (new)

Delitealex | 29 comments Inheritance or Ash both are LGBTQ


message 9: by Krissy (last edited Dec 12, 2017 09:07AM) (new)

Krissy (krissystewart) | 486 comments I'll be reading:

If I Was Your Girl
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

A book about a trans girl written by a trans woman


message 10: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (Jovali2) | 540 comments I'm planning on reading Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. I started it about a year and a half ago and it was so well done, but life happened and I didn't finish. I plan to do that for this challenge.


message 11: by Kat (new)

Kat | 22 comments I think I'm going to read The Kite Runner. I had a colleague read this book for a book report one time, and I thought it would be a good read at that time. I'm excited to actually read it.


message 12: by Pam (new)

Pam | 1446 comments I'm w Shawn on A Tale for the Time Being. It's been on my bookshelf for awhile and 3 friends gave it 5 stars.


message 13: by Angie (new)

Angie | 325 comments I had this prompt narrowed down to:

Everything I Never Told You
Parable of the Sower
Binti

But I've heard people talking about G. Willow Wilson in another thread, so I'm considering Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal.


message 14: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3672 comments Angie, I’m not a comic book reader, but just read the first three volumes of Ms. Marvel and really enjoyed them!


message 15: by Angie (new)

Angie | 325 comments Jody wrote: "Angie, I’m not a comic book reader, but just read the first three volumes of Ms. Marvel and really enjoyed them!"

That's good to hear! I've been thinking about it for a while.


message 16: by Brandy (new)

Brandy B (bybrandy) | 108 comments Angie wrote: "I had this prompt narrowed down to:

Everything I Never Told You
Parable of the Sower
Binti

But I've heard people talking about [author:G. Willow Wilso..."


I've read all of these choices (for reading challenges the last two years) and I really liked all of them but the Ms. Marvel is so much fun and so interesting. Totally loved it. Probably loved Binti next. There is a sequel I'm planning to slot in someplace... maybe in this challenge.


message 19: by Sophie, Moon Mod (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 3111 comments Mod
I just finished The Hate U Give and highly recommend it!


message 20: by Katie, Heliocentric Mod (new)

Katie | 2052 comments Mod
I'm glad you liked it Sophie! I think it was my favorite book of the year.


message 21: by Jill (last edited Dec 30, 2017 06:49PM) (new)

Jill | 271 comments Behold the Dreamers for this prompt.


message 22: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 750 comments What are you reading for this category?Submerging Inferno
Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?both the author and the main character is gay


message 23: by Christina (new)

Christina | 4 comments Planning to read Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel for an Iranian-American LGBTQ+ author/protagonist.


message 24: by Katie, Heliocentric Mod (new)

Katie | 2052 comments Mod
Jill, Behold the Dreamers is amazing! Great choice!


message 25: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (Jovali2) | 540 comments What are you reading for this category?
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
(Not what I had planned, but this book is great!)

Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?
African-Americans

Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group?
Absolutely. Her ability to convey how she feels is mind-blowing.


message 26: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 824 comments For this category I am reading An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.

The author is GLBTQ+ POC and the characters in the book are "marginalized" in just about every possible way. The protagonist, Aster, is black, intersex, and autistic.

I started reading it yesterday (I'm doing the challenge out of order) and so far it is a most excellent book!


message 27: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 824 comments An Unkindness of Ghosts was a 5 Star read for me. I highly recommend it. It's absolutely perfect for this category.


message 28: by Erica (new)

Erica | 442 comments I’m reading Everything I Never Told You.
It’s very interesting to me since it’s about a family with a similar dynamic to mine (white wife, Chinese husband), although they live in America and we live in China. Interesting to see how things have (hopefully) changed since the time of this story (50’s-70’s).


message 29: by Carol (new)

Carol | 67 comments Another author I've been meaning to read forever!

Marie Lu – Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu


message 30: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 705 comments What are you reading for this category?
Lucy and Linh
Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?
Asian Immigrants living in Australia


message 31: by Emily (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 2378 comments I just finished The Hate U Give and I don't think a book could be more perfect for this prompt.

It's written by an African American woman, and the protagonist is a black teenage girl who witnesses her best friend be killed by a cop. It was poignant and felt so real! It was nice to see a black teenager who was allowed to be complex -- angry and hurt and confused and struggling with her identity in more ways than just race. It was so wonderful.


message 32: by Emily (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 2378 comments Also, I'm adding all of these books to my TBR... my goals for the year are to read more diversely (12 POC and 12 LGBTQ+) so all of these books are perfect for that!


message 33: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios | 1171 comments - What are you reading for this category? I just finished with The Hate U Give

- Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book? A black young girl living in a poor neighborhood

- Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group? I think it did.


message 34: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (AnastasiaHarris) | 1223 comments What are you reading for this category?
The Three-Body Problem
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1) by Liu Cixin

Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book? The Chinese. We in North America have treated the Chinese badly through the years. We now tend to demonize the country and its leaders.

Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group?
Yes. It is difficult for someone to write about what they do not personal experience or know. We can imagine and maybe empathize, but never truly know what it is like to be in that persons shoes.


message 35: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley Stoeger brzozowski | 44 comments For this week I think I am going to read Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged


message 36: by Jody (last edited Feb 01, 2018 04:03AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3672 comments What are you reading for this category?
I had originally planned to read the very much hyped The Hate U Give, but after I started listening to Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood I realised that it's a perfect fit for this category.

Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?
It's Trevor Noah's memoir of growing up mixed-race (classified as coloured) in South Africa. I had no idea that being mixed-race was even more marginalised under Apartheid in South Africa than being black. It's been completely eye-opening.

Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group?
Absolutely.


message 37: by Angela (new)

Angela | 405 comments For this category, can the book be a memoir, or does it have to be a novel? I'd like to read The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke, a memoir which describes her childhood growing up in Australia and being of Afro-Carribean descent.


message 38: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3130 comments Mod
I think memoirs are fine!


message 39: by Shelley (new)

Shelley | 169 comments What are you reading for this category?
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?
She was (is?) a young girl growing up under Taliban controlled Pakistan
Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group?
Absolutely. Even being a woman myself, it's very difficult to picture how life must be to not be allowed to go to school or make your own choices, regardless of how much research I can do on the subject.

One of the most fascinating things about Malala that I Iearned from the book was that her being shot was not the beginning of her being famous for activism. I knew that she had been singled out for going to school but I had pictured it more as her being vocal in her village for her own education. Turns out she had an anonymous blog on BBC and she regularly did interviews on Pakistani TV. It seemed much more like a Rosa Parks scenario where Malala know damn well that she was sticking her neck out and she was willing to face any and all consequences. My admiration for her intensified immensely, which I did not think was possible.


message 40: by Angela (new)

Angela | 405 comments Thanks for clarifying, Laura!


message 41: by Ali (new)

Ali (alide_08) | 254 comments I did The Hate U Give and really loved it. I think my single favorite element was the title. I found it really clever when related to this topic.


message 42: by Shannan (new)

Shannan | 36 comments Jill wrote: "Behold the Dreamers for this prompt."
I just finished it. Great book.


message 43: by Marie (UK) (new)

Marie (UK) (mazza1) | 32 comments Just what do you mean by "own voices" and what unique thing does it add to genre reading?


message 44: by Sophie, Moon Mod (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 3111 comments Mod
Marie, the definition is in the first post ;)


message 45: by Perri (new)

Perri | 481 comments - What are you reading for this category?
I read We Are the Ants
- Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?
Sexual Orientation
- Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group?
Probably, the voice seemed very authentic


message 46: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Moore | 266 comments I will read On the Edge of Gone


message 47: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 244 comments I just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as my 2018 Week 8 selection.


message 48: by Joan (new)

Joan Barnett | 921 comments - What are you reading for this category? The Hate U Give
- Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book? African american
- Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group? Yes I assume it will. I haven't started it yet.


message 49: by Celia (new)

Celia (cinbread19) | 439 comments - What are you reading for this category?
Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Which marginalized group is the focus/background of the book?
African Americans
- Did you think it made a difference that the author is a member of the group?
Yes, yes, yes. it was not only written by an African American, but I am listening to the audio narrated by Ruby Dee, another African American. Dee's reading is so authentic. Her manner of speaking for the slaves really puts me there listening to them.


message 50: by Marie (new)

Marie | 367 comments I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

It's about two Mexican American teenage boys and, according to Wikipedia, their struggles with racial and ethnic identity, sexuality, and family relationships.

Without a doubt the author knows more about how it is to be a Mexican American teenage boy than I ever will! But, as much as I enjoyed the book, it didn't ring true for me. Which is not what I expected for this prompt.


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