Hello! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since the feature is on hiatus until mid-August, I am writing on topics to help me with reading books I already have. This week’s topic is the top #ownvoices novels that are on my TBR.
10. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I didn’t know this was an #ownvoices novel. Personally, I was not too in love with the characters in the first book. However, seeing that I already got the second part of the duology, my goal is to see how it wraps up.
9. Everything Leads to You by nina lacour
This is the final unread LaCour book in my collection. I haven’t gotten my hands on We Are Okay yet. I heard the most praise about Everything Leads To You. From what I have learned about the author, she is part of the LGBT+ community. So, I am excited to read this cuteness. Then, when I’m ready for it, I’ll try to get a copy of We Are Okay. It’s definitely something I want to read, though.
8. Legend by marie lu
So, from what I understand, the characters are people of color. I have gathered most of this author’s work, and I want to see how the sci-fi/dystopian narrative plays out from her perspective.
7. The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey
I have seen this series listed in a couple of #ownvoices lists on Goodreads. All I know is that it is a fantasy setting in the novel.
6. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Her more recent book, When the Moon Was Ours, was one of my favorites. She’s definitely someone I look up to as a writer. Her words are just magic. I feel very clumsy in my own words. It’s also inspiring to read her work, for sure.
5. An Ember in the Ashes by sabaa tahir
Perhaps this lady will become a hero for me? I genuinely feel excited to hear an Arabic name. However, I’m not sure where the author is from, or how this narrative is #ownvoices.
4. The Rest of us just live here by patrick ness
His Chaos Walking trilogy is intimidating. So, I want to give this standalone a try at some point. After the beauty that is A Monster Calls, I am prepared to read more of this brilliant person’s work. Luckily, I have a lot of his stuff already on my bookshelves.
3. Everything, Everything by nicola yoon
In my mind, I’m somewhat afraid of this book, because of its messages regarding chronic illness. It’s another able-bodied-boy-teaches-girl-with-chronic-illness-how-to-live. But, I’ll try to keep an open mind. I did like her The Sun is Also a Star.
2. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Every once in a while, I feel this strong connection to certain writers’ works. This series just resonates with me a lot. And, I wish I had a logical reasoning behind my hunch. The writer tweets the best things, too, and I wish I could be that cool.
1. Americanah by chimamanda ngozhi Adichie
I hesitate to read this work often, because I heard there’s a sexual assault and/or rape scene in it. However, after listening to this lovely person speak at a TED talk event, I feel a little braver. By the way, the event is on YouTube. I am not cool enough to go to events.
What are some of your favorite diverse and/or #ownvoices novels? Share’em in the comments. I definitely need to build up on diversity in my book “collection.”
Have a wonderful rest of the week!