Must Read #OwnVoices!!

I haven’t actually created a sign-up/TBR post for the #ReadDiverse2017 challenge, hosted by Naz @ Read Diverse Books, but I will be participating! I think it’s such a great challenge idea and I really want to read and be more aware of diverse literature, and hopefully continue to learn in the process.

So, I love going through the link-up and reading the reviews posted there… and I’ve been getting so many amazing recommendations! Today, I wanted to give you all a list of my Top 5 #OwnVoices books that I’d like to read in the coming months. *My thoughts are in blue.*

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26192915Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty of Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. Now she’s forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American and she has written several books that I want to read, Outrun the Moon being one of them. Reading about a Chinese character, such as Lee herself, sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to finally be able to read this one!


piecingmetogetherPiecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.

But Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

Friendships, race, privilege, identity—this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.

Yay! I just got approved for this title on NetGalley and I’m super excited to start reading it! I’ve read a few reviews on this book, and they’re all giving praise to it. That cover is absolutely gorgeous, too!


juliettakesabreathJuliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

Having read so many awesome reviews on this novel, it has definitely caught my attention. There’s so much diversity wrapped into this 193 page book and I’m looking forward to experiencing it for myself.


19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

I had every intention of reading More Happy Than Not for the #DAReadAThon… and unfortunately, life got in the way and I wasn’t able to read anything for that readathon. Aghh! I hated that so much! So now is my chance to finally pick up this book that I’ve wanted to read for so long!


badboyBad Boy by Elliot Wake

Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity.

But Ren has been living a double life.

Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence.

But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs. Someone is out to ruin his life. He’s a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for.

Just like every other guy: at heart, he’s a monster, too.

Now Ren’s got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he’s a good man. But that requires facing demons he’s locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he’s not such a good guy after all.

I’d been waiting so patiently for this one to be published! Now that it has been, I’ve ordered it and just waiting for it to show up on my doorstep! I seriously can’t wait to read this book. Elliot Wake is such an amazing writer and I love the stories he creates.

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So there are the Top 5 #OwnVoices books that I’d like to read in the upcoming months! Have you read these books or do you want to? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Let me know below!

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31 thoughts on “Must Read #OwnVoices!!

    1. That doesn’t sound stupid at all! I had no idea what any of this meant when I first started hearing about it, but asking questions is the only way to find out! But yes, that’s what OwnVoices means. I copied this definition for you from Google: “Own Voices is a book featuring a marginalized perspective authored by a person who shares that same marginalized characteristic.” Hope that helps!

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      1. The sad thing is, these days when I say something is on my TBR pile it is, but I also mean, “And I will be able to get to it three years from now after all these other books.” Maybe that’s a good problem to have?

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      2. Lol! Gosh, I am literally the same way… Every book I come across, I want to read pretty much… and I’ll say “I’m adding it to my TBR! Hope I can get to it soon!” And although I really want to, it ends up being not so soon at all. Aghh! Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, honestly. But at least we’re in the same boat together. Haha 🙂

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  1. I just bought More Happy Than Not today. It’s one I’ve also been meaning to read for a long time now and just kept putting it off. I’m going to read it as soon as possible!

    And Bad Boy sounds SO good!

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  2. More Happy Than Not has been on my TBR for a while and is one of my priority reads for this year but this is the first time I’m hearing about the other four you mentioned. They all sound really interesting and I am definitely adding them to my TBR. Thanks for the recommendations and I hope you enjoy all of these, Megan!! 😊💕

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  3. Juliet Takes a Breath and More Happy Than Not have both been on my radar for quite a long time. I really want to get around to reading them this year. I hadn’t heard of the other books on this list, I am particularly interested in Piecing Me Together. Off to Goodreads I go to do some investigation!

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    1. Seems like a lot of people want to read More Happy Than Not. I’m hoping I’ll be able to pick up Juliet Takes a Breath next after my current read. It’s quite short, so should be easy to breeze through. And it sounds so good!! Glad I could introduce you to some new books! I hope your investigation leads you to being interested in reading them 😉📚

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