100 Must-Read Books About #carefreeblackfolks

Obviously, the hashtag #carefreeblackfolks cannot completely apply to a book someone would want to read; a book about a carefree person is going to be pretty boring. A book’s protagonist still needs a conflict, but their troubles do not have to be race related, or about, as we tend to refer to it, The Struggle.

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100 Must-Read Books About #carefreeblackfolks

5 Fat-Positive Queer YA Books

Representation of fat people in YA has tended to be pretty dismal. As Kelly wrote last year, too often fat characters are portrayed as people “who have to overcome their weight in order to be seen as worthwhile or able to achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.” Happily, more YA novels with complex, fat characters have been coming out; pun intended, because now there are enough that I’ve been able to make this list of fat-positive YA that also has positive queer representation. Only one of these fat-positive queer YA books has a queer, fat main character (please, authors and publishers, we need more!) but all of these are solid both in terms of fat and queer representation.

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Queer AND fat positive. What more can you ask for?

5 Fat-Positive Queer YA Books

100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors

Ready for your TBR list to explode? I’ve gathered the 100 best sci-fi fantasy novels by female authors and there is sooooo much reading goodness to dig into. From YA to adult lit, from magical realism to epic fantasy to post-apocalyptic sci-fi feminism, from short stories to series, there’s a book on this list for every single reader.

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100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors

Faces of Color on 2017 YA Books

It feels like 2016 was a year where books by and about people of color in the YA world were few and far between. I remember being asked at the beginning of the year to name some, and now, as the year comes to a close, I am still naming the same few.

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Now more than ever we need to diversify our reading. Keep your eyes on these, if you’re a fiction lover!

Faces of Color on 2017 YA Books

(More Than) 3 On A YA Theme: If You Loved MOANA

Have you seen Moana yet? If you haven’t, may I suggest rectifying that, whether or not you have kids? The film, which is an entire animation starring brown characters, was an outstanding story of a headstrong, empowered, fierce young girl and her being selected as “the chosen one” to save her people. It’s full of adventure, of mythology, of life, of color, and features some elements that are surprisingly unseen in Disney films — Moana has two happily married parents and there is zero, absolutely zero, romance in the film.

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I loved ‘Moana’ so this list is right up my alley!

(More Than) 3 On A YA Theme: If You Loved MOANA

Books by 4 Radical Writers Who Brought Down a Government

Four writers from three different countries didn’t intend to bring down the Kuwaiti government in 1998. Surely none of them can be blamed for the 16 censorious years that followed. Yet it was their books that, in the words of best-selling Kuwaiti novelist Bothayna al-Essa, “led to the resignation of the government and a vote of no-confidence.”

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3 On A YA Theme: Letter Writing

Among other commemorative days, today is letter writing day. The purpose is to spend a little time writing a letter. It doesn’t matter to whom, it doesn’t matter about what. Grab pen and paper or use your favorite email system to shoot a message to someone you’ve been meaning to write.

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I love this kind of writing style!

3 On A YA Theme: Letter Writing