Diverse YA Science Fiction Books to Read this Sci-fi Month

We’re almost halfway through Sci-Fi Month, how is everyone faring so far? I’m celebrating my favorite genre this month with book list recommendations in between my sci-fi reviews, and today I want to shout about diverse science fiction stories.

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One of the reasons that I love reading is that I can escape the real world and go on an adventure. Science fiction – especially space opera – enables me to live the astronaut life I dreamed of as a child before I realized math would keep me grounded. It’s a genre of innovation and problem solving; the sky is the limit in terms of technologies.

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Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards: Nominations round is now open!

Welcome to the inaugural year of the Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards! 🎉 Designed to actually give readers their voice to determine the “best” reads of the year, the goal of these awards is to recognize all of the amazing stories we got to read this year!

Why create these awards when Goodreads already does them?

I have long since felt like the Goodreads Choice Awards has solely been a marketing tool for Amazon to drive sales on the most hyped titles and newest releases. (Amazon bought Goodreads in 2013.) This has never been so evident than with this year’s nominations round. But the disparity goes beyond just the biggest marketing budgets: it adversely affects authors of color and other marginalized groups. YA author Margaret Owen eloquently points this out on Twitter:

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6 Books by Native American Authors to Add to your TBR

I’m going to be honest: this post has gone through many revisions in the past 24 hours; it started as a way to encourage others to combat the consumerism of Black Friday and the holiday season with doing good. It’s that time of the year again where stores lure us in with deep discounts and even I, a minimalist, get sucked into the hype of deep discounts and buy items that I don’t really want or need.

But while writing this post, it began to evolve into a discussion on the unedited history of Thanksgiving in America. About my personal feelings of discomfort celebrating a holiday that is rooted on colonial genocide. For this day of thanks and gratitude, for many Americans this day is the National Day of Mourning and a painful reminder of the country’s dark history.

After much reflection, the most important message I wanted to make was to support Native American authors. The final product was this list of six Native American books by own-voices authors.

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