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BR 1Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read (PS39, PS+1)Homegoing*^
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BR 2Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism (PS20, PS34, RW23)
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BR 3Read a non-European novel in translation (RW6, RW10)The Housekeeper and The Professor - Yoko Ogawa (Asian Jap Wmn, in trans) EP, DC, ALX, hooplaThe Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, Translated by Anonymous (Iran) EP, ALX, DC, hooplaThe Story of Hong Gildong - Unknown, Minsoo Kang (Translator, Editor, Introduction) Korean folktale - EP, DC
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BR 4Read an LGBTQ+ history bookAn Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex - Siddharth Dube (desi IN/US queer man)Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present - Lillian Faderman EPQueer There and Everywhere: 22 People Who Changed the World - Sarah Prager ALX, DC, hoopla
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BR 5Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author (PS16, RW8)The Swan Book - Alexis Wright (native OZ wmn) DC
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BR 6Read a fanficNo Reservations: Narnia by EdonohanaThe Story of Hong Gildong - Unknown, Minsoo Kang (Translator, Editor, Introduction) Korean folktale - EP, DC
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BR 7Read a fat-positive romance (PS19)Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (black US wmn) EP, DC, ALX, hoopla
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BR 8Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author (RW21)Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
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BR 9Read a middle grade mysteryAyesha Dean- The Istanbul Intrigue - Melati Lum (EAsian OZ wmn)
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BR 10Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of colorOctavia's Brood Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements - edited by Adrienne Maree Brown, Walidah Imarisha EP, DC, hooplaThe Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories Edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin DCEat the Sky, Drink the Ocean Edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, and Anita Roy -(india and OZ) EP, DCLove After the End Edited by Joshua Whitehead (native, queer) ARL, hoopla
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BR 11Read a food memoir by an author of colorWhere I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef - Aaron Sanchez (latinx US man) hoopla
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BR 12Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of colorThose Who Wander: America's Lost Street Kids- Vivian Ho (EAsian US wmn)*
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BR 13Read a book with a cover you don’t like (PS+4)
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BR 14Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or CanadaAyesha Dean- The Istanbul Intrigue - Melati Lum (EAsian OZ wmn)Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib KhorramCity of Thieves and Saints by Natalie. C. AndersonFuria by Yamile Saied MéndezEquatorial Guinea: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea ObonoCambodia: Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormickSri Lanka: Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam SelvaduraiLithuania: Between Shades of GrAy by Ruta SepetysSweden: Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara LövestamHaiti: Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
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BR 15Read a memoir by a Latinx authorWhere I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef - Aaron Sanchez (latinx US man) hooplaKnitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernández
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BR 16Read an own voices book about disabilityGet a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (black US wmn) EP, DC, ALX, hooplaHaben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard LawBeasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation - Sunaura Taylor (white US wmn)Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-SamarasinhaThe Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown
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BR 17Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black painLove Is a Revolution by Renée WatsonRoman and Jewel by Dana L. DavisA Blade so Black - L.L. McKinney (black US wmn)
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BR 18Read a book by/about a non-Western world leaderGood Morning Mr Mandela*Travelers - Alexis Wrightambedkargood morning mr. mandela
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BR 19Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonistNervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga (black Zim wmn) EP, DCGods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (latinx CAN wmn)*^The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, Translated by Anonymous (Iran) EP, ALX, DC, hoopla
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BR 20Read a book of nature poemsWorld of Wonders - Aimee Nezhukumatathil (SEAsian/desi US wmn)*
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BR 21Read a children’s book that centers a disabled character but not their disability
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BR 22Read a book set in the MidwestLakota Women - Mary Crow Dog*Immigrant, Montana - Amitava Kumar
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BR 23Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness (PS40)First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety - Sarah Wilson (white OZ wmn)*Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind - Catherine Lepage
The Crying Book - Heather ChristleThe Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
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BR 24Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t dieThe Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa in trans (EAsian Japan man) EP, ALX, DC
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FBW 1A vintage Black Feminist/Womanist text (pub before 2000)
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FBW 2A contemporary Black Feminst/Womanist text (pub 2000+)Hood FeminismThick and other EssaysReclaiming our space - Feminista Jones
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FBW 3An LGBTQ author - Fiction
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FBW 4An LGBTQ author - Non-Fiction
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FBW 5A book by a revolutionary, organizer, activist, or abolitionistAssata - Assata Shakur
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FBW 6 A book on self-care, health, lifestyle, strategy or personal dev
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FBW 7A romance or erotic novel
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FBW 8A book that centers relationships between womenGirl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo
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FBW 9 A YA or middle schooler's novel
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FBW 10An award winning novel or classic
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FBW 11A debut or famous author's first
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FBW 12Book by Octavia Butler
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FBW 13Book by Toni Morrison
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FBW 14Book by a Caribbean author
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FBW 15Book by an African author
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FBW 16 Science fiction, speculative fiction, or fantasy
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FBW 17A book on spirituality, religion, faith, or ritual
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FBW 18A book with a name in the title
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FBW 19 A book with a one word title
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FBW 20A book that was published within the past year
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FBW 21A graphic novel or comic book series
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FBW 22A memoir or autobiographyThe Yellow House - Sarah M. Broom
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FBW 23A book where characters speak Patois, Creole, Geechee, or AAVE
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FBW 24A book set in your hometown
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FBW 25A collection of poetry, short storeis, essays, letters, recipes, or prose
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FBW +1A book on body politics, trauma, autonomy, or acceptance
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FBW +2A book on migration, trav el, or locaton
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FBW +3A book on parenting or child advocacy
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FBW +4A book on disability or neurodivergence
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FBW +5History, historical fiction, or slave narrative
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PS 1A book that's published in 2021A Chorus Rises - Bethany C. Morrow (black US wmn)the sixth world #3 - rebecca roanhorse(Legacy of Orïsha, #3) - tomi adeyemi
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PS 2An Afrofuturist bookDread Nation by Justina Ireland (black US wmn)Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (black US wmn)The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin (set in the sky)The Fifth Season by N.K. JemisinHome (Binti, #2) - Nnedi OkoraforAkata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor
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PS 3Philippines: Patron Saints Of Nothing by Randy RibayGods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (latinx CAN wmn)*^A Blade so Black - L.L. McKinney (black US wmn)
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PS 4A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign (ARIES)Memoirs of a Polar Bear - Yoko Tawada (EAsian Japan/Germ Wmn, in trans)In Light of India - Octavio Paz (born 3/31) (Latinx Mex man)*Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now - Maya Angelou
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PS 5A dark academia bookThe Grey House - Mariam
Petrosyan (white Armenian wmn)* in trans
We Ride Upon Sticks - Quan Barry (US black/viet wmn)Bunny - Mona Awad (desi CAN wmn)catherine house - elisabeth thomas (black US wmn)Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison (black US man)
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PS 6A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the titleGods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (latinx CAN wmn)*Salt. Nayyirah WaheedSalt: A history*Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World - Aja Raden (US wmn)How Much of These Hills Is Gold - C Pam ZhangThe Book of Gold Leaves - Mirza WaheedThe Pearl That Broke Its Shell - Nadia Hashimi
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PS 7A book where the main character works at your current or dream job (art restorer / tour guide)Another Place at the Table - Kathy Harrison
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PS 8 A book that has won the Women's Prize For FictionHome Fire - Kamila Shamsie (desi UK wmn) - reimagines AntigoneThe Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht
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PS 9A book with a family treeHouse of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea (mex US man)*
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PS 10A bestseller from the 1990sLakota Women - Mary Crow Dog*A suitable boy*Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga (black Zim wmn) EP, DCIndia: A Million Mutinies Now- V.S. Naipaul
in an antique land - amitav ghoshA fine balanceThe god of small thingsWouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now - Maya Angelou
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PS 11A book about forgettingThe Housekeeper and The Professor - Yoko Ogawa (Asian Jap Wmn, in trans) EP, DC, ALX, hooplaThe Museum of Abandoned Secrets - Oksana Zabuzhko (white Ukraine wmn / in trans)
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PS 12A book you have seen on someone's bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)rincey reads, marines, ...
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PS 13A locked-room mysteryLeave the World Behind by Rumaan AlamSouth Seas Shenanigans - Abby L. Vandiver (black US wmn)They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
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PS 14A book set in a restaurantWhere I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef - Aaron Sanchez (latinx US man) hooplaThe Ninja Daughter - Tori EldridgeCrescent - Diana Abu-Jaberkitchen confidential - anthony bordain*
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PS 15A book with a black-and-white coverLatitudes of Longing: A Novel - Shubhangi Swarup (desi IN wmn)*Good Morning Mr Mandela*Pushed - Jennifer BlockQuiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung (EAsian UK wmn) EP, hooplaThe Unpassing - Chia-Chia Lin Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities - Alana ApfelAnother Place at the Table - Kathy HarrisonThe History of White People - Nell Painter
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PS 16A book by an Indigenous author (BR5, RW8))The Swan Book - Alexis Wright (native OZ wmn) DCIn the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Contemporary Sami Prose and PoetryWhere has the Tiger Gone? - Dhavat Singh UikeySplit Tooth - Tanya Tagaq*Lakota Women - Mary Crow Dog*Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land - Toni JensenThe Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas - María García EsperónThe Tao of Raven: An Alaska Native Memoir
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PS 17A book that has the same title as a songall about love - bell hooks (black US wmn)*black sun - rebecca roanhorse
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PS 18A book about a subject you are passionate aboutBirth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities - Alana ApfelHerballism or DTI or Social Justice
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PS 19A book that discusses body positivity (BR7)Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (black US wmn) EP, DC, ALX, hooplaThe Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love - Sonya Renee Taylor (black US wmn)
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PS 20A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list (BR2, PS34, RW23)Birthing Justice - Julia Chinyere Oparah (Editor), Alicia D. Bonaparte (Editor) (DC)Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodgerepro justice / Audre Lorde / Angela Y Davis
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PS 21A genre hybridGods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (latinx CAN wmn)*^Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (black US wmn)Border: A journey to the edge of Europe by Kapka KassabovaArs Botanica by Tim TarantoIf on a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino (IT cuban man. in trans) amitav ghose above
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PS 22A book set mostly or entirely outdoorsWorld of Wonders - Aimee Nezhukumatathil (SEAsian/desi US wmn)*Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great OutdoorsBy Carolyn FinneyPoonachi or The Story of a Black Goat*Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World - Linda HoganIn Open Country: a Memoir - Rahawa HaileWhere has the Tiger Gone? - Dhavat Singh UikeyThe Moon by Whale Light and Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians and WhalesThe Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild - Lyanda Lynn Haupt (white US wmn)
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PS 23A book with something broken on the coverThe Grey House - Mariam
Petrosyan (white Armenian wmn)* in trans
Ragged Company - Richard Wagamese (native CA man)
The Museum of Abandoned Secrets - Oksana Zabuzhko (white Ukraine wmn / in trans)Language of Flowers*The Wasted Vigil - Nadeem Aslam (desi Pak/UK man)
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PS 24A book by a Muslim American authorA Place for Us - Fatima Farheen MirzaCrescent - Diana Abu-JaberBunny - Mona Awad (desi CAN wmn)
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PS 25A book that was published anonymouslyThe Story of Hong Gildong - Unknown, Minsoo Kang (Translator, Editor, Introduction) Korean folktale - EP, DC
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PS 26A book with an oxymoron in the titleWhere’s the Mother? Stories From a Transgender Dad - Trevor MacDonaldThe Museum of Abandoned Secrets - Oksana Zabuzhko (white Ukraine wmn / in trans)Quiet Girl in a Noisy WorldConditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila LalamiLive from Death Row - Mumia Abu-Jamal
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PS 27A book about do-overs or fresh startsThe Translator - Leila Aboulela (Sudanese MENA wmn)The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke EmeziThe Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness - Ichiro KishimiLife Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live IntentionallyPoonachi or The Story of a Black Goat*Unboxed: 25 Women Share How to Break Free and SoarGmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
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PS 28A magical realism bookMemoirs of a Polar Bear - Yoko Tawada (EAsian Japan/Germ Wmn, in trans)God of Jade and Shadows*Split Tooth - Tanya TagaqIf on a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino (IT cuban man. in trans)
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PS 29A book set in multiple countriesMemoirs of a Polar Bear - Yoko Tawada (EAsian Japan/Germ Wmn, in trans)The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats - Daniel StoneBury Me StandingSpoken Here: Travels Among Threatened LanguagesThe Elephant in the Room: Women Draw Their WorldBorder: A journey to the edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
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PS 30A book set somewhere you'd like to visit in 2021pick from others!
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PS 31A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personalityCaroline Hironswell read black girl
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PS 32A book whose title starts with "Q," "X," or "Z"Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung (EAsian UK wmn) EP, hooplaQueenie - Candice Carty-WilliamsThe Zen Teaching of BodhidharmaZami: A New Spelling of My Name - Audre LordeQueen Sugar - Natalie Baszile
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PS 33A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)Memoirs of a Polar Bear - Yoko Tawada (EAsian Japan/Germ Wmn, in trans)The Museum of Abandoned Secrets - Oksana Zabuzhko (white Ukraine wmn / in trans)House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea (mex US man)The House by the River - Lena MantaMiddlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (white US man)
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PS 34A book about a social justice issue (BR2, PS20, RW23)Those Who Wander: America's Lost Street Kids- Vivian Ho (EAsian US wmn)*dti required readingReclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the StreetsHood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
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PS 35A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels) - short storiesOctavia's Brood Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements - edited by Adrienne Maree Brown, Walidah Imarisha EP, DC, hooplaThe Elephant in the Room: Women Draw Their WorldArt Masters: Basquiat - Julian Voloj (Text), Sren Glosimodt MosdalArs Botanica by Tim Taranto
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PS 36A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or GoodreadsMemoirs of a Polar Bear - Yoko Tawada (EAsian Japan/Germ Wmn, in trans)Feminists Freedom WarriorsThe Elephant in the Room: Women Draw Their World
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PS 37A book you think your best friend would likeBig Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
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PS 38A book about art or an artistPhotographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide - Isabel Quiterovivek shreyaThe Dinosaur Artist - Paige Williams (white US wmn)The Art Forgerer - B.A. Shapiro (white US wmn) Where has the Tiger Gone? - Dhavat Singh UikeyCreate Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at WorkArt Masters: Basquiat - Julian Voloj (Text), Sren Glosimodt Mosdal
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PS 39A book everyone seems to have read but you (BR1)Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga (black Zim wmn) EP, DCFreshwaterQueenie - Candice Carty-WilliamsThe Color Purple - Alice WalkerWhite Teeth
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PS 40Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (BR23)First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety - Sarah Wilson (white OZ wmn)*First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety*The Crying Book - Heather ChristleThe Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
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PS+ 1The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list (BR1)The Grey House - Mariam
Petrosyan (white Armenian wmn)* in trans
The Parisian - Isabella HammadThe Maias - José Maria Eça de Queirós
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PS+ 2The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR listA Dead Djinn in Cairo - P. Djéli ClarkFelon: Poems - Reginald Dwayne Betts (black US man)*The Bones, the Breaking, the Balm: A Colored Girl's Hymnal - Dominique Christina (black queer US wmn)*
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PS+ 3The book on your TBR list with the prettiest coverAn Anthropologist on MarsFashion IndiaAag da Dariya (River of Fire)
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PS+ 4The book on your TBR list with the ugliest coverA women's worthA Brief History of TimeBetsey BrownThe Zen Teaching of BodhidharmaMagical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
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PS+ 5The book that's been on your TBR list for the longest amount of timeBury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey - Isabel FonsecaTrue Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall - Mark SalzmanLost City Radio - Daniel AlarcónJohn Barth - The Friday BookBury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey - Isabel Fonseca