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These are some books that I've read over the past few years that you might enjoy.

Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer, narr. Katherine Kellgren is book 1 of 12. To survive Early 19th century London, Mary Faber becomes Jacky Faber ship's boy on HMS Dolphin. The series is only a fantasy in that no one person could have had all of Jacky's adventures. But she is so hard on her friends. Katherine Kellgren narrates and imbues Meyer's hundreds characters in this series with so much life both in words and song she is a reader I search for when looking for an audiobook. Her performance of this series is nothing short of amazing. We lost an amazing talent when she died in 2014. #FIRST_PERSON #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #HISTORICAL_FICTION #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #ADVENTURE #ROMANCE #RACE_RELATIONS #YA

Bluest Eye (The) by Toni Morrison is one of the most powerful books that I have ever read. #BIPOC #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER

Circe by Madelyn Miller tells the much more complete and complex story of the witch/sorceress/goddess better know from the Odyssey. #ADVENTURE #FANTASY #MAGIC #MYTH #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #ROMANCE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #VIOLENCE #WITCH_WIZARD #YA

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo is a story of loss, grief, and reconciling what we think about our parents with who they are. Read this book and listen to the audiobook at the same time. It is a treat for the eyes, ears, and soul. It is beautifully performed by Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte. #BIPOC #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #REALISTIC #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #VERSE #VIOLENCE #YA

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons tells the tale of an independent minded aspiring writer setting to rights the gothically decrepit charcters of Cold Comfort Farm. This is one of those books where the movie lives up to the book. #COMEDY #LIBRIVOX #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #ROMANCE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora takes place before, during, and after the U. S. Civil War. The story is nonlinear but it clearly identifies what is happening when. #MAGICAL_REALISM #BIPOC #SEXUAL_CONTENT #VIOLENCE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #HISTORICAL_FICTION #RACE_RELATIONS

Dear Martin by Nic Stone tells the story of of Justyce's last years of high school in this time period punctuated by letters he is writing to the the long dead Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #BIPOC #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #ROMANCE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #STRONG_MALE_CHARACTER #YA

Dodger by Terry Pratchett is a stand alone set in Dickensian England. Dodger is a wonderful character and if you are a reader of "Mr. Charlie's" books you will recognizes many characters. #ADVENTURE #COMEDY #HISTORICAL_FICTION #MYSTERY #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #REALISTIC #ROMANCE ##STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #STRONG_MALE_CHARACTER #VIOLENCE

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham tells the story of the Tulsa white supremacist riot of 1921 through the research done by two contemporary students. #ADVENTURE #BIPOC #HISTORICAL_FICTION #MYSTERY #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #STRONG_MALE_CHARACTER #VIOLENCE #WESTERN #YA

Enchanted April (The) by Elizabeth von Arnim is a lovely story. #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #LIBRIVOX #ROMANCE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kuar Jaswal is set in the Punjabi community of London. Writers are often told to write about what they know, so .... #BIPOC #LGBTQ #MYSTERY #NONWESTERN_SETTING #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #ROMANCE #SEXUAL_CONTENT #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #VIOLENCE

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is the book that grew into the Simon & Baz books. #LGBTQ #REALISTIC #ROMANCE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #YA

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley, narr. Isabella Star LaBlanc, is a book with drugs at its core. This time prejudice, drugs, and rape are not just tearing a family apart, they are destroying a community. #BIPOC #FIRST_PERSON #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #MYSTERY #MYTH #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #SEXUAL_CONTENT #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #THRILLER #VIOLENCE #TW_RAPE #YA

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton is a fictional oral history of a superstar duo getting back together for one last tour some 40 years after their heyday and split up. The story is told in author's notes, interviews, news stories, and some narrative which ties things together. #BIPOC #DIARY_JOURNAL #EPISTOLARY #FIRST_PERSON #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #HISTORICAL_FICTION #LGBTQ #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER

Dear Martin by Nic Stone tells the story of of Justyce's last years of high school in this time period punctuated by letters he is writing to the the long dead Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #BIPOC #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #ROMANCE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #STRONG_MALE_CHARACTER #YA

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa is a wonderful story of relationships that have to be rebuilt every day. #NONWESTERN_SETTING #REALISTIC

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, narr. Emily Woo Zeller took me to a world I was only marginally aware of. Lily Hu was discovering her sexuality during the Red Scare of the 1950s in San Fransciso. This is historical fiction so historical it includes a bibliography. #ASIAN_PI #BIPOC #GENDER_ISSUES #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #LGBTQ #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #ROMANCE #SCHOOL #SEXUAL_CONTENT #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #YA #GOAL_3_NONWHITE_AUTH

The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson is a beautiful retelling of a classic. The Introduction is worth reading on its own. #ADVENTURE #MYTH #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #VIOLENCE #YA

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas is a prequel to her previous book The Hate U Give. #BIPOC #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #ROMANCE #VIOLENCE #YA

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho, narr. Nancy Wu, is some of the best storytelling I've read. Goodread begins it summary with this, and I can't improve on it. "A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there." #ASIAN_PI #BIPOC #GENDER_ISSUES #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #MAGIC #NON-BRIT_NON-AM #NON-JC_RELIGION #NONWESTERN_SETTING #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #STRONG_MALE_CHARACTER #WITCH_WIZARD #GOAL_3_NONWHITE_AUTH

Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley, Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, is probably the sweetest book on my list of recommended books. It is as if the writer of the French film Amilé decided to write an offbeat version of the Incredible Journey with a horse, a dog, a rat, a raven, and a pair of mallards as the cast of animal characters touching the lives of several humans on their odyssey. #ANIMAL_STORY #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark is a fantasy alternate history centered around the 1915 movie The Birth of a Nation and the rise of the KKK. #ADVENTURE #ALT_HIST #BIPOC #GENDER_ISSUES #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #HISTORICAL_FICTION #MAGICAL_REALISM

Song of Achilles (The) by Madeline Miller tells the classic story of the Trojan War and Achilles and Patroclus. #ADVENTURE #LGBTQ #MYSTERY #MYTH #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #ROMANCE #SEXUAL_CONTENT #YA

The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert takes this line of the the Third Witch character in Macbeth as its starting point, "There to meet with Macbeth." I have loaned more copies of this book than I can remember. I guess it is Shakespearian fan fiction. #ADVENTURE #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #YA

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee follows the lives of 14 teenagers from the same neighborhood from 1942-1945 in interment camps, battle fields, and cities beyond the exclusion zones. The audiobook is performed by a full cast of narrators. #ASIAN_PI #BIPOC #GENDER_ISSUES #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #HISTORICAL_FICTION #HISTORY #RACE_RELATIONS #REALISTIC #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #STRONG_MALE_CHARACTER #VIOLENCE #YA

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett is book 1 of the five book plot arc of Tiffany Aching. Although Tiffany is 9 years old in this book. She isn't a typical 9 year-old. In each subsequent book she is 2 years older. There are very good audiobooks of this series. These books are part of his very large Discworld series, but can be read without reading the rest of the series. These books are narrated by Stephen Briggs who is my favorite narrator of the Pratchett books. #FANTASY #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #YA #MAGIC #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #WITCH_WIZARD #COMEDY

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry takes place in the late 1980s in Danvers (near Salem, yes that Salem), MA, on and off the field hockey field. You'll never think of Emilio Estevez the same after this one. :-) #ADVENTURE #BIOGRAPHY_MEMOIR #BIPOC #DIARY_JOURNAL #DRAGONS #DYSTOPIAN #FAIRY_TALE #LGBTQ #MAGIC #REALISTIC #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #WITCH_WIZARD #YA

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo tells a story of a high school student raising her daughter, trying to achieve her goals, and worrying about the grandmother raising her. #BIPOC #LGBTQ #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #REALISTIC #ROMANCE #SEXUAL_CONTENT #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #YA

You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glassgow, narr. Julia Knippen is the story of a family being torn apart by drug addiction and more. #ADDICTION #BULLYING #FIRST_PERSON #GREAT_AUDIOBOOK #MEDICINE #MENTAL_HEALTH #REALISTIC #SEXUAL_CONTENT #STRONG_FEMALE_CHARACTER #STRONG_MALE_CHARACTER #YA
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