February 28, 2015

Read Harder Challenge: February

 Here's what I read in February!

The first category I picked was Award Winner
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award this year. It was well deserved! This was a 5 star read for me. I just love Gabi's fresh and funny voice, the way she endures tough situations, and the ways she discusses body image and cultural identity. This is a great book to give to a teen girl who likes books written in diary style. 

Next, I chose the Audiobook category.
Positive by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin is a memoir by a teen who was mercilessly bullied in middle school for being born HIV positive. It was relatable, written in a conversational style, and read by Paige herself. The audiobook was a quick read/listen, and Paige's voice was pleasant to listen to. I enjoyed this inspiring story of overcoming adversity. 

I also chose to read something from the Graphic Novel/Comic category. 
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince was an interesting and thoughtful read about gender roles and societal expectations. I think there are a lot of readers who can relate to Liz's story, and I like that it will get people talking about these issues. 

Next month I'm planning to read books from these categories: LGBTQ, Romance, and Author from Africa. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments. 

How are your reading challenges coming along so far in 2015? 

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