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Katie McLain

Contributing Editor

Katie's parents never told her "no" when she asked for a book, which was the start of most of her problems. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Lake Forest College and is working towards a master's degree in library science at U of I. She works full time at a public library reference desk in northern IL, specializing in readers’ advisory and general book enthusiasm, and she has a deep-rooted love of all things disturbing, twisted, and terrifying. (She takes enormous pleasure in creeping out her coworkers.) When she's not spending every waking hour at the library, she's at home watching Cubs baseball with her cats and her cardigan collection, and when she's not at home, she's spending too much money on concert tickets. Her hobbies include debating the finer points of Harry Potter canon, hitting people upside the head who haven’t read The Martian, and convincing her boyfriend that she can, in fact, fit more books onto her shelves. Twitter: @kt_librarylady

It’s been over a week since the election, and I’m still trying to process my emotions that range from anger to fear to determination to apathy to nausea. But one of the things I have been struck by, both on Book Riot, and on social media, is how librarians and authors and bloggers are drawing on their love of books to get themselves and their fellow book lovers through these emotionally exhausting days. Books have been one of the few constants in my life, and when I started writing for Book Riot, I was really interested in writing and learning about how my favorite books helped me understand myself better. It’s a feeling that many of us share. But over the last several months, I’ve seen how books give us hope and strength and courage. They tell us to empathize and keep fighting. They give us comfort. They’re an experience we can share with strangers.

In the wake of fear and violence left by the election, Justina Ireland put out this call on Twitter:

It’s a call to share books and it’s a call to action that we can all easily get behind, especially for those of us who already work in a library, school, or bookstore. We can push back against ignorance and fear, and we can start with this list. Here are 60 titles pulled from the Twitter suggestions that you can use to jumpstart your own revolution.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all the Twitter recommendations.  If you have any other #ownvoice titles to suggest, let us know!

all-american-boys1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

2. All American Boys – Jason Reynolds

3. American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang

4. Ariah B. R. Sanders

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

6. A Beautiful Lie – Irfan Master

7. The Book of Unknown Americans – Cristina Enriquez

8. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

9. Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson

10. Certain Dark Things – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

11. Chameleon Moon – RoAna Sylver

12. Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court – Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

13. Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology by Kianna Alexander et al.

does_my_head_look_big_in_this14. Does My Head Look Big in This? – Randa Abel-Fattah

15. The Education of Margot Sanchez – Lilliam Rivera

16. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

17. Even This Book is White – Vivek Shraya

18. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

19. Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCoeur

20. George – Alex Gino

21. Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns – Hena Khan

22. The Hate U Give – AC Thomas

23. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly

24. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

25. The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

how it went down by kekla magoon26. How It Went Down – Kekla Magoon

27. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – NK Jemisin

28. If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo

29. If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan

30. I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual – Luvvie Ajayi

31. Infomocracy – Malka Older

32. Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera

33. Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Cordova

34. Laughing All the Way to the Mosque – Zarqa Nawaz

35. Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction – S. Andrea Allen (ed.)

36. A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park

37. Looking for Bapu – Anjali Banerjee

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson38. Lumberjanes – Noelle Stevenson

39. March, Book 1 – John Lewis

40. The Midnight Star – Marie Lu

41. The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth

42. More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera

43. Negroland – Margo Jefferson

44. One Crazy Summer – Rita Williams-Garcia

45. Out of Darkness – Ashley Hope Perez

46. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

47. Shadowshaper – Daniel Jose Older

48. Sister Mine – Nalo Hopkinson

49. Something in Between – Melissa de la Cruz

sorcerer to the crown50. Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho

51. The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

52. A Taste of Honey – Kai Ashante Wilson

53. Timekeeper – Tara Sim

54. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

55. Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

56. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

57. The Unintentional Time Traveler – Everett Maroon 

58. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

59. When the Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore

60. A Wish After Midnight – Zetta Elliott