10 LGBTQ Manga Titles for Pride Month

Hello again everybody! It’s Joe Pascullo here, guest writing once more for my friend Tabrizia’s blog. We’ve just wrapped up Pride Month here in June. But to keep the celebration going, Tabrizia asked me to pen a blog with some LGBTQ titles for all you readers to check out. I was happy to oblige! Fandoms and conventions (remember when we used to attend those!?) for the yaoi (boys’ love) and yuri (girls’ love) genres have exploded in popularity, with many manga fans simply choosing to read only titles within those classifications. Need some recommendations? Try one (or more) of these on for size!

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Read with PRIDE: LGBTQ Reads for 2020

Pride Month may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean that we stop reading with PRIDE. We need LGBTQ reads now more than ever, at a time where we need to hear diverse stories and have the chance to step in other people’s shoes. So take up the chance and read across the rainbow (even if it’s past June 30) and discover the colorful and vibrant stories the following amazing authors have to tell!

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Fiction Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

The conversation around mental health does not end on June 1. Having an open and honest discussion around this important topic is much needed, especially when we want to break the stigma and hide the assumptions surrounding the topic. Dealing with mental health issues of my own, I tend to gravitate towards books that discuss it painfully but in a beautiful that will start ignite conversations.

So if you are looking for those books that help you examine mental health beyond, here is a great starter pack:

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10 Amazing Female Protagonists In Manga!

Hey there everyone! My name is Joe Pascullo, and I am a guest writer today on my pal Tabrizia’s blog! I’m a young adult librarian at the Grand Central branch of the New York Public Library. And when I’m not there, I help out with the non-profit organization Pop Culture Classroom’s Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, as well as host the 2020-established podcast, Manga Monthly! Continue reading “10 Amazing Female Protagonists In Manga!”

Fierce Reads for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and though most of us are stuck at home, that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating the strength and endurance that women bring to society. And reading great books is a great way to do that! So here are some YA book selections about fierce female characters by strong female (with some male) authors. Continue reading “Fierce Reads for Women’s History Month”

Femal Irish Authors Making Their Mark

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The Cliffs of Moher

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and unfortunately, not a lot of people will be able to partake in any festivities this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the great things that this rich and vibrant country has to offer in the comfort of your own home. And reading is the best way to do it!

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Great Mangas For Starters

For this reading year, I was introduced to mangas. I did read them from time to time but I didn’t really get into them until this year. If you don’t know, mangas are Japanese comics. Mangas get a bad rap for not being sufficient enough for a story, educational enough or could be demeaning to genders. However, mangas could be more engaging and entertaining than a prose novel. And this year was no exception. So if you are new to mangas or looking for newer ones, here are some great series to get you started:

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2019 Shortlist for Foyles Books of the Year

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Credit: Foyles.co.uk

2019 is about to close and booksellers and literary awards alike are picking their book picks that really stood out for them this year.The first batch is just trickling in: Foyles Books of the Year.

Foyles has just released their shortlist of the best books of the year in the categseries of Fiction, Non Fiction and Children & YA and if you follow my blog, you’ll notice that there are a couple of my personal favorites:

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Creepy Reads…in Comic Format

Halloween is the perfect time to read spooky reads, one of the reasons this is one of my favorite times of the year. But, are you ready to read creepy reads…in comic book format? Reading a haunting story through pictures can make the story more compelling and exciting for a book lover looking for a good Halloween read. And these following comics will definitely keep you reading into the night. Read them…if you dare…

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Horror Stories to Read Online

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The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane (1858) by John Quidor

Besides the scary costumes and huge amounts of candy, Halloween is not complete without curling up and reading a spooky story. And you can’t go wrong with these selections, especially since they are free. Enjoy a good scare with these haunting classics:

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Rediscover (or discover for the first time) why this “legend” is such a popular favorite during Halloween time.

 

 

 

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