20 Years Later: Books to Commemorate September 11

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I have hard time believing that it happened two decades ago, when on bright sunny morning, a city and a world were changed forever. Today brings sadness and pain but like a phoenix, the world rised out of the ashes and continue to rebuild through strength, hope and unity. And although we still are dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, what we have felt and learned from that day will remain.

There are so many stories out there that reflect the events and the aftermath of 9/11. To keep the memory of that day alive, it is important to read the powerful historical accounts and inspirational stories of that horrid day. For the 20 years, here are 20 book recommendations that help commemorate September 11 and make us remember to never forget:

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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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Your Mental Health Matters: Books Recommendations For Returning to Work

If you are like me, you are most likely returning to a full-time workweek. Working from home is not an option anymore, and the balance between work and life will start to diminish. You feel that this is all happening too fast, and the world is closing in. As we return to what people have termed the “new normal”, the rush to return may put our mental health and wellbeing on the backburner. But in fact, it is more important than ever to care about ourselves. If this pandemic taught us anything, we need to focus more on ourselves, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

So, if you are looking for ways to help ease back into your return to work and understand the importance of mental health, here some great book recommendations that will guide you:

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Cup of Tea is on Bookshop.org!

Great news!

While you can catch great book recommendations on this blog, you can also find great lists and recs on the Bookshop.org!

One of the great things about Bookshop.org is that people who love and read books can curate book lists! So I have created a “bookstore” on Bookshop.org that will definitely meet your book loving needs!

Check out more of these curated lists on Cup of Tea With That Book, Please Bookshop.




Must Read Novels in Verse For Your TBR

Poetry can come in different formats. One popular format that is continuing to rise in the genre is novel in verse. Like general poetry, verse novels are musical and provide readers with an emotional experience, just as they would in prose format. It also gives readers a chance to hear various voices, stories, and perspectives, one of my favorite things when I read the novel in verse.


So if you are looking to take a chance and read this exciting genre (or you are already reading them but looking for verse recs), here are some verse reads I compiled that I feel should be on your radar:

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Celebrating Ramadan: Own Voices Books for This Religious Holiday

Ramadan, the holy ninth of the Islamic calendar, began this week and Muslims around the world will observe with charitable deeds, daily fasting and special prayers. There ‘s not much I know about this religious holiday and or about Muslim/Islamic culture altogether. But I am trying to educate myself by reading about books so I can have a better understanding without making assumptions.

If you are looking to go a similar route, I have listed some great book recommendations that are great conversation starters for you and your family to have together, whether you observe the holiday or not. The first step towards the fight against racism and prejudice is empathy and understanding and reading these books are a great start:

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#PeriodPositivity: Book Recommendations That Are Great Conversation Starters

Talking about a normal bodily function should never be a problem, however, when it comes to periods and mensuration, it always happens to be a taboo subject that is stigmatized and something that is never talked about. It is time to break the stigma. There is a lot of misinformation revolving around periods and that is due to the lack of understanding and education. This is subject that everyone should know about and should be comfortable to talk about. If you are looking for ways to make that first step, here are some great book recommendations that are great conversation starters:

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Books to Read From the Emerald Isle

On this St. Patrick’s Day, we may not be able to celebrate with other people or visit the great country, full of heritage and culture. But with a pint of Guiness (or Irish Breakfast tea would be my personal preference), you can visit Ireland from the comfort of your favorite reading chair by reading these amazing books by Irish authors:

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Feel-Good Fiction For Spring Reading

You need to escape from the world right now? You may not be able to travel as much but reading uplifting stories that will warm your heart and put a spring in your step. Just the ticket to jumpstart your spring reading. So here are some favorite feel-good tales that will definitely bring that necessary smile to your face:

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Recent Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for a romantic read to entertain you this Valentine’s Day? Ranging from meet cutes to historical regencies, you will definitely get in the mood on this loving day with these great books!

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