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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Books for Indigenous People’s Day

Today is marked as Columbus Day, however, the legacy of Christopher Columbus has been in hot contention in recent years. There has been so much controversey that it has caused some US states to change the name of the federal holiday from “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous People’s Day”, finally giving recognition to the people who were the true founders of most lands of the world.

Most of us, including myself, have been remiss in our education of Indigenous People’s history. But now is our chance to learn about a past that was conveniently left out of our school textbooks. If you are interested to learn more about Indigenous People (and not just in the United States, but all across the world), here are some great book selections that will give you a great start:

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15 marks the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a month long celebration that recognizes people’s contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country’s history, culture and heritage. If you are looking for ways to celebrate (or just educate yourself more about the hispanic heritage), here are some great book selections that will have you on your way:

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Controversial but Necessary: Recent Releases for Banned Books Week

While being on this book committee at work, I have read some amazing books this year. Some of these books, I feel, really should be highlighted to our library community and helmed as one the best books of the year for their ingenuity and compelling storytelling. Continue reading “Controversial but Necessary: Recent Releases for Banned Books Week”

More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves

Are you tired of reading books that involve women finding the elusive “the one”? When I was a teen, I was constantly bombarded by books that characterized women needing to find a guy in order for their lives to be whole and complete. In this ever-changing society, books in the publishing world have started to reflect the independence and resilience of women. And thankfully, I have recently read great books that hit the mark: Continue reading “More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves”

Longlist for Man Book International Prize 2019 Released

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Credit: Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker International Prize has just announced the 13 books that have been longlisted for the prestigious prize. The prize gives recognition to literary works that were translated to English and publish in the UK. It is different from its equivalent, the Man Booker Prize, where that award recognizes books originally written in English and published in the UK. The award comes with a cash prize of £50,000 ($71,000) that split equally between the author and the translator.

The winner will be announced on May 21 at a ceremony held at a dinner at the Roundhouse in London.

The nominees are:

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Books To Read This Month: March Edition

From the rocking sixties to hidden treasures, here are some great March new releases that will have you charmed while you patiently wait for the breath of spring:

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