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!”

Books to Read This Month: January Edition

New Year…New Books! Here are some great new releases that will keep you warm and entertained for this upcoming chilly month. Get a head start on your 2020 Reading Challenge! Continue reading “Books to Read This Month: January Edition”

Book Review: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400 pages

Published: February 26, 2019

Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction & Literature, Contemporary Continue reading “Book Review: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner”

Book Review: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 352 pages

Published: June 11, 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction & Literature, Contemporary Continue reading “Book Review: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven”

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”

Book Review: Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 336 pages

Published: June 18, 2019

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction & Literature, Contemporary, Fantasy Continue reading “Book Review: Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron”

Quote of the Day – August 13, 2019

Shatter-Me-2“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Books of 2019: Favorite Reads So Far (YA Genre)

As I have mentioned in my previous post, I am on a book committee this year that is in the process of selecting the best YA books of the year for teens, a genre I am not a big fan of. However, as I am reading through these books, I am learning more about my reading tastes. It is not the general YA genre I have a distaste for, it is YA books published by US authors. I have realized that I have a preference for YA books published by UK authors, or more generally, foreign authors. They add something different and unique that goes beyond the generic brand and writing style that is usually accompanied with YA books. Continue reading “Books of 2019: Favorite Reads So Far (YA Genre)”

Books to Read This Month: April Edition

April showers bring…an abundance of new releases! From a fantasy about books to a historical fashion emporium, here are some April new releases that will have you enjoy being stuck inside with this wet, spring weather:

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Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 531 pages

Published: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction & Literature, Fantasy Continue reading “Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi”