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:
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:
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:
The UK bookseller, Waterstones, has just announced the 2019 winners of their Children’s Book Prize. Celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, this award, which is chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers, honors emerging writers of exceptional talent and are blooming in the children’s writing industry.
The category winners for the 2018 Costa Book Awards have just been announced. The Costa Book Awards is one the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes that recognizes great books throughout the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.
I enjoy this book award since the books that are picked, either shortlisted or the winners, are always good book choices and great reads to add to your TBR shelf. The coveted Costa Book of the Year 2018 will be announced on January 29.