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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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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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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Manga Recommendations for Halloween!

Hello again everybody! It’s Joe Pascullo here, back with another guest writing spot on my pal Tabrizia’s blog. Halloween is just around the corner. And though we may not be able to celebrate it with trick or treating and costume parades as we once were, it’s not all bad! Horror manga has shown no signs of slowing down, and there is still an abundance of it for readers to consume during our favorite autumn season. So don’t be too down about the lack of candy this year. Here are some horror manga recommendations for you to check out! 

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Banned Books to Read During Banned Books Week

The last week in September marks Banned Books Week, a week long even that celebrated the freedom to read whatever you want, created by the American Library Association (ALA). It takes the time to highlight historic occasions at attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Take a look at the 10 most banned/challenged books of 2019.

Celebrate your right to read by reading a banned/challenged book! If you are scratching your head at knowing where to start, you can check out the compile list, created by the ALA or choose these recommended books you find below:

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Featured Author Interview: Lucy Cuthew

I had the great opportunity to ask the author, Lucy Cuthew, a couple of questions about her work and her YA debut novel, Blood Moon, a great novel in verse about periods, sex and online shaming.

This was one of the most innovative and compelling YA novels I have read in a long time and I cannot stop raving about this book. When you read this interview and my book review, I hope you will pick up a copy and find this novel just as amazing as I did:

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Book Review: Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 340 pages

Published: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Walker Books US

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

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Book Review: Deleted by Sylvia Heir

Format: Paperback

Pages: 198 pages

Published: May 28, 2020

Publisher: Garmoran Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

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Book Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 448 pages

Published: October 1, 2020 (UK), October 6, 2020 (US)

Publisher: Raven Books (UK), Sourcebooks Landmark (US)

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Historical Fiction

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Book Review: Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 288 pages

Published: August 20, 2020 (UK), November 17, 2020 (US)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus (UK), Little, Brown and Company

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Poetry

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