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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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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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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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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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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Pages: 340 pages
Published: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Walker Books US
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
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Pages: 198 pages
Published: May 28, 2020
Publisher: Garmoran Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery
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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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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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Hello again everybody! It’s Joe Pascullo here, guest writing once more for my friend Tabrizia’s blog. We’ve just wrapped up Pride Month here in June. But to keep the celebration going, Tabrizia asked me to pen a blog with some LGBTQ titles for all you readers to check out. I was happy to oblige! Fandoms and conventions (remember when we used to attend those!?) for the yaoi (boys’ love) and yuri (girls’ love) genres have exploded in popularity, with many manga fans simply choosing to read only titles within those classifications. Need some recommendations? Try one (or more) of these on for size!
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