Quote of the Day – October 7, 2021

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2021

Here is the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlist for 2021. This annual prize’s shortlist is always chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers and strives to commit to championing the best and newest talent in children’s writing and illustration today. Make sure to check back to see the winner of this prize!

Now here are the nominees:

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Must Read Novels in Verse For Your TBR

Poetry can come in different formats. One popular format that is continuing to rise in the genre is novel in verse. Like general poetry, verse novels are musical and provide readers with an emotional experience, just as they would in prose format. It also gives readers a chance to hear various voices, stories, and perspectives, one of my favorite things when I read the novel in verse.


So if you are looking to take a chance and read this exciting genre (or you are already reading them but looking for verse recs), here are some verse reads I compiled that I feel should be on your radar:

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Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day!

World Book Day is a heavily promoted book celebration in the UK and Ireland. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, this celebration is immersed with activities that are extensive and very exciting, all in for the love of books and reading. Encouraging young children to dress up as their favorite characters, discount vouchers to use on books, and contests and competitions are just the many activities that surround this amazing event. 

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Cup of Tea’s Best Books of 2020: Adult and Teen Books

You can definitely say 2020 was a year. Although we are definitely eager to forget the chaos and the mayhem that this crazy year has brought us, 2020 is a year that has introduced me to great reads that has brought me so much joy and and really got me through these troubled times.

So from heartbreaking, compelling novels in verse to pirate adventures on the high sea, here are the books that made the best of this crazy year:

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National Poetry Day 2020

Today is National Poetry Day! It is safe to say that this year we needed poetry to soothe and calm us of our anxiety and fears that we have been feeling lately. It is important now more than ever to enjoy, discover and share poetry.

This year I have just done that. I have come across amazing poetry collections and read emotional and powerful poetry that will stay with me always. So in keeping with the tradition of this celebration, I am sharing it with you! If you are looking to start (or get back into) poetry, here are some great book recs that will have you looking at poetry in a whole new light:

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Back to School: Books for Reluctant Readers

The new school year has started and although 2020-2021 will be unlike any school year we ever encountered, that does not mean we are not facing the similar learning issues. And a recurring one is getting children and teens to read.

Over the years, children and teens are reading less and less. Most blame television and/or the increase amount of technology use to cause children and teen to read less, however, there might be other factors in play. Some students may feel that the text that reading is too complicated for them and the book size may be intimidating to them. There are some books out there that are useful in helping younger readers find the right book for them and discover the true joys of reading, without any pressure:

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Summer Reads for an “Indoor” Summer: Teen/YA

For the month of August, I’ll be listing great summer reads, in different genres, that will give you a headstart on your summer adventure. So sit back in your lounge chair and getting ready to start your tantalizing journey!

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Best Books of 2020: So Far…

It’s only July? I know most of us wish that 2020 would just end already, but alas that is not the case. We have about 6 months left in the year and as much as I would love to have my life to return to some form of normality, I am using this unusual gift of time to read new 2020 titles and also books that have been on TBR shelf for awhile.

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