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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2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist

© 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction

The longlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced a few weeks back.  This year’s longlist honors both new and well-established writers and a range of genres and themes, from family to rural poverty and isolation. The novels also range from different global settings, from South London to Deep South, from Ghana to Hong Kong,

Here are the books listed:

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Books to Read This Month: April Edition

April showers brings us new books! This month sees exciting new releases from romantic love to enticing thrillers to a graphic novel about great female writers. You will not only be entertained during this usually rainy month but these titles will give you the inspiration to go out in the warmer weather and get a jumpstart on your spring reading. Get a pen and paper ready and make sure to add these titles to you ever growing TBR pile:

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2021 YA Book Prize Shortlist

This past week, the YA Book Prize announced the 2021 shortlist for the prize. The book prize, launched in 2014, awards a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. The prize is also run by the book trad magazine, The Bookseller, in partnership with the Hay Festival. These 10 books are in the running to win this year’s overall £2,000 award.

Last year, Meat Market by Juno Dawson took home the 2020 YA Book Prize.

I’m glad to see a lot the books that are on my TBR shelf made this year’s shortlist, so I know I am on a great track to brilliant reading! But that also means I need to get a crack on and start reading these!

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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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Upcoming Books by Black Authors

For Black History Month, there are many book recommendations out there and mostly, its already published books. But what about the upcoming books? This year, we have a slew of exciting upcoming books, and it also includes books that Black Authors are releasing. So make sure you have your pen and paper out! You will want to add these upcoming releases to your ever-growing TBR pile and rush over to Bookshop.org to preorder these anticipating titles:

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