2020 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees

It’s that time of year again! The voting round of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards has begun. This annual event, in its 12th year, is the only major book awards chosen by readers. The opening round ends on November 8. The semifinal round runs from November 10 – 15, the final round runs from November 17 – 30 and the winners are announced on December 8.

I won’t be listing all the nominees but here are some categories that may be of high interest to some readers. I’ll also mark the ones that will definitely get my vote!

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Book Review: Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

Format: Paperback

Pages: 496 pages

Published: March 5, 2020

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Poetry, Young Adult, Contemporary

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Book Review: The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine Wisdom by Nikita Gill

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 352 pages

Published: September 29, 2020

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Genre: Poetry, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, LGBT

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Blog Post: YA Novels Are Not Just For Teens

I recently wrote a blog post for the book website, MyVLF, discussing about many YA Novels from great authors like Sarah Crossan, Dean Atta, Manjeet Mann and so much more!

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately: September 28

Welcome to What I’ve Been Reading Lately, a feature where I’ll be giving short reviews of what I’m currently reading:

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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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Book Review: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400 pages

Published: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry

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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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Books to Read This Month: September Edition

Wow..is it September already? New month, new books! If you are looking for reads to escape the back to school (or return to work) blues, here are some new releases that will entice your imagination. From thrilling conspiracy theories to magical schools, this month’s reads will make September fly right by (and hopefully into 2021):

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