March is Women’s History Month and though most of us are stuck at home, that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating the strength and endurance that women bring to society. And reading great books is a great way to do that! So here are some YA book selections about fierce female characters by strong female (with some male) authors. Continue reading “Fierce Reads for Women’s History Month”
September 15-October 15 marks the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a month long celebration that recognizes people’s contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country’s history, culture and heritage. If you are looking for ways to celebrate (or just educate yourself more about the hispanic heritage), here are some great book selections that will have you on your way:
Fall is just around the corner…and there are exciting highly anticipated new releases that will make you excited for the cooling weather! And this month is perfect to make use of your library card (or sign up for a new one) because of National Libray Card Sign-Up Month. From highly sought out sequel to an upcoming romance from a popular author, September will be one busy month from book lovers:
Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:
Pages: 385 pages
Published: June 12, 2018
Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
Genre: Fiction & Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction Continue reading “Book Review: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza”
During Black History Month, we are not only encouraged to celebrate the history and accomplishments of black people but to read most of their inspirational writings. However, we should also take the time to celebrate the diversity of our culture and society. And there are no better depictions of diversity than the ones illustrated in literature. So if you are looking to “diverse” your TBR shelf, you can’t go wrong with these books: Continue reading “Expand Your Horizons: Great Diverse Books To Read”
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is writing a children’s book that’s slated to drop in 2019. The New York Times reports the 12 Years A Slave actress will title the book Sulwe which means star. The word comes from her native language Luo. The book will be catered to kids between the ages of 5 and 7. It will tell the story […]
These are some terms that I have been associated with when I was in middle school. I was teased for my musical preference. I was tormented for the way that I talked (and not only for my lisp) and how I presented myself. I never embodied the stereotype of a black person, whatever that is supposed to be. I had to deal with comments from friends, classmates, even from my own family, just because I didn’t live up to their or society’s expectations for the color of my skin. It took me a long time to finally accept me for me and if people don’t like it, that’s their problem.
But the conflict with my personality and societal expectations is on the rise and this time, books are at the forefront.
There are different forms of poetry in the literary form and one popular form is free verse. Free verse poetry is an open form, free from constraints of rules that deal with rhyme and meter. And the beauty of free verse is that it can turn into a narrative! Now all poetry somehow tell a story but with free verse novels, it is a novel length story told in prose instead of poetic form. You might have heard of them as “epic poems” such as The Odyssey by Homer and Beowolf.
So for National Poetry Month, instead of reading the basic metered or rhyming poetry (beautiful as they are), why not branch out and try reading some free verse novels? Don’t know any? Don’t panic! Here are some suggestions that will definitely get you started and reading for the rest of the month:
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
“Using the structure of a poetry slam, Nikki Grimes’ award-winning novel is a powerful exploration of self, an homage to spoken-word poetry, and an intriguing look into the life of eighteen urban teens.”
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
“In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.”