Quote of the Day- April 30, 2021

What I’ve Been Reading Lately: April 26

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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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 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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Recent Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for a romantic read to entertain you this Valentine’s Day? Ranging from meet cutes to historical regencies, you will definitely get in the mood on this loving day with these great books!

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Banned Books to Read During Banned Books Week

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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