Read with PRIDE: LGBTQ Reads for 2020

Pride Month may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean that we stop reading with PRIDE. We need LGBTQ reads now more than ever, at a time where we need to hear diverse stories and have the chance to step in other people’s shoes. So take up the chance and read across the rainbow (even if it’s past June 30) and discover the colorful and vibrant stories the following amazing authors have to tell!

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Book Review: Somebody Give This Heart A Pen by Sophia Thakur

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 112 pages

Published: September 8, 2020

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

Genre: Young Adult,Poetry, Nonfiction

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Celebrate Juneteenth with Reading

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston Bay, TX, two years after the the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. This day is widely celebrated as the end of slavery in America and is known as Emancipation Day or “Juneteenth”.

It is always important to learn more our country’s past, however, it is becoming more poignant to understand more from our tragic past. This is more than just another anti-racism booklist. These are book recommendations that talk about a topic some people are uncomfortable to discuss. To make way for a better future, we have to learn more our past. And these are some books that will help you get started:

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Quote of the Day – June 14, 2020

What does a monster look like? Jam asked.

Her mother focused on her, cupping her cheek in a chalky hand. “Monsters don’t look like anything, doux-doux. That’s the whole point. That’s the whole problem.”
― Akwaeke Emezi, Pet

Books You Should Get Out Of the UK: June Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British titles!

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Books to Read This Month: June Edition

You many not be able to go to the beach this summer, but that does not mean you shouldn’t pile up on your summer TBR shelf. There are great selections from secluded killer islands to a new twist on classic gothic horror that will make you forget about not getting to go to the beach (well, almost….):

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Quote of the Day – June 4, 2020

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Fiction Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

The conversation around mental health does not end on June 1. Having an open and honest discussion around this important topic is much needed, especially when we want to break the stigma and hide the assumptions surrounding the topic. Dealing with mental health issues of my own, I tend to gravitate towards books that discuss it painfully but in a beautiful that will start ignite conversations.

So if you are looking for those books that help you examine mental health beyond, here is a great starter pack:

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The Winner of the 2020 YA Book Prize is…

The winner of the YA Book Prize has just been revealed: Continue reading “The Winner of the 2020 YA Book Prize is…”

#YA10 Panels: 2020 Shortlist

Leading up to the announcement of the winner of the 2020 YA Book Prize, the YA Book Prize is hosting author talks with the shortlist authors which you can find below:

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