Quote of the Day – May 7, 2021

The Winner of the 2021 YA Book Prize is…

The winner of the YA Book Prize has just been revealed:

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: May 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 and Irish titles!

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Books to Read This Month: May Edition

May is another one of my favorite months. Not only the weather starts turning into that comfortable weather that makes it ideal for walks and sitting in the park. But May is also a great time to start making your reading list for the summer! May always has a great selection of new releases that are perfect for “summer reading” and May 2021 is no different from any other. From World War II stories to time travel middle grade fiction, here are some great new releases that will get you excited for the hot weather:

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Asian & Asian American Voices: Great Reads to Celebrate the Heritage

Reading about different cultures other than our own is a great way to not only educate ourselves but creates empathy and understanding in our daily lives. Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is honored in May and Asian & Asian American voices are always important to highlight but it is needed now more than ever due to discrimination and racism that is targeted towards this ethnicity recently.

So #StandUpForAAPI by learning in the best possible way…through amazing reads that highlight powerful Asian voices and I picked some great books that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages (but I also made sure to divide it to three different age groups). Start loving one another by learning about one another:

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Free Virtual Library Programs: May

Are you looking for online programs to attend? Here are some interesting library programs I’m co-hosting and programs that are being put together by my fellow co-workers. All of them are free to attend! You don’t need to be a member of the library to attend. All you have to do is register at the corresponding link and the meeting information will be sent to you the day before the event.

Hope to see you all there!

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Must Read Novels in Verse For Your TBR

Poetry can come in different formats. One popular format that is continuing to rise in the genre is novel in verse. Like general poetry, verse novels are musical and provide readers with an emotional experience, just as they would in prose format. It also gives readers a chance to hear various voices, stories, and perspectives, one of my favorite things when I read the novel in verse.


So if you are looking to take a chance and read this exciting genre (or you are already reading them but looking for verse recs), here are some verse reads I compiled that I feel should be on your radar:

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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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