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How the Pandemic Has Changed Our Reading Lives

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Grab your TBR! It's time to add a whole lot of awesome new fall 2020 YA books to it.

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These are 30 of the best body positive books you can read right now to expand your knowledge of your…

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The power of the TBR isn't in its achievability but in its ability to tell you so much about yourself…

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Pile up your TBR with these 60 incredible Fall 2020 YA paperbacks, with something for every kind of reader.

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WARRIORS: An Enchanting Feline Legacy

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A Glossary of Manga Terms for Newcomers

A quick and dirty glossary of manga terms for absolute beginners and newcomers to the Japanese comic style.

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In the midst of a global pandemic, we've all done some cleaning. Here's a guide to donating books during COVID-19.

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Say, what's that little box on the curb? Customize your Little Free Library with signage and let patrons know you're…

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Want the Swoons? 21 of The Best Romance Comics Have Them

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Here's how to disinfect books that you check out from the library or share with other people outside of your…

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8 Manga With Environmental Themes

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8 Writers Discuss How Fairytales Can Disrupt The Status Quo

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Get a stamp or Little Free Library book labels so your patrons remember where their new favorite book came from.

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Soft science fiction focuses on the social sciences, is more philosophical in approach, and explores the important social issues of…

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Hey. It's me, your coffee table. I didn't want to bring this up, but... can we talk?

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In considering whether staff are being protected as libraries reopen during the pandemic, we take a look at some Arizona…

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5 Modern Authors Upholding the Gothic Feminist Tradition in 2020

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11 great places to find free legal audiobooks online.

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Indie Press Round-Up: 10 Great New Releases for Summer

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A reader on their relationship with self-help books and living with ADHD.

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43 Short Poems to Sneak More Poetry Into Your Life

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A Full List Of Bill Gates’s Book Recommendations From 2012 To 2020

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Read on for 50 of the best Kindle Unlimited audiobooks you can listen to right now with a subcription, from…

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As bookstores reopen, owners are prioritizing safety for employees and customers above all else. Find out what's happening from the…

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Now that new comics are trickling back into local comic shops, here's a list of the best new comics you…

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From the history of design and its impact on what is considered disability to wide-ranging essay collections, dig into true…

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"Don't join the fight against racism to liberate me and other Black people. Join the fight to liberate yourself."

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Gorgeous poems written and performed with passion by poets of color - beautiful lines coming together with the intend to…

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Build the perfect bookish space with these nursery bookends for every decor style.

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Pack your summer TBR with these new summer 2020 YA graphic novels and comics releases!

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These LGBT mythology books spin old, familiar tales of myth, folklore, and religion into fresh takes that offer queer representation.

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Stack your Pride TBR with these hopeful, queer science fiction and fantasy novels where queer characters are celebrated and highlighted.

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Time Is Not Real: Books That Play With the Art of Time

Time in books has always had more freedom than time in the real world--or so we thought. An examination of…

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7 Great Books That Generate Empathy 

Recommendations of books that generate empathy. Books that remind both young and adult readers to be aware, understand and extend…

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6 Nonfiction Canadian Books by Black Authors About Racism

Need to self-educate? Start with this list of 6 nonfiction Canadian books by Black authors about racism, anti-Blackness, and anti-racist…

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Grief & Crime: Mysteries To Read After DEAD TO ME

If you love Netflix's DEAD TO ME, you'll want to try these novels that delve into grief and crime.

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16 Personalized Bookends for Your Home Library

Find the perfect personalized bookends for your shelves with options for adults and kids alike.

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Parental Fear and Cultural Erasure: The Logic Behind Banning Books

Have you ever wondered what motivates parents to call for book bans? One reader considers the logic behind banning books.

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8 Horror Books Set In Maine (That Aren’t By Stephen King)

If King is the only Maine horror author you've read, we're here to introduce you to some new authors who've…

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Hard and Heavy Brass Bookends For Your Shelves

Keep your books solidly in place with these beautiful brass bookends, ranging from griffins to owls to rabbits and so…

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50 Must-Read Books for 6th Graders

Here is a list of the best books for 6th graders to soothe insecurities and broaden their visions, from a…

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How to Make a Zine: A Beginner’s Guide

With a few supplies and a little know-how, you too can be a zine creator! Learn how to make a…

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Anti-Racist Middle Grade Books To Help Young Readers Challenge White Supremacy

Fiction and nonfiction anti-racist middle grade books to help young readers (& adults!) challenge and dismantle white supremacy.

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3 Great Memoirs Written (and Narrated) by Queer Women

Celebrate Pride Month and queer voices by reading these three captivating audiobook memoirs written and narrated by queer women.

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Meet the 5 Writers Shortlisted for the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing

The Caine Prize for African Writing is one of the world's major short-story prizes. Meet the five writers shortlisted for…

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4 Time Travel Books About Lost Time

As we lose plans and time with loved ones to the pandemic, these books about lost time can offer some…

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8 Asexual Books to Help You Celebrate Pride Month

Aromantic. Asexual. Demisexual. Gray asexual. The vocabulary around ace identities is relatively new compared to other segments of the LGBTQIA+…

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6 Long Books to Keep You Entertained During Quarantine

What better way to stay entertained at home than by getting absorbed in a good story? Check out six of…

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21 Flash Fiction Stories to Read While You Wait Anywhere

A handy-dandy list of flash fiction pieces online for you to read next time you (literally) only have a minute…

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6 Book Subscription Gift Boxes for Everyone in Your Life (Including You!)

If you are looking for a book subscription gift for someone in your life, look no further than these 7…

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Read Me Another, Dad: 12 of the Best Books for Father’s Day

Gifting to a dad who loves to read with his kids? Helping one pick a new piece of fiction to…

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Experimental Writing By Contemporary Women Authors

Here's a short list of works by contemporary women writers, primarily women of color, pushing the boundaries of genre through…

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Once Upon A Time There Were 8 LGBTQ+ Fairytales From 2020

Check out these 8 LGBTQ+ fairytales from 2020 for a queer once upon a time, from a new Anna-Marie McLemore…

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41 Beautiful Rainbow Books for Pride Day

Bookshelf in need of color? Celebrate Pride Day and add a little vibrancy to your shelves with these rainbow book…

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What Charles and Anti-Charles Reveal About Goodreads Homophobia

On the unsettling phenomenon known across the queer bookish community as Goodreads Charles, and what it says about homophobia and…

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On Queer Black Women In Love

Looking for books about Black women living and loving? Check out these romance books where queer Black women get their…

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5 Great Books By Neurodiverse Authors For Your TBR

We've rounded up a selection of books by neurodiverse authors for your TBR, and their insights about dyslexia, autism, ADHD,…

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7 of the Best and Worst Dinners and Dinner Parties in Fiction

Dinners and dinner parties in fiction can be effective settings for drama, humor, or both. Here are 7 of the…

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Dear Bookseller: What Should I Read Right Now?

Dear Bookseller, what do you think I should read right now? I am feeling, well how can I describe this?…

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6 Books Like NORMAL PEOPLE To Read

Looking for more books like NORMAL PEOPLE? We've got six recommendations to scratch that same reading itch.

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We’ve Got Your Kids Covered: 20 of the Best Kindle Books for Kids

We're bringing you the 20 best Kindle books for kids. All are either free for all or free with a…

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26 of the Best Books for 5th Graders

These books for 5th graders can help your young ones enjoy their new position as the big people on campus…

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15 Paranormal Mystery Books to Read Right Now

Here are 15 paranormal mystery books to add some fantastical intrigue to your to read-shelf.

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How a TV Adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE Took Over Ireland’s Airwaves

A reader reflects on the morality-driven backlash against the adaptation of Sally Rooney's NORMAL PEOPLE, as heard on a radio…

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Harriet the Spy, Tomato Sandwiches, and Breaking Routines

A reader on rereading HARRIET THE SPY, considering it from a modern standpoint and applying its messages about making sense…

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Bring The Outdoors In With Petrified Wood Bookends

Add these petrified bookends to your shelves for something wholly useful -- and gorgeous.

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9 Great British Mystery Series You Won’t Want to Put Down

Prep that high tea and put that sleuthing hat on because you're about to be immersed in some excellent British…

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The Psychology of a Book Hangover

Why do our heads get stuck in books long after the story has ended? (One quick rec: read a modern…

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