Ah, we're at the beginning of a new year (and decade!). The prospect of staring down months of post-holiday winter might make a lot of folks grumpy, but I LOVE the beginning of a new year. It’s like opening a brand new notebook, or a fresh jar of peanut butter. Fresh opportunity as far as the eye can see. It’s a time to set goals, and what goal is better than improving your reading life?
Here are some ideas for successful reading resolutions in 2020:
The weather’s cold, it’s dark outside and you have a hankering for something warm and tasty. These cookbooks will help you whip up some deliciousness to brighten your winter days.
Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies by Heather Kim. Filled with recipes like What a Piece of Sheet Cake or Every Day I Regret Us S’More, this snarky and sarcastic cookbook will add a lot of sweetness to that bitter break-up.
It’s no secret that this is my favorite time of year - pumpkin patches, crunchy leaves, cooler weather, and of course spooooooky books! But what to read? Something that will leave you sleeping with the lights on? Something a little less terrifying and more atmospheric? Something funny and scary? Whether you’re looking to have your blood chilled, or just want something a little spooky to get you into the Halloween spirit, we’ve got you covered.
Banned Books Week (September 22 – 28) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Censorship leaves us in the dark, keep the light on. Celebrate your freedom by reading and speaking out in support of banned books!
The Top Eleven Challenged Books of 2018 are:
The school year is in full swing, which means that you, dear reader, most likely have some reading assignments looming on the horizon. Whether you’re in AP classes or not, English teachers LOVE to assign books that are likely to crop up on the AP literature test. But that list is huge, and figuring out which books you might actually enjoy reading can be daunting. Fear not! Here is a list of amazing AP books that read a lot like some much more recent popular young adult titles.
It’s almost August?! How did that happen? Summer’s almost over, and whether you need something for a summer reading assignment or just don’t want to get bogged down in a 500-page novel, here are some quick reads that you can fit in before the end of summer break:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and what better way to combat boredom than with a book? But what do you do when you simply can’t find that next perfect read? Maybe you’ve just finished something amazing and are suffering from serious TEABS (The End of an Awesome Book Syndrome). You know the feeling -- you’re not quite ready to move on from the people and places your last book took you to. Or maybe you’re in the dreaded book slump, when you just can’t find anything that really sucks you in.
With ongoing threats of ICE raids, immigrant families are stashing away money, seeking out church pastors for advice or sanctuary and having “the talk” with their children about the possibility that one day an immigration agent could knock on their door. Think about how this feels to teens, who may already be questioning their place in the world! The following titles will inform and support teens experiencing threat of deportation, and those who care about them.