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Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters

14 Sep

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Have you ever read a book that you liked, but it just took you forever to get through? Well, this isn’t one of those books. I read this book in about a 12 hour period and loved every minute of it even when it was tearing out my heart and stomping on it.

An #OwnVoices young adult novel about an Indian-American, Muslim teen facing growing up in the face of Islamophobia. Maya’s wish is to attend film school in New York, while her parents expect her to go to school closer to home and marry a nice Indian boy, settle down and start a family.

But what happens when a terrorist attack occurs by a suspect who happens to have the same last name as Maya? How will her community react to the news and to her family as the only Muslim family in her small town? This story is an important read for teens in today’s world where being different is feared rather than celebrated, where teens have to worry about things far bigger than choosing a college and getting their first kiss. If you read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it stuck with you, this is a must read.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Indian-American Muslim teen Maya wants to go to NYC for film school & is ready to tell her family when a terrorist attack changes everything

Title: Love, Hate and Other Filters
Author: Samira Ahmed
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Page Number: 288 pgs.

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VACATION TIME

6 Sep

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I’m on vacation! I’ve got a bunch of posts that will be published while I’m away, but I won’t be on social media too much – too much to see and do! My boyfriend and I are heading to London, Paris and Venice for two weeks on our first true vacation in a long time! Our vacation time is usually spent visiting family and friends, going to weddings, etc. Not that any of those things aren’t super awesome, but they’re not usually relaxing. We’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, visiting museums and eating a ton of great food!

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
  8. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  9. Venom by Fiona Paul
  10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Don’t Mess with YA Book Twitter

26 Aug

This is one of those crazy stories you just can’t believe, but it’s true! This week The New York Times Bestseller list for young adult titles bumped The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas from the top spot for a debut novel, Handbook for Mortals… awesome right, because anything that can bump a book as good as The Hate U Give must be a read everyone needs to have in their hands. There was only one problem… no one had heard of the title before and no one could get their hands on a copy.

So how does a debut novel make it’s way onto the list? By selling a lot of copies. By the way, did you know that you can actually pay your way onto the list? It’s been done before and in less than 48 hours of sleuthing  it looks like a number of publishers, editors, authors, bloggers and others in the YA Book Twitter community were able to get this debut title pulled from the list after reports of mysterious over the phone orders of the title at Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores, Amazon is completely sold out and yet no one has a single copy of the title.

For more information on this crazy story, check out Bustle’s article. The YA Book Community is not a place you want to mess with… and they’ve definitely proven it. A huge congratulations to Angie Thomas’s title The Hate U Give for being a title that should truly be a bestseller and one that everyone should read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Modern Titles to Pair with Classics

22 Aug

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of classic literature read in high school – I think it’s difficult to teach, it’s difficult to connect to students’ lives and it’s often filled with a lot of old/dead white men. So, this Top Ten Tuesday is devoted to titles that can be paired with classic literature selected in high school for a even more enhanced learning experience.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Great by Sara Benincasa
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Looking for Alaska by John Green
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
    Little Brother by Cory Doctrow
  7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
  8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
  9. The Odyssey by Homer
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  10. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Celebrating LBGT Pride Month

9 Jun

June is LGBT Pride Month and I definitely want to offer you some great titles to read, so you can check out my post from last year with a great graphic and titles for all readers! I’m really enjoying the fact that it’s becoming easier to find books with LBGT characters and as usual, my favorite are the books that don’t even “deal” with the topic but it’s just a matter of fact type of thing like, “the sky is blue and this character is gay.” It’s not something that needs to be discussed, it just is.

If you’re looking for more LGBT titles, check out the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table since 1971. This is a great place to look for true representation; titles that are well-written and portray he gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. The Children’s and Young Adult Awards for 2017 went to Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

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