Celebrate Pride With 11 LGBTQ+ YA Novels

Celebrate Pride With 11 LGBTQ+ YA Novels

Happy Pride month! It’s time to celebrate and recognize the importance of the LGBTQ+ community with a big parade and plenty of rainbows. In YA, more and more authors are including LGBTQ+ leads and characters, giving them a voice and platform to share their important stories with us. Below are 11 novels that focus on the hardships and the achievements of            1) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel   Bechdel’s graphic novel is a memoir of her life growing up in rural Pennsylvania, her relationship with her father, and her first relationship with another woman. Fun Home became so popular …

Woman Reads Books to Soothe Shelter Dogs

Woman Reads Books to Soothe Shelter Dogs

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Sandy Barbabella lost her four-legged best friend several years ago. Instead of mourning the loss of her beloved pet, she decided to return the lover her dog gave to her- to other dogs.   Almost every week, Barbabella arrives at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society with an armful of children’s books and heads straight for the kennels. With a soothing voice, she calmly visits each dog and reads them a chapter or two.   She caught the attention of Reddit user puglife123 who posted this photo that made the world cry real tears:       Image courtesy of http://bit.ly/2s9rgSc   This is perfect …

Literary Obituaries Pay Tribute To Our Fave Characters

Literary Obituaries Pay Tribute To Our Fave Characters

Here lies some of our favorite characters from literature. They were the reason we kept turning the pages, keeping us up late so that we could read what happens next. They made us laugh, cry, and possibly throw our books across the room if the plot didn’t go the way we wanted it to.  We know that the death of a character is fictional, but they feel so real! To commemorate those we’ve lost, we’ve written up several “lit obits” in their memory.   West Egg, NY — Jay Gatsby     Originally born as James Gatz, son of the farmer …

The Emotional Stages of Buying a Book Online

The Emotional Stages of Buying a Book Online

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You just put in your paycheck, you’ve paid off your bills and rent, and you have a little extra cash in your account  You know what that means…   IT’S TIME TO ORDER SOME BOOKS!   This is the best day of your life!     Logging into your account getting ready to scroll through titles gets you so hyped…     You’re having the best time picking out all the books you need to add to your shelves…     Your cart is piling up, but you’re doing your best to ignore it…     You’re waaaay over budget, …

World’s Oldest Bookstore To Close

World’s Oldest Bookstore To Close

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It’s possible you’ve never heard of the world’s oldest bookstore, located in Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast. However, Total Croatia News reports that the historic bookstore is closing down. Unfortunately, the world’s oldest bookstore is feeling the financial pressure that many independent bookstores are facing right now. This is truly a tragedy, and I believe it’s time we all pay our respects to this historic piece of culture located in Split, Croatia.     Morpurgo first opened its doors in July 1860, after founder Vid Morpurgo had worked with booksellers for years. That’s right, the store is over 150 years old! Split is the metropolitan center of …