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Celebrities Read for Save with Stories Campaign

Celebrities such as Chris Evans, Hillary Duff, Jimmy Fallon, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Garner and more are participating in the Save with Stories Campaign to help read to children while they are being homeschooled right now. Chris Evans himself is reading If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff.


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Many more celebrities, such as Demi Lovato, have partnered with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Celebrities are reading children’s books and posting their videos on Instagram and Facebook.

By donating to the Save with Stories campaign, people are helping to feed children and provide them with the nutrition they need. So many schools have been shut down due to the virus, and these celebrities are helping children stay healthy and educated while also having fun with stories.

Some of the stories that are being read by celebrities are: Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, The Life of La Vida De Selena by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stain, Mixed A Colorful Story by Arree Chung.

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Donations can be made at savethechildren.org/savewithstories.

You can watch all of the celebrities videos on the Save with Stories instagram page here 


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Audible Makes Hundreds of Titles Free Amid Coronavirus Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, millions of individuals and families are forced to remain at home in an effort to flatten the curve. Fulfilling work and school tasks at home is the new reality for most, and many are grappling with the new challenges of what it means to socially isolate during a global health crisis.

While many are trying to lessen the blow and support small businesses by purchasing take-out, delivery, and gift cards, some familiar media companies are doing their part to help make social isolation a little bit more bearable.


For your time at home with your families, Audible is offering hundreds of audiobooks for free. This comes in an effort to help parents with children home from school, and the company is hoping to assist in keeping families calm and entertained. The announcement of Audible’s new terms came with the promise that “For as long as schools are closed, we are open.”


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The vast array of titles is divided into six categories: Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics and Folk & Fairy Tales for All. The audiobooks are available to stream on all devices.

In these rapidly changing times, it can be comforting to ground yourself in a story, new or old. Definitely check out all Audible has to offer.



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Bookspot of the Week: Blackwell’s Broad Street of Oxford

Although most retailers have temporarily shuttered their doors to the public in the wake of the pandemic, we still want to shine a light on some of the incredible bookspots around the world for you to visit when the travel ban is lifted. So cozy up with a warm tea and dive into our conversation with sales manager Dave Kelly of Blackwell’s Broad Street in Oxford.

How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality?

We opened over 140 years ago, so it’s a bit difficult to recollect, but I do know that it had been the dream of Benjamin Henry Blackwell to open a bookshop in Oxford even though some people in the book trade doubted the location opposite the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library. On opening an account with Macmillans, Frederick Macmillan said, “Very well Mr. Blackwell, we shall be pleased to open an account with you but I fear you have chosen the wrong side of the street to be successful.”

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What do you feel is unique to your bookstore?

Many quirks, but most notably the Norrington Room which is a cavernous basement that runs beneath Trinity College offering over 3 miles of bookshelves. Many people come into our shop expecting it to be quite small but soon discover its vastness.

If you had infinite space, what might you add to the store?

Although we’re big, we’d always like more space for books… although, if I could do anything I would run an underground tunnel to our two dear neighbors the White Horse and the New Bodleian Library, providing swift access to both liquid and further literary refreshment.


How do you feel your bookstore fits into your local community?

Having been in Oxford for so long, which is such a book-loving city, we feel despite the competition that we are the natural second home of all local book lovers and visiting tourists and students.

What does your store offer that a chain or online retailer can’t?

The way our shop is particularly set up means that we have expertise across all subjects from translated fiction and poetry to religion and science, so we’re able to help readers of all ages and abilities. Our Classics bookseller has been with us for fifty years and knows as much as most Oxford Dons! Events are crucial for us, particularly our monthly ‘Philosophy in the Bookshop’ or annual theatre in the bookshop where the local Creation Theatre takes over the Norrington room and performs every evening.

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Do you hand-pick your staff to create a specific environment?

Absolutely a love of books, bookshops, and recommendation is crucial and then we try to align each bookseller with their preferred subject area.

How else do you create a welcoming environment?

There’s a fine line between welcoming and offering assistance whilst allowing our visitors to browse in comfort. We feel as though we manage it well and want the shop to be their shop as much as it is ours.

What about your store do you think appeals to your neighborhood?

The sheer vast range of books, knowledge, and friendliness means that everyone can trust us with anything – quite often not even book related!

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Do you have any staff picks or releases we should watch out for?

We’re slightly biased about Daisy Johnson as she used to be a bookseller with us, but she is truly outstanding, her first two books Fen and Everything Under were brilliant but her new book Sisters is a masterpiece – all our booksellers have been gripped by it and fighting (nicely) over proofreading copies.

Do you tailor your inventory according to your community?

Being so big, some customers expect us to have everything, which of course even we can’t – (although our neighbors the Bodleian Library do!) We’re still really lucky to be able to offer choice in all areas though, and part of my job is looking at trends in the shop and adapting the size of sections to suit what our customers want. We’ve recently expanded our Social Science and Philosophy sections, for example, and have provided a more prominent space for memoirs.


Is there anything else that you’d like our audience to know?

So many stories from our past, but every book lover should know that we used to also publish books and were the first publisher of J R R Tolkien for his children’s poem Goblin’s Feet. Dorothy Sayers used to be Sir Basil Blackwell’s secretary, too!

There you have it, our wonderful book spot of the week! Don’t you want to teleport there right now? If you have a book place that’s special to you too, contact us through any of our social media platforms and you might just see them here next week!

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5 Fantasy Books Featuring Mystical Faeries

Faeries have always had a special place in fantasy literature, and I think we can all see why. Sometimes, these beings take on the form of a trickster that messes with mortals for sheer enjoyment. Other times, the faerie in question may be a guide or maternal figure who leads the protagonist down the right path, offering sage advice and comfort when necessary. There is also the recurring theme of making these beings into immortal love interests who fall head-over-heels for their human paramours.

Long story short: faeries take on various roles in literature. Their magic and their personalities make them an inexhaustible source of inspiration and entertainment.

So, to feed your interest in faeries, here are five books featuring faerie characters.


1. “The cruel prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Book 1) by [Black, Holly]

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Holly Black is well known for her stories that draw inspiration from the Realm of Faerie. She was one of the two writers for The Spiderwick Chronicles, and she also authored The Modern Faerie Tale series. Honestly, whenever I go looking for books with faeries, Holly Black is one of the first writers to appear–and it’s really no surprise as to why this is the case. The Cruel Prince is the first book in The Folk of Air Series. This book introduces Jude, who was seven years old when her parents were killed by the fey, and she and her sisters were captured and forced to live in the Court of Faerie. In order to gain an official role in the court, Jude embroils herself in the cutthroat politics that pit her against Prince Cardan, a faerie who despises humans. In order to save her sisters and the realm though, Jude must join a risky political alliance that might help her succeed in her goals, or it might just double back and destroy her.

2. “bones of faerie

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Janni Lee Simner lays out a story that takes place in the aftermath of a war between humans and faeries. After this conflict ended, the faeries disappeared and humanity has heard nothing from them since. Bones of Faerie follows fifteen-year-old Liza, a young girl who has never seen magic, but she has lived in a world that was wounded because of it. She soon learns that she has the gift to see into both the past and the present, and through this gift, she realizes that she must flee her hometown and go into the land of faerie. And maybe, just maybe, she can figure out how to mend the land on her journey.

3. “A court of thorns and roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by [Maas, Sarah J.]

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I just… I just really like Sarah J. Maas’s work. Author of The Throne of Glass series and the recently published Crescent City, Maas is a writer who continues to pull me back with every new book that she releases. A Court of Thorns and Roses is no exception to this rule. This story follows Feyre, a human and the sole provider for her family. One day while hunting, Feyre kills a wolf that turns out to be a Fae in disguise. She invokes the rage of Tamlin, the Fae lord of the Spring court who demands her life in return for the one that she took. He takes her back with him to the Spring court, where she lives amongst the Fae and comes to learn about the curse that looms over the court. And when this curse finally takes effect, Feyre must be the one to venture under the mountain to save Tamlin and his subjects.


4. “The Faerie Ring

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Kiki Hamilton’s first installation to her Faerie Ring series promises a fascinating set of books to follow. The Faerie Ring follows Tiki, a young pickpocket who lives in London with her fellow orphans. When she steals a ring from a particular individual though, her actions threaten to cause war to break out between the faeries and humanity once again. However, plenty of individuals also want the ring for their own end goals… and some of those people do, indeed, want to see war engulf Britain.

5. “Magic under glass

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Jaclyn Dolarmore’s Magic Under Glass promises a charming and romantic tale for readers. Nimira is a music-hall performer who barely manages to scrape together a living. She is enlisted by the sorcerer Hollin Perry for a special act–Nimira will sing in accompaniment to an automaton playing piano. However, she discovers that the spirit of a faerie inhabits her automaton partner, and the two fall in love. While Nimira tries to break her beloved’s curse, they must also work to save the faerie realm from impending doom.

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