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John Green Announces New Book Club ‘Life’s Library’

You’ve probably already heard of John Green, YouTube sensation; YA superstar; and the author of the novels The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, whose movie adaptations crushed both the box office and our fragile little hearts. But maybe you haven’t heard about his latest project. Teaming up with Rosianna Halse Roja, literary critic, YouTube personality, feminist, and Green’s own personal assistant, Green has just announced his new book club, Life’s Library. Maybe you recognize the name from the Looking for Alaska passage that features the same phrase: “I’ve read maybe a third of [the books in her collection]. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.”

 

John Green's many novels. Not pictured: Turtles All the Way Down.

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In his YouTube announcement, Green describes his intentions in founding the book club: “reading is usually a solitary and private experience, but when you’re done with a book, it can be so fulfilling to talk about it with people.” As a group Discord is a crucial part of Green and Roja’s plans for the book club, it’s clear that a feeling of community and camaraderie is crucial to the project’s vision.

 

As a YouTube personality, Green is tech-savvy and used to creating content that reaches thousands and thousands of people. The video announcement itself already has over 89,000 views. But Green is interested in something more interactive, wanting to “create the experience of a slightly less open, more community oriented internet where we do and make stuff together.” Since it costs no money to access the Discord, it really is accessible to everyone.

 

 

So how does the book club work? Every six weeks, the club will pick a new book to read and discuss. There are no restrictions based on length, genre, or subject- the only rule is that the book has to be over a year old. The DFTBA webpage’s new page details the different paid book club packages (and don’t panic; there’s a way to do this for free!). For a recurring payment of $25, you get the “physical subscription,” meaning you get the digital content AND all of the stuff- think postcards, bookplates, pins, and a letter from John Green about his thoughts on the book. Stuff you probably want. The $10 subscription is also a pretty sweet deal, giving you access to the paid digital content- a reading guide with discussion questions and a podcast talking about the book. In the future, this subscription could also include digital artwork. All the proceeds go to Partners In Health, a charitable organization helping the needy access healthcare. But if you’re broke (like just about everyone) you can still have access to the Discord and the community. As for the books themselves? Well, that’s what your local library is for.

 

But now let’s get to the most important part. What’s the book!?

 

 

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly, the 1998 story of an interracial relationship at a predominantly white (and rich!) prep school, is a timeless depiction of social issues prevalent in today’s world. A perfect choice for fans of breakout hit The Hate U Give, the novel follows a Jeremiah, a black student from Brooklyn, as he makes a difficult adjustment into a Manhattan private school. There he meets Ellie, a Jewish girl with demons at home that keep her from fitting in with the other privileged students. As their relationship grows stronger, so does the world’s reaction to it. The novel deftly tackles teen romance and social issues in the same breath, making it a strong first addition to Life’s Library.

 

John Green has one major piece of advice: if you don’t join, it won’t happen! Life’s Library will only thrive if it has members- so sign up for a paid subscription, follow the club’s new Instagram, or grab the book from your library for no cost at all.

 

 

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The Hate U Give

Check Out The New Teaser For ‘The Hate U Give’!

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the most important books of the last few years. I haven’t met anyone who was not moved by the book, often after staying up into the early hours of the morning just to finish it. Not to mention the fact that it’s still topping bestseller lists. We’ve known for a while now that a film adaptation of the book is in the works, but as of yesterday, we finally get our first look at the teaser!

 

The teaser actually premiered at VidCon, but since obviously not all of us could be at the con to see it, Angie Thomas herself shared in on Twitter last night. She also revealed that the full trailer will premiere this Sunday during the BET Awards. After that, everyone can watch it on the film’s official website.

 

Watch the trailer below and start getting excited. The Hate U Give hits theaters October 19!

 

 

 

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American Library Association Announces Most Challenged Books of 2017

This week commemorates the 60th anniversary of National Library Week, allowing bookworms everywhere to proudly celebrate their love of books and the libraries that offer them.

 

In the midst of celebration, The American Library Association, or ALA, has announced the most challenged books of 2017 in order to remind readers that a major threat that gets in the way of celebrating books is the act of book banning, or censorship. 

 

Here are the top ten most challenged books of 2017:

 

 

 

1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Reason(s): Discussion of suicide

 

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reason(s): Profanity, sexually explicit imagery 

 

3. Drama by Raina Telfemeier

Reason(s): Includes LGBT characters, considered “confusing”

 

4. The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini

Reason(s): Depicts sexual violence, allegedly promotes Islam, allegedly “[can] lead to terrorism”

 

5. George by Alex Gino

Reason(s): Depicts a trangender youth

 

6. Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Reason(s): Teaches sex-ed, will allegedly persuade children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex”

 

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reason(s): Depicts violence, use of N-word

 

8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reason(s): Depicts drug use, profanity, offensive language, considered “pervasively vulgar”

 

9. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

Reason(s): Depicts a same-sex relationship

 

10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

Reason(s): Addresses gender identity

 

Were you surprised by this list? Let us know!

 

 

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Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give

Watch Angie Thomas Discuss Her Inspiration Behind ‘The Hate U Give’

The Hate U Give follows sixteen-year-old Starr after witnessing her unarmed best friend Khalil’s murder at the hands of a cop. The book has won the £5,000 Waterstones Book of the Year award. 

 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and established to draw attention to the number of unarmed African Americans unlawfully killed by police, it takes its title from the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who said that the phrase Thug Life was an anagram for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.”

 

 

In this interview, Angie Thomas discussed the inspiration behind her novel: the 2010 killing of Oscar Grant and numerous other high profile deaths of unarmed black people. Thomas credits Tupac with the book’s title, calling the rapper her favorite due to his activism both through his music and his life, the  same way Thomas hopes to use writing. 

 

The book is a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the National Book Award last year, as well as winning the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut Goodreads Author. A film adaptation starring Amandla Sternberg is underway and is set for release later this year. 

 

Check out the full interview below!

 

 

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Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give

Twitter Honors ‘The Hate U Give’ Author With #AngieThomasAppreciationDay

Yesterday, Twitter honored The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas with the hashtag #AngieThomasAppreciationDay. The hashtag arose after Kian Lawley, an actor cast in the upcoming adaptation of Thomas’s New York Times bestselling novel, was filmed spewing racial slurs including the n-word. Fans of the actor, who was subsequently fired, began trolling Thomas and so  #AngieThomasAppreciationDay was born. 

 

The Hate U Give follows Starr, a teenage girl who witnesses the shooting of her unarmed best friend by a police officer. The book is inspired by the many incidents of police brutality against people of color in the United States, such as the deaths of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Sandra Bland, among many, many others. 

 

Many participants offered free copies of the book to a winner who retweeted their messages, while others expressed what Thomas’s work has meant to them and their communities. Take a look at some of the messages of love, support and gratitude below: 

 

 

 

 

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