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September 2017

Leigh Bardugo’s Midnight Tales Tour Comes To Tampa Wednesday, Sept 27th

“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.” Leigh Bardugo brings us back to the Grishaverse with a new collection of Grisha folklore and a tour. The Book! The Event! The Author! We’ve got everything you need to know when Leigh Bardugo and the Midnight Tales Tour come to Tampa, FL. It took some dangerous magic but it’s happening at Inkwood Books, Wednesday, September 27th…..and WE GET TO MODERATE!!!

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Spinning Blog Tour & Author Interview

Welcome to the last stop on the SPINNING Blog Tour!  We are thrilled to host multi-talented author Tillie Walden on the blog today.  She has promised five questions, but we somehow got her to answer six!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you haven’t yet picked up Spinning (what are you waiting for? This striking graphic novel released on September 12th!), it’s Tillie’s autobiographical account of her youth spent training and competing in figure skating.  After moving to Texas, Tillie begins to lose interest in the sport, to question the stifling world of figure skating, its rules and expectations of her as a deeply closeted lesbian. In the midst of this internal transformation, she also meets a girl, it doesn’t work out and she decides to come out to those around her to rather mixed reviews.  Told in tiny, languid snippets of Tillie’s life, this gorgeously and starkly illustrated graphic novel is highly recommended for fans character driven graphic novels.

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Warcross Blog Tour + Giveaway

We are SO excited to be part of the WARCROSS blog tour today and to bring you a Playlist inspired by this incredible book. We created our dream team last month, so be sure to check out which fictional characters and bloggers we’d have on our team. This book was such an ride.  I wish I could live inside the game of Warcross and discover more about this incredible game!  Also, if you haven’t had a chance to visit the website for this book, you absolutely should. It is a wonder to behold.

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First Reads Friday Presents: MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu, Author Interview + Review

MOXIE is more than just a book, it’s a call to action! We talk all things Riot Grrl, music and our misspent youth with author Jennifer Mathieu.

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares Blog Tour & Giveaway

One of the things on my semi-definitive list is a direct hit from a Category 5 hurricane.  I’m not sure Jonah could, or would really want to, walk me through this fear, but I’d love for someone to remove the fear of drowning and losing everyone and everything I love in one fell swoop. The anticipation might be worse than the actual event in my case, which makes me feel so very lucky, but, still, we wait and wait and wait some more.  Today, I am here to give you my favorite quotes from this adorable book, of my Semi-Definitive List of Favorite Quotes.

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#ReadABookDay Reading List

It’s not coincidence that #ReadABook Day falls this month.  UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared September National Literacy Month and, with it, come many days dedicated to the promotion of reading. In addition to today, September 8th marks International Literacy Day.  The theme for the  conference, held in France this year, is “Literacy in the Digital World.”   The goal is to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

While researching for this article, I was surprised to learn that over 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills.  The statistic is that one in five adults are illiterate and two-thirds of those are women.  To bring awareness to this issue and to advocate for reading and literacy, UNESCO began National Literacy Month in 1946.

Today, I created a book recommendations list of YA books including characters that struggle to read or are illiterate and tell you about some organizations that you can support in the fight against illiteracy.

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