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YALLOWEEN RETURNS! Costumes Inspired By YA + GIVEAWAY!

YA+October=YALLOWEEN! We’ve added more books to our prize pack! Cosplay a character from your favorite YA, win spooky good prizes. And best of all, this year’s guest judge is TARA SIM! Find out how to enter here…if you dare!

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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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10 Books That Redeem the Hell that is 2016 + Giveaway

Let’s be honest: 2016 has been a shit year.  Between losing all our heros and awfully world events, there was no shortage of suffering.   Thankfully, we had books to insulate is from the pain and to dry up all our tears.  So without further ado, we give you our Top 10 Books of 2016 after the jump.

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One To Watch Books: Your Guide To November YA Releases

November brings a bounty of YA books for you to feast on. Let’s give thanks and get to reading!

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First Reads Friday: Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim

“Two o’clock was missing.”  Timekeeper by Tara Sim starts at what should be 2 pm, but the hour is literally gone. Vanished for the face of the clock. From the first line we know we’ve entered a world where time doesn’t necessarily play by the rules. Welcome to the world of Timekeeper, an alternate Victorian London where you can fall in love with time itself.

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Booth by booth ALA Annual Conference Recap 

Contrary to what you might think, ALA was our first bookish convention of any kind.  We spent the first hour looking around like this:

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Thankfully, we acclimated and were able calmly, coolly enjoy ourselves.  A booth by booth recap after the jump. Continue reading “Booth by booth ALA Annual Conference Recap “

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