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Dear Rachel Maddow Blog Tour

It is Pride Month and the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that a bakery that didn’t want to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple should have been given further due process under state law rather than just ruling that discriminating against gay couples is against the Constitution. A senator was subsequently kicked out of a refugee facility, but not before his staff noticed that children forcibly separated from their parents were being kept in cages. The Secretary of Education has quietly removed 72 protections for disabled children in public schools. Everywhere you look these days, there is a new reason for outrage and we must all develop coping mechanisms or we will most certainly go mad. That’s where Dear Rachel Maddow comes into play.

Many of us are suffering the psychological and legislative trauma of this administration. I fear that some of us may not make it out and constantly have anxiety that we won’t show up to the polls in November. Taking action may not be the only step to take–sometimes you need an outlet, a motivation to kick your butt in gear. This book may just be what times who feel hopeless are looking for. I am going to write you a letter and tell you why.

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Picture Us In The Light Blog Tour + Giveaway

At its core, Picture U In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert is Danny’s story. From the story of his parent’s immigration to the US, to their sacrifices to live the American Dream, secrets, school, friendship, love, we see the quiet evolution of Danny’s life and everything that lead to it. Because Danny’s story is so heartfelt, we made Danny, and specifically his gift of art, the centerpiece of today’s Blog Tour stop. Let’s find out a little more about this must-read book and we’ll show you what we created for Danny.

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First Reads Friday Presents Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

I’m not going to make this a long introduction because I have already done it once and you should check out that post anyway because I’m really proud of it–inspired by the adorable cover, I matched up the five main characters with their matching enamel pins. After the jump, I review Undead Girl Gang for you and give you all the reasons you should check this book out when it releases May 8th!

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White Rabbit Blog Tour

Imagine combining the slasher qualities of 90’s movies like Scream seamlessly with the warm haziness of unrequited love from an 80’s John Hughes flick and a road trip so surreal it would give Hunter S. Thompson a run for his money.  This is the magic of White Rabbit. Caleb Roehrig’s second YA book is another foray into mystery, but that’s where the comparisons ends with this sophomore book. Mischievous, sarcastic and a totally wild ride, find out all the reasons you should be picking up White Rabbit when it releases next month.

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Black History Month: Book Recommendations from Rebecca Barrow

It’s February 28th and it’s the FINAL DAY of our Black History Month series of diverse author book recommendations that inspired their work!  I’m already thinking of expanding this series next year and making it a year-long series since Black Excellence shouldn’t be marginalized to 28 days. I have loved all the authors and been inspired by their recommendations, which is why today is definitely bittersweet.
Today we welcome Rebecca Barrow, author of 2017’s You Don’t Know Me But I Know You and the upcoming This Is What It Feels Like (her cover reveal appeared on Pop! Goes the Reader earlier this month!).  A book about adoption, pregnancy, choice, love and family, YDKMBIKY is a contemporary YA that breaks down tropes and explores these themes lovingly and with achingly beautiful prose. Find out what books inspired this poignant YA contemporary.

Black History Month: Book Recommendations from Tiffany D. Jackson

Happy Tiffany D. Jackson Day!  We’re celebrating Tiffany and her books in two different ways on the blog and in person today.

Most importantly, it’s Book Club Day–the best day of the month!  Tonight, we will be discussing Tiffany D. Jackson’s 2017 novel, Allegedly, in person at our Tampa Book Club with some of our favorites. Allegedly is a study in unreliable narrators and one of my favorite books of 2017. I highly recommend you pick it up. It will leave you reeling for days after you finish it.

We are also celebrating Tiffany on the blog. Today she is giving us her book recommendations for Black History Month. In addition, we’re going to delve into her upcoming novel, Monday’s Not Coming. This book sounds like a full-blown mystery and if Allegedly is any indicator, we are in for a heck of a ride! Let’s hop on over to find out more about Monday and Tiffany’s Black History Month book recommendations!

 

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