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  • 10 of the Best Nonfiction Comics on Hoopla

    If you are blessed with a library with a Hoopla subscription, you really have no excuse to not try out comics. Here are just a few of my favorite, must-read nonfiction comics on Hoopla. They cover gender, mental illness, racism, family histories, war, and so many more important topics about …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Ashley Holstrom
  • The Life Cycle of a Library Book

    It’s not unusual for the sight of library books in a dumpster to throw the public into a tizzy. The reality is, however, that this is part of the natural life cycle of a library book. Whether the book is beyond repair or simply outdated, the dumpster is often—though not …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Abby Hargreaves
  • How Trauma Bonds Drive the BROKEN EARTH Trilogy

    (Note: this essay contains spoilers for the Broken Earth trilogy and details of physical, medical, and emotional abuse of children in fiction.) N. K. Jemisin’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning Broken Earth series is one of my favorite works of fantasy. It’s a cohesive, diverse, fully developed world, with its own races, …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Grace Lapointe
  • 50 Famous Book Titles Taken From Literature

    What’s one thing that immediately marks out a literary novel as ‘literary’?  Having a title which declares I’m taken from a famous work of literature, of course. Shakespeare and the Bible are, unsurprisingly, the greatest works of titular inspiration, but here are 50 famous book titles whose authors drew on a …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Namera Tanjeem
  • The History and Current Decline of Abridged Audiobooks

    Let’s start with defining the difference between unabridged and abridged audiobooks. Simply put, an abridged audiobook is a shortened version of the full text. If done right, the themes, tones, and mood should all line up with the original text. Conversely, unabridged audiobooks consist of the full literary text, kept …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Christine Ro
  • 25 Must-Read 2019 YA and Middle Grade Books With Asians on the Cover

    When I sat down to make this list last year, I focused on East Asian representation on book covers because, well, I’m Korean-American and I was desperate to find myself on a cover. This year, I am including everyone who falls under the “umbrella” of being Asian because  everyone deserves …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Kate Krug
  • 7 Tips for Finishing Very Long Books

    We’ve seen them sitting pretty on bookshelves. A Game of Thrones. The Stand. Les Misérables. We’ve all thought, I’ll get to it someday…but it’s a very long book. Well, that someday is today (or whenever you’re ready). I think the most intimidating part of reading a long book is …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Neha Patel
  • What are the Elements That Make a Bestseller?

    Many of us have read bestseller books. But who or what decides what counts as one? Mainly, what are the elements that make a bestseller? Of course, we know there isn’t a magic formula, but there has to be a set of elements that, put together, contribute to making a …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Laura Melgão
  • Exclusive Excerpt: SALTY, BITTER, SWEET By Mayra Cuevas

    Check out an excerpt from Mayra Cuevas’ Salty, Bitter, Sweet, a YA #ownvoices novel about complicated family dynamics, friendship, acceptance, and learning to care for yourself. A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to becoming a top chef for 17-year-old Isabella Fields than just not getting chopped …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Community
  • Book Fetish: Volume 379

    This week’s Book Fetish is sponsored by The Girl Who Drank the Moon Gift Edition by Kelly Barnhill, new from Algonquin Young Readers. This gift edition of the Newbery Medal-winning novel includes: A prequel story set in the world of the novel; New chapter opening illustrations; Full color endpaper maps. A …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Tirzah Price

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