Two Brand New Picture Books About Mental Health

Did you ever wake up to a bad day? Your snooze alarm screams that you are late, and you can’t figure out what to wear. Your food is bland and everyone around you is grumpy. It’s raining, school is boring, and it feels like the world is just closing in on you. How do you beat the funk? Or imagine waking up content in your bed every day, never wanting to leave. Safe and warm, you love your humble abode filled with good books and solitary activities. Although your friends have great parties and ice-skating adventures planned, you might catch the flu. Your hot chocolate might be too hot. These anxiety-prevalent and down and out scenarios greet readers in two new picture books about mental health, Rosie’s Glasses and Hector’s Favorite Place. Both titles address mental health and how to overcome scary and sad obstacles through courage and by approaching…

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4 Ridiculously Amazing Indie Books You Might Have Missed This Year

One of my favorite aspects of book blogging is shedding light on new and more invisible authors. While professional reviewing databases like NetGalley offer advanced reading copies for bestselling authors like Jodi Picoult, many of the indie authors are left in the dark. Although I am admittedly sometimes hesitant to review a self-published or indie title—I have had some real doozies—indie books have been by far some of my all-time favorite reads. From a romance bringing awareness about Alzheimer’s disease to philosophical science fiction thrillers and books for art history buffs, these are my four favorite indie books of 2018: 4 Indie Books and Authors You Might Have Missed This Year A Long Goodbye by Anthony Le Moignan Imagine receiving a solicited book in the mail covered in custom stamps with a personalized note. Across the pond in the UK, Anthony and his publicist sent A Long Goodbye with dreams…

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Get Your Witch On! 10 Wickedly Witchy Books

Are you looking for witchy books this season? From witches grounded in a deep Wiccan past to whimsical beasties with powers, witches take on many roles in modern day literature. I always wondered what was borderline cultural appropriation as soon as authors bring in the Wiccan religion. I’d love to know your thoughts. Then, we watch steamy episodes of HBO’s True Blood with a different type of perverted witchy cult juxtaposed with naïve and endearing teenage witch coming of age stories.  Plus, have you started the Chilling Adventures of New Sabrina yet? Below are titles—all of which I have read and recommend—for adults and teens looking for books about witches. In some of these titles, witches are upfront and center, Hocus Pocus style.  In others, these powerful cacklers play minor but necessary background roles. Here are TUL’s top 10 wickedly witchy books to get you in the wickedly witchy spirit any time…

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Seriously Spooky Books For Adults

Stinky farting unicorns, zombie teenagers, true-life crime mysteries, murderous obsessions, and folktales gone grim. From graphic novels to teen fantasy and adult nonfiction, these are just a few of the themes that await the daring and brave reader from this uncorked and terrifying ‘Seriously Spooky Books For Adults‘ book list. Some of my favorite bloggers, bookstagrammers, and new authors have come together to create 11 of their top recommendations filled with spooky books for adults and teens. I dare you to read one of these titles late at night, alone in the house with lights dimmed, and not be terrified out of your mind. Heck, I need a glass of wine just thinking about the horror and suspense. This eclectic Halloween and fall book list, perfect for any time of year, will have something for every type of reader. 11 Seriously Spooky Books For Adults 1. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter…

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Top Beach Reads: Chill Out With A Good Book This Summer

Most days living in Florida I feel like I am melting.  The windows steam up each morning and the parched lizards start moving slower.  The scorching heat makes beach visits daunting, and even sitting by the pool is a challenge.  This frying an egg–aka me–on the pavement scenario is problematic.  My favorite past time involves a book, cool drink, and The Uncorked Librarian in a lounge chair. How do you make these hot days bearable?  Book to beach is like wine to Christine.  There is, of course, only one solution: more alcohol!  Well, frothier drinks at least and maybe more engaging books.  In fact, what if the book gave you the chills?  I’m talking shivers like when you watch Riverdale (Season 2) before bed.  Or even better, what if you read about ice skating and the winter while roasting outside?  Or how about getting your head sawed off and cryogenically frozen? …

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LGBTQ Books For Teens

June is Pride Month (but so is every month, really), and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than sharing some of my favorite LGBTQ Books For Teens. P.S. I have personally read all of the books on this list and would rate them between three and half and five corks–oops, I mean stars. A Brief Overview of Pride June is the official month for Pride. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Tired of being harassed and discriminated against, community members decided to riot and speak up for equal rights. This uprising, known as the Stonewall Riots, led to the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, as a designated National Monument, the Stonewall Inn represents a catalyst for gay rights and the LGBT movement. There are numerous alliances, coalitions, and parades held across the world. You can…

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