Celebrate Pride Month: Every Day by David Levithan

A Book Review Of Every Day By David Levithan Imagine going to bed as a 34-year-old Sicilian-American book blogger, wine enthusiast, and yogi extraordinaire and waking up as a Jonas Brother.  Or, imagine going to bed as a Hillary-loving, tree-hugging, Me Too Movement, carrot-crunching activist who majored in history and understands the Holocaust and waking up as Donald Trump.  Add in some romance, and you pretty much have Every Day by David Levithan.  Well, this comparison is actually a tad shallow.  David Levithan is on a mission to explore humanity at its core whereas I am just thinking up nightmare scenarios. Levithan’s Every Day is the perfect adult and teen read in honor of Pride month. Don’t forget the recent February arrival of Every Day to the big screen, which I still need to see. After my last post on Great LGBT Books for Teens, I had to review another Levithan title.  As Anthony Bourdain was…

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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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How Not To Write A Book About Race: A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse

A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse by Susan Sage When offered a free copy for review by both the publisher and independently from the author, A Mentor and Her Muse had a deceptively enticing story. Marketed as a psychological thriller with racial and sexual tensions juxtaposed with the art of writing, I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, not only did the title fall short in interest, but I also found myself sick to my stomach with the poor discussion and depictions of race. Over and over again, I questioned the stereotypes and information provided.  I had not seen many other reviewers bring up issues with the portrayal of black characters in the book—although I saw plenty of less than stellar reviews–so I kept giving A Mentor and Her Muse a chance. Towards the end, a paragraph reinforced that this book has made fatal, tragic flaws. Why I continued…

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New Inspirational Book For Teen Girls: Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

I’m sorry. You are too fat to fly today. You need to purchase an extra seat, and unfortunately, there are no other seats available. Granted, you could not purchase this seat in advance and are at the mercy of the gate counter gods. Public humiliation times a million, anyone?! Plus, if you don’t get on, you have to explain to your job why you missed the most talked about fashion show this year. Then imagine getting on the plane, after begging your best friend for cash to buy a suddenly open seat, and having to hold a reserved sign next to you. People stop and ask for your second seat. To make matters worse, the flight oversells. Now one of your skinny, beautiful, and viciously mean classmates wants the seat you paid for.   The flight attendants decide you aren’t that fat, as onlookers sneer in disgust. What do you do?…

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Ten of the Best Books to Give Your Dad

Are you looking for a more meaningful gift for your dad?  Maybe for Father’s Day? Christmas? His Birthday? Why not present the man in your life with a book?  Below, check out the best books to give your dad on Father’s Day or anytime of the year. Why Give A Book As A Present? I look at gifts a lot like how I view giving baby gifts and cards. I would rather sign my name and send along a book than spend $5.00-$10.00 on a card that will ultimately land in the trash. The same goes for gifts, especially for babies. There are only so many pacifiers and newborn clothes that a child needs—and these offerings do not last a lifetime, unlike a book. Books hold meaning, are passed down for generations, and may be timelessly shared with others. Books rarely have a shelf life. No pun intended. Of course,…

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Pictures Paired With Storytelling: A Unique Sydney and Melbourne Travel Guide Book Review

Have you ever wondered how you could share your heartfelt travel stories and memories with the world? Put Instagram into a universal book? Or transform your journal into a travel guide, inspiring others to take their first steps out into the world? Husband and wife, K. MacKenzie Freeman and Doug Freeman, have done just this with their Sydney and Melbourne travel guide, Impressions of Sydney and Melbourne. As part of a series, this book navigates readers through Australia using both pictures and short stories. A Book Review of Impressions of Sydney and Melbourne by K. MacKenzie Freeman and Doug Freeman A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words If you recall the English Lit idiom, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” then you are already prepared for the Freemans’ memoirs. The idea behind this older phrase is that one picture tells a more complex story than a word-filled description. Playing on this…

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