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The Art of Shelving

There is nothing more satisfying that scrolling through instagram and coming across an aesthetically pleasing shelfie. But putting together an artfully arranged bookshelf isn’t such an easy task. I still have work to do to be happy with my shelves, but here are some tips and tricks for mastering various versions of the shelf-selfie: (more…)

Graphic Novels. Yay or Nay?

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I’m not always that adventurous when it comes to my book choices. I’m a fiction junkie, maybe with one or two non-fiction per year. But for 2020 I really wanted to shake it up. So in a recent order on my favourite website I filled my cart with a good mix!

I have a degree in art history. And seven years out of university I was excited to find some great art non-fictions. As I was browsing I added “Becoming Andy Warhol” to my cart without much thought and moved on. This past weekend I grabbed it off the shelf and took my coffee outside to settle in and learn something new. But when I opened the book, I discovered it was a graphic novel!

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YA books by black authors you need to read now

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It’s not enough to be a good person, think good thoughts, or post a black square on Instagram on #blackouttuesday. You, me, we, have all benefited from a system built for us, and against the black community. It’s not okay to sit silent. It’s not okay to remain uneducated. It’s time to join a conversation, question yourself, take action.

Growing up white is a privilege. But growing up uneducated is unacceptable. It may not be easy to understand a community that you aren’t a part of, but that is no longer an excuse. It could be as simple as changing what you’re planning to read next and immersing yourself in a new story, a new world, a new community.

Take a look at these 4 YA novels from black authors that you need to read now, all read and approved with five stars:

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