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The four agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom

A penny for your thoughts!?

Here's a list of books that challenge us to think twice about our thinking. Distractions and unhealthy messages abound so much so, its easy to engage in self-deprecating thought patterns.These books challenge us to find our grounding and to be present with our thoughts as we engage with life. Adult titles: 

Cover of the book The Complete Book of Coffee

All about Coffee

Books on coffee beans, the coffee trade, and the glories of the marvelous brew

Ah… coffee. A cuppa, Java, liquid lightning… It gets us on our feet in the morning, it’s our afternoon treat, or it’s our all-day fuel and provider of comfort. In the DMV, two-thirds of us drink at least one cup of coffee every day, and the area is home to some excellent coffee shops (and plenty of Starbucks locations too). But how much do you really know about coffee? How are the beans harvested and processed? What are the particulars of the global trade in coffee? What role has the coffeehouse played over time? What are the medical benefits (and hazards) of coffee?

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Trouble in the Middle

Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Middle Readers

For a taste of some of the best middle grade reads of the past year try one of the books listed below. Each book focuses on issues surrounding tweens and adolescents, including growing independence, friendship and advocacy. Perfectly paced and timely these novels will capture the most casual readers of the realistic fiction, of all ages. Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Books by Jason Reynolds

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

One and Done

Famous authors and the lone novels they published in their lifetimes

This list collects a handful of novels that are the only books published by authors in their lifetimes. More specifically, it focuses on bigger name authors, many of whom also wrote short stories, essays and/or poetry, but whom I was surprised to find only published one novel. 

Still I Rise

Graphic Novels For Black History Month

Black History Month provides endless opportunities to fine tune your reading, focus on certain aspects of the world or culture, and grow as a reader. Take it a step further by diving into these eight graphic novels that are ideal reading for Black History Month or anyone interested anytime in black history, black stories, or black storytellers. 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Bite-Size Classics

Classics with 200 pages or fewer

There are many classics that we are often told we must read in order to be considered “well-read” but it can be difficult to fit them all into our reading life. However, there are many that are much shorter than we may realize and can be read relatively quickly. Here are a few of those classics that come in at around 200 pages or fewer that can be crossed off our to-be-read lists much sooner than others.

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Mistress of the Revolution

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"

Modern Historical Fiction set in the French Revolution

The trials and challenges of life become even more difficult if you are living in a turbulent time, for example during the French Revolution. If you are interested in imagining life during the French Revolution, check out these modern adult and YA novels, all of which are set during the French Revolution, but which approach this significant historical event in a variety of ways. 

It Takes Two

Reality TV Tell-Alls

Every time a celebrity releases a new memoir the internet is filled with news articles about the revelations they make within the pages: affairs, addictions, abuse, anything you can thing of. These memoirs get gobbled up, and if you've been a long-time fan of that individual or the reality TV show they hail from, you're destined to learn a lot from these memoirs. They don't call them "tell-alls" for nothing. Whether you prefer the Bachelor, the Real Housewives, the Home and Garden Television Network, or some combination of the above, we've got it all. 

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Hot Reads for a Cold Night

Sizzling books on romance

Romance is an experience that many can say they have encountered a time or two in their life. Let’s face it, as much as you may not want to admit it we all need a little love to shine in our lives and just in time for Valentine’s Day and as the temperature continues to drop, take the time to curl up with one of these steamy novels!  

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