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Madapple by Christina Meldrum

'Riverdale' Read-Alikes

Young Adult Novels for Fans of the Hit TV Show

From origins in comic books to a television show and back to the printed word, everything comes full circle in this list of "Riverdale" read-alikes. Inspired by characters from the Archie Comics universe, the CW’s "Riverdale" has a strong fan following. Its grim, nostalgic style reflects common themes in both young adult and adult fiction.

the doubtful guest

Gothic Fiction for the Whole Family (Part 1: Children)

A celebration of old-world-style scares

It's never too early to introduce your child to Gothic and Modern Gothic literature (or to develop a taste for it yourself). This glorious genre explores negativity in a manageable package. With supernatural elements and an exploration of feelings like unhappiness and loneliness, both Gothic and Modern Gothic literature provide a unique opportunity for readers to explore and discuss some of the more challenging and gruesome aspects of life, and to find ways to cope with scary and negative feelings in their day-to-day lives.

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Afrofuturism: Part I

Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Anthologies

October is Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Month.  For those who want to get hip, there are two seminal, must-read books: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture and John Edwards Jennings’ Black Comix: African-American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture.

Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #24: Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

Sanctuary of Wings cover

Read Feed: Summer Serial Reads

Exciting discoveries. Power plays. Wondering who is trustworthy. Fantastic and alternate worlds. Over the summer, I read the latest installment from a few series that I've been following. Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

Cover for the book The Giver

Why So Series-ous?

Stories so long they need to be split up

Some stories are long. Real long. But often times, authors take pity on us and break the stories up in to chunks. And that's how a series is born. Here are some of my favorite series for kids.  The first book of the series is discussed along with other series like it.The Giver By Lois Lowry

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #20: Read an LGBTQ+ Romance Novel

2017 is here and a new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers. This read feed will address the twentieth challenge, to read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. LBGTQ+ romance is a genre that is growing.

The Haters

Road Trip!

Young adult novels about hitting the road

Road trips are part of the American mythos - think Steinbeck hitting the road with just his dog, or the Kerouac searching for something more. But they're not only for pretentious dudes! Here are some great teen novel about traveling by car, whether for joyful summer fun, for an undesired move, or to save the world.   The Haters by Jesse Andrews

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Historical or Nostalgic Fiction?

Recent Fiction set in 1980s and 1990s

Historical fiction is often defined as a novel that takes place in the past. But in 2017, can a novel set in 1996 or even 2000 be considered historical? Rather: if the writer and/or reader vividly remembers a time only 15-20 years in the past, reliving that past veers into nostalgia rather than history. Then again, what if the novel is for a YA crowd who never experienced the 80s or 90s? When does it become historical? These novels all take place between 1980 and 2001 and were written by authors looking back.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang cover

Challenged Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #19: Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey

2017 is here and a new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot's Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers. This read feed will address the nineteenth challenge, to read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.

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