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“A room without a book is like a room without a soul.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What have I been doing with my life?

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High School Reading List

Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drown by Junot Diaz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

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(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle School lists)

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I’ve featured quite a few of these books for Fiction Week, and I know that many educators would be interested in a list like this. Thanks for making it.

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Books & Cupcakes June Book Photo Challenge

Day Twenty One: Library/Bookstore

The King’s English. It’s the best little independent bookstore in Salt Lake City. It’s the reason I get the chance to meet so many incredible authors.

It used to be an old house. There are tiny rooms stashed with books, tons of little nooks and corners and the friendliest staff. The roses in front of their newsletter? They were trimming a rose bush outside and put them in the vase while I was there.

One of my favorite spots in the store is the Mystery room. It’s where the authors sign. It just always looks so cozy and inviting. <3

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I want a movie about greek gods where hades isn’t the antagonist

By all accounts the antagonist in every Greek Gods movie should be Zeus’s dick. Nothing else causes as much murder and mayhem.

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Friday’s table read! “Tina Tailor Soldier Spy”


Oh Christ, It’s This Asshole Again

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This mother that I saw, her daughter was about seven, reading The Mighty Miss Malone. … The book has a beautiful cover with a little black girl on it. And her daughter is reading it, and I could see she was totally into it, like in the second chapter already. And I was just about to go over to her and say, ‘That’s a great book,’ when her mother came over and took it from her hands and put it back, and said, ‘No honey, that book is not for you.’ And I’ve seen that happen over and over again. And you have to wonder at the message the kids are taking away from that. The by who can’t read a princess or fairy book. The girl who can’t read a pirate book. What are the messages you’re telling? It’s not just race, it’s gender, it’s sexuality, it’s religion.
 Ellen Oh on encouraging all children to read diversely. Hear the full interview here! (via firstdraftwithsarahenni)

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Thorin’s motivations in The Hobbit movie: deep, meaningful destiny to reclaim ancestral homeland

Thorin’s motivations in The Hobbit book: 


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Happy Birthday, Harry!

Sewn on this day, 1980

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i thought i would stop after the first one but uh

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enough about sex positions has anyone discovered a reading position which doesn’t get uncomfortable after 5 minutes

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William Shakespeare’s Timon Athens performed by the Los Angeles Drama Club / Shakespeare in the City. These are mostly underprivileged kids from an underfunded and underserved who have been given an opportunity to break out of their hard situations.

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I was moved seeing these young children performing Shakespeare with such animation, enthusiasm, and skill.








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