For the love of YA

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I have been reading this post with disgust and disbelief. I thought it was important everybody was aware of the things happening, even now. I would expect this of Malta (this actually happens pretty regularly here) - but the US? It's shameful. Young Adult (YA) fiction were a big part of my adolescence. And I was not ...

Inspi(red)

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Don't you just LOVE the Penguin Classics RED editions? Penguin Classics has partnered with to bring you our selection of some of the best books ever written. We will be contributing 50% of the profits from the sales of editions to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Have a look at the ...

The Clothes On Their Backs

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I picked this up at a book sale. It was another one of those books whose cover and blurb attracted me. Clothes? Set in London? The story of a girl born to immigrant parents struggling to piece together her family's history? I had to read it. Vivien Kovaks, the protagonist, spent most of her childhood in ...

Paint it Black

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Since I graduated university I'm not reading nearly as many books as I used to. It's not that I don't enjoy reading; that's not it at all. I read English at University, which meant we had some 25 odd novels to study every year, as well as plays, poems and essays. I guess after that ...

Books need homes too

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One of my first and most vivid memories is of my parents saying "a book will always be your true and constant friend". I must have been about three, sitting in my father's lap and reading a book about butterflies, or about chocolate rain and the boy who ate it all; or about roger bear. ...