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Our Bookish Lives

Teen Voices: Lily, by Michael Thomas Ford

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Lily by Michael Thomas Ford is not branded specifically as a horror story, and for good reason. Despite the haunting illustrations and the entire premise of the novel (Lily, the titular character, sees how people will die when she touches them), Lily is not exclusively fear-based.  To be sure, it is rather dark, with constant threat of death and a rather creepy religion.  Above all else, though, it’s a story of loss and love, and how to pick yourself back up after the world has turned its back on you.  It’s funny, whole-hearted, and surprisingly self-aware. That’s not to discount...

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5 books by cat people

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Hi hi hi! Spencer the junior staff cat  here. I like cat people, and I like books by cat people. Here are some books by pawsome cat people. Click on the titles; I included links in them to make it easier for you. I liked The Tourist Trail by John Yunker. The author is a confirmed cat man. It's set in Patagonia. There's a biologist at a penguin research center in a remote part of the world. When a strange man washes ashore and refuses to tell the biologist anything, she falls in love with him anyway. New, $13.99 Forgetting English...

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Stan Lee recommends

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Meow meow! Stan Lee the senior ranking staff cat here to recommend some books for you. I’m very smart and very good at what I do, so you need to buy one of these books pronto. The human liked The Second Mango, by Shira Glassman. There’s a Jewish princess with food allergies trying to find her missing girlfriend. Also, you learn how to say stuff like dirty pig in Yiddish from the book, which the human thought was really cool. (She was using that a lot for awhile. She also started calling me a handsome mensch, which is also a...

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5 books set in other countries

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

It started with a comment in a Goodreads group for historical fiction I’m in. Join this new group; somebody wrote. We’re going to be reading books set in other countries. The guy who started the group wanted to read books set in other countries because he wanted to travel a lot and experience other cultures, but couldn’t. Reading books set in other countries was the next best thing. I joined, and it started a slight obsession with me. Here are some the books set in other cultures.  1. I really liked The Green and the Red, by Armand Chauvel. It’s...

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Our favourite LGBT books

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It's been really cool seeing all the diversity in LGBT+ books, especially in YA. Here are some of my favourites. The thing I liked best about Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush was the sheer diversity of sexualities and genders in the book. Banjo, the main character, got pregnant by Gray, another teen who happens to identify as gender queer.  After Gray commits suicide, Banjo goes to a mental hospital, where she meets another teen who eventually comes out trans and a gay teen boy. New, $10.99 The Second Mango by Shira Glassman is one of my favourite books of...

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