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We stand with the students, families, and citizens of Walton County in denouncing the school district's ban and quiet removal of 58 titles from our school libraries.
It is through literature that we learn empathy, compassion, and acceptance. It is through literature that we learn the value of varying viewpoints. It is through literature that we learn that we are not alone.
It is through literature that we learn.

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health By Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763644840
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 8th, 2009

Recommended for ages 12+


Dreaming in Cuban By Cristina García Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345381439
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 10th, 1993

Recommended for ages 18+


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Recommended for ages 16+


Beloved (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 16+


Killing Mr. Griffin By Lois Duncan Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316425360
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Recommended for ages 14+


Two Boys Kissing By David Levithan Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307931917
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Published: Ember - May 12th, 2015

Recommended for ages 16+


This Day in June By Gayle E. Pitman, Kristyna Litten (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gayle E. Pitman, Kristyna Litten (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781433816581
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Published: Magination Press - May 5th, 2014

Recommended for ages 4+


This One Summer By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki Cover Image
By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

Recommended for ages 14+


The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062498540
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2022

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 16+


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book) By Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss (With), EG Keller (Gerald Kelley) (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452173801
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 18th, 2018

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 6+


Melissa (previously published as GEORGE) By Alex Gino Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338843415
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 19th, 2022

Recommended for ages 8+


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Recommended for ages 14+


Drama: A Graphic Novel By Raina Telgemeier, Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338801897
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 7th, 2021

Recommended for ages 10+


The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594631931
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 16+


Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU By Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth (Illustrator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781609806064
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Published: Triangle Square - July 28th, 2015

Recommended for ages 10+


And Tango Makes Three By Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689878459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005

Recommended for ages 4+


I Am Jazz By Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, Shelagh McNicholas (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741072
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Published: Dial Books - September 4th, 2014

Recommended for ages 4+


Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen By Jazz Jennings Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780399554674
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Published: Ember - June 27th, 2017

Recommended for ages 12+


Tricks By Ellen Hopkins Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781416950073
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 25th, 2009

Recommended for ages 16+


Almost Perfect By Brian Katcher Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385736657
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 9th, 2010

Recommended for ages 16+


Home at Last By Vera B. Williams, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Vera B. Williams (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Vera B. Williams, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Vera B. Williams (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061349737
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 13th, 2016

Recommended for ages 4+


The Truth About Alice: A Novel By Jennifer Mathieu Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250063021
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Published: Square Fish - June 2nd, 2015

Recommended for ages 16+


The Vincent Boys By Abbi Glines Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442485259
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 30th, 2012

Recommended for ages 16+


Nineteen Minutes By Jodi Picoult Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743496735
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - February 5th, 2008

Recommended for ages 16+


More Happy Than Not (Deluxe Edition) By Adam Silvera, Angie Thomas (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Adam Silvera, Angie Thomas (Introduction by)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781641291941
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Published: Soho Teen - September 8th, 2020

Recommended for ages 16+


The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island (Family Fletcher Series #2) By Dana Alison Levy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553521337
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - May 16th, 2017

Recommended for ages 8+


Everywhere Babies Board Book By Susan Meyers, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susan Meyers, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152053154
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - September 1st, 2004

Recommended for ages 2+


The Purim Superhero By Elisabeth Kushner, Mike Byrne (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elisabeth Kushner, Mike Byrne (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780761390626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kar-Ben Publishing (R) - January 1st, 2013

Recommended for ages 6+


Two Dads: A book about adoption By Carolyn Robertson, Humphreys Sophie (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780993115301
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sparklypoo Publications - November 9th, 2014

Recommended for ages 4+


The Family Book By Todd Parr Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316070409
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2010

Recommended for ages 4+


Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close: A Novel By Jonathan Safran Foer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780618711659
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 4th, 2006

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 16+


Worm Loves Worm By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2016

Recommended for ages 4+


Mommy, Mama, and Me By Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781582462639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tricycle Press - June 9th, 2009

Recommended for ages 4+


Outlander: A Novel By Diana Gabaldon Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385319959
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delta - August 10th, 1998

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 18+


A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575583
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 16+


Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) By Tahereh Mafi Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062085542
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Published: HarperCollins - December 31st, 2013

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 16+


Normal People: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984822185
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

Recommended for ages 16+


The God of Small Things: A Novel By Arundhati Roy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812979657
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008

Staff favorite! Recommended for ages 18+


Fates and Furies: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Recommended for ages 18+


Celebrate Your Body 2: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Preteen and Teen Girls By Carrie Leff, Lisa Klein Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781641525756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rockridge Press - November 19th, 2019

Recommended for ages 12+


S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties By Heather Corinna Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780738218847
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - July 12th, 2016

Recommended for ages 16+


Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up By Heather Corinna, Luke Howard (With), Isabella Rotman Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781620106594
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Limerence Press - September 3rd, 2019

Recommended for ages 10+


This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781728254326
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 7th, 2021

Recommended for ages 14+


Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You By Kathryn Gonzales, Karen Rayne, Anne Passchier (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433829833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Magination Press - August 27th, 2019

Recommended for ages 16+


Doing It By Hannah Witton Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492665021
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - July 3rd, 2018

Recommended for ages 16+


Sex Plus: Learning, Loving, and Enjoying Your Body By Laci Green Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9780062560971
Published: HarperCollins - September 25th, 2018

Recommended for ages 16+


Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood #1) By Charlaine Harris Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780441008537
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Published: Ace - May 1st, 2001

Recommended for ages 18+


The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity By Rylan Jay Testa, Deborah Coolhart, Jayme Peta Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781626252974
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Instant Help Publications - December 1st, 2015

Recommended for ages 12+


How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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