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4 Banned LGBTQ+ Books to Read During Pride Month

4 Banned LGBTQ+ Books to Read During Pride Month

Book banning has seen a sharp rise across the United States, and many of the titles targeted depict LGBTQ+ people and their experiences. Books banned during the 2023-2024 school year reached a record high, with over 4,000 instances of banning in the first half alone, more than in the whole previous year. Many of the works that are regularly challenged or banned have the potential to empower young people of marginalized identities; to cause readers to question or challenge norms around gender, sexuality, and racial inequality; and to add underrepresented aspects of experience, history, and creative expression to the larger reading culture.

Bookstores, publications, and organizations have responded to book bans by attempting to make banned and challenged material more visible and widely available. This Pride month, we bring you a list of books by queer and transgender authors that have been banned and challenged by schools or libraries in recent years. While these books are all at least somewhat geared toward young people, they hold appeal for a wide-ranging audience of adolescents and adults, regardless of gender or sexuality.

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19th Century Historical Fiction: 14 Books Set in the 1800s

19th Century Historical Fiction: 14 Books Set in the 1800s

The 19th century is one of the most intriguing eras portrayed in today’s historical fiction. Close enough to feel relatable but all the more transportative for being out of reach, well-documented enough to be thoroughly researched but with sufficient unknowns to be open to interpretation, it includes significant events whose effects still linger, and complex social atmospheres that exist outside of our own experience. Below is a list that showcases a variety of excellent 19th-century historical novels published in recent years. A couple feature early Chinese American narratives. Some both adhere to and subvert conventions of the popular Western genre. Several are written from a Black American perspective, covering both slavery and Reconstruction. Other books take place outside of the United States, in settings such as Scotland, England and Norway. 

We hope you enjoy these titles, which all come highly recommended from our reviewers. And if you’re on the hunt for more 1800s books, be sure to check out our full category of 300+ recommended titles set in the 19th century, which includes both fiction and nonfiction and is continually growing. BookBrowse members can access all filters and categories, while non-members have limited access.

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Get Paid to Read: Four Strategies You Can Pursue

Get Paid to Read

There are many websites that claim to pay people to read, and there are many that do.  However it's important to understand what you're trying to accomplish when starting your journey to becoming a paid book reviewer or reader.

Are you trying to become a better writer? Do you want to be able to read books for free? Do you care which books they are?  Do you want to write shorter, blurb-style book reviews, or longer form criticism?  

Depending on what your goals are, there are four different strategies you can consider pursuing that fall under the umbrella of "getting paid to read."

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14 Books by AAPI Authors to Read in 2024

14 Books by AAPI Authors to Read in 2024

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage month, when we recognize the cultural presence and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians. Below is a list of some exciting recent hardcover releases, along with recent and upcoming paperback releases, by writers of these identities.

AAPI month gives us a chance to both celebrate authors under this umbrella and to reflect on obstacles and limitations that still exist. While overall AAPI literary representation has risen over past decades, the full spectrum of that acronym (which sometimes is understood to include Middle Eastern Asian heritage, in addition to East, Southeast and South Asian ethnicities) remains less realized, both in terms of the need for more Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian inclusion as well as the need for increased nuance and diversity in AAPI literature as a whole, such as more LGBTQ+ books, more non-traditional narratives and more writing from non-East Asian AAPI authors. To that end, we aim with this list to bring you titles by people from a variety of backgrounds, as well as a range of genres, stories and subject matter. Enjoy!

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Beyond the Book: 7 Articles on Nature and the Environment

BookBrowse Nature and Environment Beyond the Book Articles

This spring, as you step out to your local weekend farmers market, closest beach or favorite hiking trail, you may want to take a moment to reflect on the living world around you. At BookBrowse, our Nature and the Environment category of Beyond the Book articles covers the ways humans are intimately tied to and dependent upon the plants and animals we share the planet with, the responsibility we have towards them in turn, and additional topics involving environmental politics, biodiversity, natural wonders and much more. Below is a small sampling of freely available articles for you to enjoy.

Every "beyond the book" article we write accompanies a book we review and focuses on a cultural, historical or contextual topic related to that book. These pieces are a great way to discover new titles and learn about all kinds of subjects! BookBrowse members get full access to thousands of Beyond the Book articles across nine categories, including Nature and the Environment.

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The Pulitzer Prize: a Brief History and Overview

The Pulitzer Prize: a Brief History and Overview

The Pulitzer Prize (pronounced PULL-it-sir) is awarded annually for outstanding public service and achievement in American journalism, literature, and music. Presented each year since 1917, it’s considered the country’s most prestigious award in these fields.

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