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The #MeToo Bookshelf: A Range of Books Dealing with Sexual Assault

In the spirit of #MeToo movement, allowing survivors space to tell their stories and be believed is more important than ever. A space to find comfort or to try and understand sexual assault in all its forms can be books. These 20 books show that no two survivors are the same. Comprised of books with female, male, trans and non-binary main characters who have survived various instances of child sexual abuse, molestation, sexual assault and rape, these powerful and poignant books are empowering, heart-wrenching and important all at once. These books also represent a variety of genres from the beautiful fantasy novel DAMSEL by Elana K. Arnold, the powerful collection THINGS WE HAVEN'T SAID: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out, edited by Erin Moutlon and Bryson McCrone and the graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's groundbreaking novel SPEAK, with illustrations by Emily Carroll. Read these books to heal, to feel heart or to listen. 

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Shatter the Stigma with these Mental Health Reads

Anxiety, depression, trauma and schizophrenia. Mental illness can be a tricky topic to tackle and talk about, which is why stories that shed light on them are so important. Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day on October 11 (and all year round) with these 2018 releases that tackle a wide range of mental health issues including paranoid schizophrenia in WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY by Nancy Richardson Fischer, clinical depression in DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY by Adib Khorram and bipolar disorder in BEFORE I LET GO by Marieke Nijkamp. Also be sure to check out the collection of nonfiction essays about mental health by various young adult authors in LIFE INSIDE MY MIND: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Happy reading, and be sure to keep the conversation going to continue lessening the stigma around mental illness, both inside and out of YA lit!

--- Curated by editorial intern Taylor Tracy.

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Royal Wedding Bookshelf

Those royal wedding bells are ringing --- can you hear them? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are tying the knot this weekend, and this real-life fairytale has us at Teenreads swooning, weak-kneed and ready for more royal romance!

With the royal wedding coming up, Teenreads interns Dana, Cat and Jessica put together a wonderful list of exciting, intriguing and downright swoon-worthy reads to satisfy your royal fantasies --- this is our Royal Wedding bookshelf. Among these amazing stories are heart-pounding science fiction fairytale retellings like CINDER by Marissa Meyer; hilarious adventure flicks such as MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows; contemporary romances like THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot and even nonfiction, with VICTORIA: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef. We cordially invite you to take a bite of one of these sweet reads to celebrate what some consider the greatest love story of our day!

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Books to Read After Watching "Everything, Everything"

Rare, incurable illness? Check. Against-all-odds romance? Double check. A lifechanging journey? Check, check, check. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon introduces readers to 17-year-old Maddy, a girl who is literally allergic to the world and has basically never left her house. When a moving truck arrives next door, however, and tall, lean Olly jumps out, Maddy feels certain that love is on the forecast. As Maddy and Olly gaze at each other through their windows and learn about one another through text, they begin to form a deep bond that makes them question everything. This amazing book has recently been adapted for the big screen and Teenreads gushed and sighed through the movie starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. With summer just around the corner, we've curated this list of books with similar romances, illnesses and captivating plotlines to keep you reading all summer long. Whether you've seen the movie and loved it or are waiting to read the book first, you're sure to find your next read on this bookshelf.

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13 Books to Read After You Finish "13 Reasons Why"

Jay Asher's bestselling novel, 13 REASONS WHY, was recently adapted as a Netflix original series, debuting on March 31st, 2017. After binge-watching the entire series in less than 24 hours, we knew we needed more. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of 13 books to read after you've finished the series. Adding the 10th Anniversary Edition of 13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher seemed like a natural choice, because it is filled with exclusive new content such as an intro by Jay Asher and some deleted scenes. The rest of our featured titles, however, are very different, although they each feature the same heart-pounding drama and tear-filled emotional scenes. From Adam Silvera we have HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME, a beautiful and heartbreaking story of grief and love, written in a way that keeps the reader in the dark about what led the characters to this point, much like 13 REASONS WHY. Also featured is GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner, which follows teenaged Carver, who has inadvertently caused a car accident that killed his three best friends and follows his journey from guilt to acceptance.

Whether you finished the series in one night or have yet to tune in, you're sure to find a great read on our latest bookshelf.

--- Compiled by Dana Cuadrado.

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Love at First Page --- Valentine's Day Bookshelf

Love is in the air here at Teenreads. With Valentine's Day coming up, we are in the mood to read as many romance novels that we can get our hands on. A great romance novel gives you all of the best warm and fuzzy feelings that you definitely need during the winter. Even if you're not the biggest fan of romance novels, we feel this list has something for everyone as all of these books are way more than just a love story. We've put together a list of the newest young adult contemporary romances releasing from January to March that we highly recommend you check out and add to your romance TBR. Happy Valentines Day and Happy Reading!

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Holiday Coloring Book Gift Guide 2016

Between school, chores and keeping up with friends, it's safe to say that teens could definitely use a breather every now and then. Intricate coloring books have become more and more popular recently as fun way to de-stress and unlock your inner creativity. Not only that, by pulling characters and images from popular series like Harry Potter and The Selection, coloring books let you put your own twist on your favorite books.

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Thrills 'n' Chills Bookshelf

BOO! With the days getting shorter and darker and Halloween rapidly approaching, it's easily the spookiest time of year. Here at Teenreads, we're getting ready by binge-watching scary movies, eating way too much candy (this is a judgment-free zone, people) and, of course, reading chilling stories about murders, mysteries and magic.

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All About Art: 20 Picture Books That Celebrate Painting, Drawing and the People Who Do It Best

We all know that you can't have a picture book without art --- it's built into the very name of this beloved literary form. But sometimes, this focus on visuals goes a step further: not only does the picture book's form celebrate craftsmanship, but its content does, too.

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Down the Rabbithole - 15 Books to Celebrate Alice in Wonderland's 150th Anniversary

When you say "ALICE IN WONDERLAND," you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who's not familiar with the very tardy rabbit, the ferocious Queen of Hearts and the ever-so-kooky Mad Hatter, who hosts a tea party Alice will never forget.

While we don't need an excuse to celebrate one of the hallmarks of children's literature, this year, we have more reason than ever --- ALICE IN WONDERLAND turned 150 years old! That's right --- Lewis Carroll wrote this adventure back in 1865.

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