No Place Like Home: What to do indoors this winter season

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To Read or Not to Read: Getting out of your lockdown reading slump!

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Filling Your Cup in 2020

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Iconic Women: Why You Should Read More Elif Shafak

We love Elif Shafak, if that wasn’t entirely clear… This month, in partnership with Penguin, we are celebrating all things Elif Shafak. If you’re searching for a truly inspirational woman, look no further. Here are 5 reasons you should get to know her, if you don’t already. She’s an International Feminist Icon Elif is an […]

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Queer Feminist Icons: Audre Lorde

The second in our series, in this blog we spotlight Audre Lorde, the American writer, feminist, and civil rights activist. Self-described as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”, Lorde’s work continues to inspire us as she combatted racism, sexism and homophobia through her writing. Audre Lorde was a 20th century American writer and poet, born in […]

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8 (Online) Independent Book Stores To Support Right Now

It’s scary to think that lockdown has made that magical feeling of turning a corner and spotting a bookish treasure trove a thing of the past. Wandering through the rows and rows of those undiscovered stories calling your name seems like a dream away. What’s even scarier is the fact that this feeling may never […]

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Pride Month Must-Reads

Here at Books That Matter we wanted to recommend some must-read LGBTQ+ literature to celebrate Pride Month. Of course, we encourage you to engage with these incredible authors throughout the year. However, it is especially important as we protest for and remember the oppression of LGBTQ+ communities both historically and today. We’ve included some fiction, […]

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Black Owned Businesses To Support

Many of us were saddened and angered by the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George was an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck. While this kind of police brutality is nothing new, the incident lit a spark and there is now a palpable desire […]

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Check Your Privilege, Lockdown is Not a “Gift”

If you’re talking about lockdown as if it’s an extended yoga retreat, you need to check your privilege. In the last week, I have seen so many people in the online space talking about 2020’s lockdown as our “gift”. “Exactly what we needed”, “time for ourselves”, “an opportunity to disconnect”. But for people without the […]

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