Harriet Tubman Day – 5 Great Reads

Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who went on to become a saviour to many, an abolitionist and anti-slavery activist. Born into slavery in around 1822, Tubman escaped to freedom, and subsequently made some thirteen missions back to the south, helping to rescue around 70 families using a network of safe houses known as the underground railroad.

When the Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army and was the first woman to lead an armed expedition when she led the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more then 700 slaves.

Tubman died on 10th March 1913 and became an icon of American courage and freedom. The date is marked as Harriet Tubman Day and today we’re recommending five books that we think capture her spirit.

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

No list of books from this period would be complete without The Underground Railroad, the award winning and groundbreaking bestseller of last year. While a novel, the book tells the story of escaped slaves well and is an important read for those wanting to find out more about this period of American history.

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The Underground Railroad UK

12 Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup’s memoir of a black man born free and then sold into bondage is a harrowing read. Made into a movie it won several awards and is one of the most important books from this period of history.

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12 Years a Slave UK

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom – Catherine Clinton

If it’s Tubman you want to learn more about then this biography is a great place to start. A complete story of Tubman’s life, from slave to abolitionist, it makes for riveting reading.

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Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom UK

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of America’s Fugitive Slaves – Eric Foner

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Foner here tells the story of three men who as part of the underground railroad helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves to freedom.

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Gateway to Freedom UK

The Book of Awesome Women – Becca Anderson

And if all of that has left you wanted to read about more brilliant ‘sheroes’ from history then The Book of Awesome Women should leave you feeling like you can achieve anything at all!

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The Book of Awesome Women UK

The Bestselling Fiction of the Last One Hundred Years: 1918

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We’re starting a new blog series today, and it’s likely to be a while until we finish it. We’re going to cover the bestselling fiction of the last one hundred years, one year at a time.

Each list will be ten books, the ten bestselling books of the last one hundred years and as we’re still in 2018 (just) we’re starting with 1918.

As the lists continue you’ll see trends through the years as popular authors shine through, but for today it’s the ten bestselling books of 1918.

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6 Best Books About Pearl Harbor

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On December 7th, 1941 at 7:48am, the Japanese Navy launched an air strike on a United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In the attack more than 2,400 American servicemen were killed forcing the United States into World War II.

To mark the date, we’re making some recommendations today, if you’d like to know more about this event with books that offer an in-depth look into the day, its personal impact and its place in history.

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The New York Times Best Books of 2018

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The New York Times is generally a respected source for those looking for book recommendations and we trust their judgement, so when we saw today they had announced their Top Ten Books of 2018 we knew we’d have to share it with you.

We’ve seen many of these books recommended across a variety of sources this year, including recommendations from you, so without further ado here are the top ten books of 2018, according to the New York Times.

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: December 2018

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20, the final Top 20 of 2018. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month is a mix-up of classic books, new releases and recommendations from the Cwts, including some books that have featured heavily in the Top 20 every month. We hope you find something that interests you. Here are the top 20 books for December, chosen by you! Read More

John Boyne Chooses His Favourite Reads of 2018

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During an event for Birmingham Literature Festival with John Boyne, he explained that he reads around 120 books a year and believes it is a key part of being a writer. The books he reads each year include many published that year. As Christmas fast approaches, Boyne has taken to Twitter to treated us all to his pick of the best books published in 2018 that he has read this year. In no particular order, these are the book Boyne recommends:
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NYPL Best Books of 2018: Books for Kids

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Every year the New York Public Library curates a selection of recommended reads selected by their expert librarians. The books encompass an array of genres, diverse stories and inspiring ideas with the top ten books for adults, teens and kids included.

This weekend we’re going to feature all three lists to give you some recommendations. Today we have the kids list ranging from picture books to middle-grade fiction, graphic novels, folklore & fairy tales, poetry, and nonfiction.

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