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  1. Surrounded: How Books Are Keeping Me Going in Quarantine

    “I can’t even say that I am ‘living’ in quarantine; if anything, I’m just surviving. But I have my books.” At Causeway Lit, Marina writes about her love for books.

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  2. A Ramadan Story: From Blogging to Books

    Reem Farqui used her website to help her publish her first book.

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    Courtesy of Reem Faruqi
  3. World Book Day

    World Book Day is a charity funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland whose mission is to give every child a book of their own. Its website is a space to celebrate authors and illustrators, as well as reading for all ages.

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  4. Blogging in the Time of Coronavirus: A Reading List

    Writing and art in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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    "Social distancing, Florida-style." Sarasota-based artist and photographer Neil Murray publishes sketches from his "Virus Diaries" series.
  5. Pigeon Presents: Illustrator Mo Willems

    Pigeon Presents is the website of Mo Willems, a best-selling and award-winning author and illustrator. He has gained recognition recently for his “Lunch Doodles” sessions on YouTube, where he (virtually) invites kids — who are currently stuck at home — into his studio to draw with him.

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  6. 23 Retellings of Classic Stories From Science Fiction

    From an Iraq-set Frankenstein to an uncanny rendition of The Wizard of Oz, the staff at Tor.com have gathered an intriguing reading list of remixed classics.

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  7. The Slow Traveler

    Carolyn at The Slow Traveler is a UK-based photographer and blogger. She writes about photography, books, and the inner-workings of social media (especially Instagram).

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  8. Which Comics Should You Read in 2020? Here Are Some Ideas.

    Comics and graphic-novels fans, rejoice! At The Drunken Odyssey, Drew Barth recommends some of the most anticipated titles of 2020 — the ones that will set the tone for an entire decade of visual storytelling.

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    Cover of Umma's Table by Yeon-Sik Hong
  9. Ladybird Education

    Ladybird Education is an international resource of teaching materials to help school children learn English. The large library of Ladybird books can each be unlocked to access more teaching resources and ebook versions of each publication.

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    Photo by Lina Kivaka (via Pexels)
  10. ArabLit

    The blog Arabic Literature is managed and curated by M. Lynx Qualey. She also oversees ArabLit Quarterly, a magazine published four times a year, and co-hosts BULAQ, a book-centric podcast. Together, these projects focus on Arabic literature, art, news, and much more.

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  11. Sugar and Charm

    Need cocktail ideas, cupcake inspiration, or a table setting chart for a tea party? Sugar and Charm, a 2019 Saveur Blog Award finalist for “Best Entertaining Blog,” has you covered — and then some!

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  12. Hijabi Librarians

    This group of librarians works to give voice to Muslim literature and books with Muslim protagonists: “We aim to recognize, celebrate and honor the books and authors that get it right.” As the site’s authors cleverly say, “We’ve got it covered.”

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  13. Shady Characters

    “Here you’ll find un­usual marks of punc­tu­ation, books and book his­tory, and everything in between.” Keith Houston’s Shady Characters is full of smart, thoughtful writing on the secret lives of punctuation marks.

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  14. The Dutch House: An Excerpt From the New Novel by Ann Patchett

    Read a snippet from the first chapter of Ann Patchett’s new novel on Musing, the blog of her Nashville bookstore. The Dutch House follows two siblings over five decades, “from their early years to their exile, by their stepmother, from the childhood home they both cherished.”

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  15. It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Breakup Reading List

    Experiencing heartache? At Longreads, Jacqueline Alnes compiles a reading list of essays that have allowed her to grieve.

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