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It’s VMA Week at BookTrib with Awesome Reads, Articles and Giveaways!

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On August 27, 2017, MTV will air its 34th Annual Video Music Awards or what we of the MTV generation affectionately refer to as the “VMAs.”  This year’s show will be hosted by Katy Perry and will feature performances by Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony and Kendrick Lamar, who is this year’s most nominated artist for his video, “Humble.” Host Katy Perry and artist/producer The Weeknd are tied for second place behind Lamar, each with five VMA nominations to their credit. This year’s VMAs are just as monumental as ever, marking two firsts in the show’s history. First, MTV has eliminated all gendered categories in favor of combining the best male and best female categories into one Artist of the Year category…

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Who are the Tall Poppies and Why You Should Care

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At BookTrib, we are constantly searching for the best ways to connect readers with writers, opening their eyes and worlds to fresh ideas! This is how we came across a wonderful group known as the Tall Poppies, who are not only avid readers, but extremely talented writers as well! On a weekly basis, we will be introducing many wonderful books to you straight from the Tall Poppies. Reviews are on their way! First, we would like to introduce you to the Tall Poppy Founder, Ann Garvin. She was interviewed by her crabby brother, Ray, about the Tall Poppies. Ray: So, Ann – what is this flower group you put together and why do you spend so much time on it?…

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Rethinking Narcissism: Self-Pride Can Be Healthy

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If you’re a “narcissist,”  you’re a bad person. This appears to be the general consensus. Being someone with a degree in psychology, I’ve always wondered about the term myself, and why everyone is so fast to apply the label. And it’s getting worse. These days, you’re a “narcissist” if you allude to any personal achievement, or if you name-dropped at a party, or even if you simply showed up wearing nicer clothes. Due to this disturbing phenomenon, my wonder has increased to concern. How big is the gap between narcissism and simple self-confidence and are those who hiss the term “narcissist” even aware of that gap? Are we too close to thinking narcissism and positive words like “esteem” and “confidence”…

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Indie picks to get your fix: RJ Julia’s YA faves for BookTrib

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Welcome to this week’s Shelfie Picks! We’ve got great recommendations for your weekend reading by the people who know and love books the most — booksellers, librarians and authors. This week we have suggestions based on I Read YA Week. For great new books that fall into the Young Adult genre, we turn to Lori Fazio, manager of  R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, who recommends these three exciting page-turners. 1. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (Delacorte Press, May 19, 2015) Co-written by accomplished author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, this is a companion book to their first novel together, Between the Lines. It involves a real girl, Delilah, who falls in love…

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