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    Today is National Send a Card to a Friend Day. While cards are all fine and dandy, it can sometimes be hard to find the card that says exactly what you are looking for. After all, what can really be said in such a small amount of space. So instead of just sending a card, why not send a book to go along with it? There are so many great books in the world, there is bound to be something for everybody in your life. To help you down the road a bit, we at Quirk wanted to give a few suggestions of possible books to send to your friends.

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    Maybe it’s all the tie-dye, butterfly clips, and promises from Taylor Swift that she’ll “come back stronger than a ‘90s trend” – or maybe it’s because Anna Carey’s latest young adult novel This is Not the Jess Show came out this week – but we’re feeling super nostalgic for the age of landlines and dial-up internet. And we don’t know how to explain it, but we’re kind of craving ‘90s junk food too. To celebrate the release of This is Not the Jess Show, we’re pairing some of our favorite books about the ‘90s with some truly retro snacks. 

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    Happy Groundhog Day everyone! Not only is this the original silly holiday, it’s also the perfect opportunity to geek out about one of our favorite plot devices in pop culture: the Groundhog Day phenomenon. It’s that iconic – and deliciously frustrating – experience of watching someone get stuck in a time loop, and the fascinating process of getting unstuck. 

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    In need of a gift for your sweet Valentine? Or a rockstar Galentine friend? Maybe you're on the lookout for a Valentine's Day surprise for your child or another little one in your life? No matter who you're shopping for, we have some reads we think they'll love.

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    It’s Meg Cabot’s birthday today and we’re riding the waves of nostalgia. There’s an incredible wealth of young adult novels out today, spilling off bookstore and library shelves. So it might be hard to imagine a time when voracious teen readers had to scramble to find something new. Luckily, Meg Cabot had our back, giving us The Princess Diaries series and so much more. Today, we’re celebrating everything she’s given us by showcasing some of our favorite books.

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    From the classic jigsaws, crosswords, and sliders to the niche disentanglement puzzles, Rubik’s cubes, and games like Minesweeper, puzzles have been around since the dawn of humanity because people really do just enjoy solving problems. And it makes sense too as the simple idea of answering a riddle, locating all words in a word search, or decoding a cipher or rebus offers a rewarding and satisfying sense of accomplishment.

    For those puzzlers out there who get psyched each January 29th (National Puzzle Day) to amp up their puzzling game or for those who simply enjoy puzzles three hundred sixty-five days a year, consider picking up one of these middle grade reads with their own puzzles, riddles, tricks, and mini mysteries. Not only do middle grade books typically allow more room for puzzles where adult and YA novels tend to limit themselves (especially in aspects like book design), but the puzzles themselves are included to be solved. There are no unguessable plot twists or undecipherable codes. These books offer playful content that are designed to engage the brain, present imaginative storytelling, and allow for a maximum sense of achievement. If that sounds like your cup of tea, get your TBR list ready for puzzling season!

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