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This past Friday, the 29 of November, wasn’t just a day for leftover turkey sandwiches and football. It was also the birthday of two fantastic authors, Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis!

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This week, we’re going big. Really, really world-changing big, and I don’t mean world-changing as in it touched the hearts and minds of millions and inspired a little girl somewhere in rural Kansas to become an English major (no one should need inspiration for that anyway). This week I’ve picked 10 books that caused significant, widespread and lasting change to the world we live in. Ten books that cover politics, religion, philosophy, advanced physics and everything in between. Ten books worth knowing about.

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The release of Ender’s Game (based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel of the same name) on November 1st brought another big-budget sci-fi flick to the big screen. As excited as I am about this movie (and I am very excited about this movie), it’s still only one facet of the reactor core lithium-ion crystal that is the genre of science fiction.

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It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen. New York Comic Con is upon us. The celebration of comics, television, film and books from all corners of the nerd spectrum takes over Javits Center in Manhattan this weekend. Although not quite as large as its San Diego cousin, NYCC still brings in a huge number of actors, creators, artists and fans of all kinds. While the scope of the convention has widened to include almost everything pop culture related, it still focuses on comic books at its heart. And comic books mean superheroes.

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As one of Bookreporter.com’s more mobile interns (I work remotely and live on the West Coast), I get access to a whole other side of the country. This past weekend, I visited Wordstock, a cleverly-titled (unfortunately the comparison is lost on us darn millennials) literary convention in Portland, Oregon. Much like the city that houses it, Wordstock is enthusiastic, very indie and a tad strange...but always in a good way.

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What do TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET and the Harry Potter series have in common? They’ve all been successfully kicked out of school libraries because some parent complained about them. Surprised? Good. You should be. This week (Sept. 22-28) is Banned Books Week (BBW for short) and we’re tackling it head-on here at 20SomethingReads.

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Hi. My name is Austin.

I am looking for a job. I would really, really like to be employed. It would be great if you would hire me. I am very talented at doing things. If you hired me I would do the things you want me to do and do a good job. A really good job. Did I mention I would like to be employed?

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Quick. Name five female authors. Difficult? Probably not (J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins and Stephanie Meyer gets you three already). What about five African-American authors? Also not too tough. Now what about African-American women? Hispanics or Latinos? How about homosexual men or Asian-American women? Getting harder, isn’t it?

Now name five white male authors.

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They say you know a person by what he or she reads. In my case and the case of all the 20Somethings who have graduated/changed careers/moved far too many times in the last few years (so, everyone right?), you know a person by the few books that have managed to stay with them for this long. These six are still sitting on the top shelf of my green garage-sale bookshelf in all the hardcover glory they deserve, stalwart bastions in the slowly losing war I’m fighting with my Kindle (so convenient, yet so impersonal).

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