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The Tayshas Reading List

The Tayshas Reading List

I often get asked where I find books to read or where get my book recommendations. Honestly, I find things to read everywhere. Magazines, newspapers, Pinterest, the morning news, and friends are always sending me books on Goodreads. But I have found a hidden gem that not many people know about. The Tayshas Reading List.

My mom was the one who introduced me to the Tayshas List. As you can imagine, I love to receive books as birthday and Christmas gifts. In high school, I was particularly fond of Young Adult Literature. (I’m the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games generation. It was a great era.) One year, I noticed I had semi-wrapped books under the tree, and I counted 8 new books begging for their spines to be cracked. After opening, I asked mom where she had found multiple fascinating new YA novels. Her answer: The Tayshas List.

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“Tayshas” takes its name from the Caddo Indian word meaning “friends or allies.” The idea for the Tayshas list came from Dallas Area Librarians with the goal to motivate young readers grades 9-12 to become lifelong readers. You can read a full history of the list here.

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The great thing about the Tayshas List is that it explores a variety of topics, tastes, and maturity levels.  The lists are categorized by year, and you can choose from ‘Reading list’ or ‘Annotated List’. The only difference is the annotated features a short summary of the book.

My favorite part, the committee who chooses the books that make the list each year are librarians. I don’t know about you, but if I were going to take a book recommendation from anyone, it would be a librarian. *SIGH* I should have gone with that profession…

Whether you’re in a book rut, headed to the library for a book and unsure what to get, or looking for a different genre outside of your norm, the Tayshas List is sure to deliver something that tickles your fancy.

Visit the Tayshas List here.

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