Monday, September 24, 2018

Happy Banned Books Week!

Yep, it's that time of year again: Banned Books Week.  Longtime followers of my blog will know that I love Banned Books Week.  I always take advantage of the opportunity to read something that has been so challenged or banned the previous year that it made it onto the top 10 list.

Last year, I read Sex Criminals, Vol. I.  It was a graphic novel, which meant way outside of my comfort zone.  But I actually rather enjoyed it.  I need to finish them, but at the time the second book wasn't available from my library.

This year the list of the top 10 banned books of 2017 is a bunch of old favorites.  There are certain books that crop up fairly regularly, and this year has plenty of them.  Here's the list of the top 10 banned and challenged books of 2017:

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sci-Fi Fantasy reading list for 2018

Looking for something good and geeky to read in 2018?  Barnes & Noble released a list of 25 sci-fi and fantasy debuts in the genre that will be released this year.

Some of these books look really good, although of course it'll be quite a wait for most of them.  I think I'll save this list and check back later in the year!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sex Criminals, Vol I

Inspired by the list of the top challenged books in 2016, which I blogged about last week during Banned Books Week, I read Sex Criminals, Vol. I.  It wasn't the full thing, which is Big Hard Sex Criminals and includes all of the graphic novels in one, but it was enough to get a taste for it.

And, well... yeah, it's pretty explicit.  I can see why it would have been challenged.  I don't agree with banning, of course, but I can still see why.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Belated Banned Books Week

I usually post every year about Banned Books Week, but I'm a little late this year.  Banned Books Week started Sunday!  We only have tonight and tomorrow left.  But that doesn't mean you can't celebrate (and I still plan to).

Generally I celebrate by reading one of the previous year's most frequently challenged books.  The 2016 top 10 challenged books are as follows:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wearable books

I love books, so of course I love things that have to do with books, too.  I'm not much of one for a lot of kitschy things, though, so I like everything I own to be cute and have a purpose.  The best way to do that, of course, is to make it something you can wear.

Looking for a way to incorporate your love of reading into your own personal style?  Here are a few ways to wear your passion on your sleeve (or anywhere else on your body).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Reading challenges for 2017

Who here is planning on doing one or more reading challenges in 2017?  I have done the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the past two years, in both 2015 and 2016, and I've set it up for 2017 as well.  My goal each year has been 50 books (roughly one book a week, with a little fudge room), and I get a little closer each year.  In fact, although I originally made my goal 40 books last year, I was reading so much a few months in that I went back up to 50.  I did beat 40 books for 2016, but fell a little short of 50.

Better luck in 2017!

In fact, I'm thinking of adding some reading challenges to my goals for the year, thanks to this wonderful list of 20 reading challenges for 2017.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Happy Banned Books Week!

It's that time of year again!  I love Banned Books Week and celebrate every year by reading one of the top 10 challenged books from the previous year.  This year Banned Books Week is September 25 through October 1 -- this week.

It amazes me that in as enlightened and educated a country as we claim to have, we still routinely have books challenged and/or banned.  I don't believe in censorship, even with children.  If your child wants to read a book, and you say no, they're just going to read it behind your back.  (Trust me -- I'm a nanny, a babysitter, and a former after school program teacher -- I've seen it plenty.)  Much better to read it with your child and discuss what makes it controversial.