BBW Book Blogger Hop: Sept. 30th-Oct. 3rd

~~Banned Books Week (BBW) 2011 takes place September 24th-October 1st~~

In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite

“banned or frequently challenged book”?

I think I’m going to have to go with Push by Sapphire. At least, looking at the list of books challenged or banned in 2010-2011, I’m going with Push. I hadn’t seen it be challenged or banned yet–that was probably an oversight on my part, because I’m sure it was challenged or banned before this past year. It is very crude and real. Push is much more upfront about what Precious experienced than, say, Melinda in Speak, which I just read this week.

Challenged on an extracurricular reading list in the Horry County, S.C. school library (2011). The 1996 novel is based on the story of Precious Jones,
an illiterate sixteen-year-old, who grows up in poverty. Precious is raped by her father, battered by her mother, and dismissed by social workers. The story follows Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, through her journey of learning how to read and be on her own. The novel was made into a critically acclaimed movie, Precious, in 2009, which received six Oscar nominations,
including Best Picture, for the 82nd Academy Awards and Sundance Film Festival praise.
Source: May 2011, pp. 94–95.

On another note The Notebook Girls and The Body of Christopher Creed were on the list for 2010-2011. I read these two in high school and I don’t believe they were considered very controversial at that point in time. Either way, I’m somewhat glad that books I’ve read are being challenged. Not sure why. Maybe it makes me feel like I’ve been reading controversial books for a long time. Except what I consider controversial means there’s something there for discussion. These books are being challenged/banned merely for referencing drugs and drinking or “age-appropriateness”–isn’t that what TV is all about? Showing us lots of violence, drugs, and sex?


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books. Essentially, every weekend Jen posts a topic for book bloggers to discuss on their blogs. I know sometimes I find it hard to think of bookish things to write about (that aren’t reviews), so the Hop gives me some great thoughts to ponder.

Book Blogger Hop: September 2nd-5th

“What are you most looking forward to this autumn season –
A particular book release? Halloween?
The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation?”

As far as books are concerned, I’ve been looking forward to the Readers Imbibing in Peril challenge, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, since spring. I discovered this two-month (September-October) challenge in the beginning of October of last year. The basic task is to read so many spooky books/short stories or see some spooky movies during the creepy early-autumn months. Even though I have chosen a low number of books to read–only two–I think that’s fair considering how I should read 19 other books to satisfy other resolutions/challenges I’ve decided to do in 2011 before December 31st 😕

I would be anticipating the release of The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay, which I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of years. It’s released this fall in Canada, but not until February in the US 😦 And, while I have a passport and could be in Canada in an hour, I’m not sure I’d really care to go through that much effort for a single book when I can wait. Especially since I can see myself not even getting around to reading it until after the US release haha

I always love the leaves changing color. I’m so lucky to live in a place where I can witness this, but that doesn’t have people flock there as tourists to view the changing (like New England). My parents have a silver maple in their front yard that I love watching change slowly.

I am SOOO wanting some cooler temperatures! It has been ungodly hot and dry this summer. The past couple weeks were so nice, in the high 70s-low 80s (F) and cool at night. Then the last couple days it went near 100 again 😦 Sure, it’s supposed to go back down again, but I hope we have a fall this year. Last year, it went from 80s to 50s and I was very pissed.


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books. Essentially, every weekend Jen posts a topic for book bloggers to discuss on their blogs. I know sometimes I find it hard to think of bookish things to write about (that aren’t reviews), so the Hop gives me some great thoughts to ponder.

Book Blogger Hop: August 19th-22nd

“What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?”
(religious texts don’t count)

Pretty sure the longest book I’ve ever read is one of the Harry Potter books–whichever is the longest is the lengthiest book I’ve read to date. I know the longest book I own is an unabridged edition of The Count of Monte Cristo, but I haven’t read it yet (only an abridged version) with some-1,400 pages. By copy of Atlas Shrugged is also very long, around 1,000 pages. But I haven’t read it either. (And even if we could count religious texts, I haven’t read any. Can’t stand ’em.)


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books. Essentially, every weekend Jen posts a topic for book bloggers to discuss on their blogs. I know sometimes I find it hard to think of bookish things to write about (that aren’t reviews), so the Hop gives me some great thoughts to ponder.

Book Blogger Hop: August 12-15th

“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the

most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

I think the books that I’ve come across with the oddest sounding names have to belong to Douglas Adams. I mean, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish?! Who comes up with something like that 🙂 The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul? Yeah, that’s just screams Douglas Adams. But…I have to admit that the titles intrigue me and really make me want to read the books (the only Douglas Adams I’ve read is Hitchhiker’s Guide). So I guess that he succeeded in grabbing my attention.

I also really like Neil Gaiman’s book titles. Stardust, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book…they just sound magical (and they are, I have read all of these).


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books. Essentially, every weekend Jen posts a topic for book bloggers to discuss on their blogs. I know sometimes I find it hard to think of bookish things to write about (that aren’t reviews), so the Hop gives me some great thoughts to ponder.

August 12-15th

Book Blogger Hop: Dec. 10-13

“What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs?  Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?”

I think what I like most about reading book blogs is finding more books to read 😀 With all the reviews out there, I add probably 10 or 15 books to my TBR list a month! And, on the off chance someone reviews a book I’ve already read, I like to hear what others have to say about it. I also like to just read other people’s thoughts on reading in general, anything they have to say about something that has to do with reading.

Also, I don’t have many friends who read as much as I do 😕 Two of my sisters read, but I read the most because I am currently unemployed. Regardless, I don’t have friends who love to read as much as some of my book blogger friends. So when I need an outlet to talk about books, I turn to the book blogging world–those books my friends/sisters read aren’t usually the same sorts of books I read; I’m more eclectic.

Book Blogger Hop: Oct. 29-Nov. 1

“What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?”

I have to say that I would just like to have a well-stocked library. You know, the sort with built-in bookshelves and leather-bound books. However, I don’t think I own one leather-bound book and they wouldn’t be appropriate for most of the books I like and would be interested in personally having. While I sometimes think it would look a little weird to have my books on wall-to-wall built-in bookshelves, those are the sorts of books everyone buys. I guess the preconceived image of a wonderful library are just old and don’t really exist that often in real life now 🙂


Or maybe I should organize them like this.

I think it’d be cool, but slightly impractical.


Book Blogger Hop: Oct. 15-18

I have been super busy all week, doing wedding things and writing a few midterm essays for my online course–but I am alive! It has felt a little weird, not having the time to read and blog since I’ve been so used to my free time for the past few months (thank you, unemployment 😦 ) But I have nothing to do today, so I’m going to try to get further into my current read, The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe to see if I want to stick with it (it’s been a little boring in the beginning).

But, the real reason for this post is to answer the Book Blogger Hop question for the week. So here goes…

This week’s question comes from Christina who blogs at The Paperback Princesses.

“When you read a book that you just can’t get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?”

Usually, no, I don’t stick with a book I’m not really liking. I figure that my TBR list is very long and there are plenty of other books out there that I might like better. However, I’m usually pretty good at picking books to read that I think I will like, so I don’t usually dislike many books I start.

But this year has been different from past years: I have already put down two books this year that I didn’t like and moved on. Usually I don’t throw away any books, but two in a 5-month period is very rare for me.

And, what’s even worse is, I’m not sure if I’ll stick with the book I’m currently reading 😯 I have read about 15 pages, the first chapter, in The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe (referred by Jane Austen via Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey). The reason I might put this two-volume (600-some pages in total) aside is that it takes me nearly 3 minutes to read one page. I mean, if it’s not that interesting, I don’t know if I can stick it out when it’ll take so long to read it. Now, if it picks up like I think it might, now that one of the key events seems to have taken place, it won’t be hard. But–finger’s crossed–I’m hoping I can get through it!

Book Blogger Hop: October 8-11th

What’s your favorite beverage while reading or blogging, if any? Is it tea, coffee, water, a glass of wine, or something else?

I usually drink water while I read. In the winter, when it gets cold out, I will sometimes drink hot chocolate instead 🙂 I suppose I would drink wine while reading, but I find it hard to find wine I actually like enough–I don’t like it too dry, but not too sweet haha

Book Blogger Hop: September 24-27, 2010

When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?

(This week’s question comes from Elizabeth who blogs at Silver’s Reviews.)

I usually wait until I have finished reading the book to write a review. On a rare occasion, I will write about what I’m currently reading, especially if the book is long and something really interests me and I want to write about that. I know that I lose details of specific things I liked or disliked when I wait until the end of the book. However, especially if the book is a personal copy, I will note these thoughts in the book and go back and look through it when writing my review.

If I’m reading a book for a bookclub discussion and we have set sections to discuss on certain dates, I will often write a post about each section.

Book Blogger Hop: September 3-6, 2010

Do you judge a book by its cover?

(This week’s question comes from: Sarah @ SarahReadsTooMuch)

I hate to admit it, but I do judge books by the covers sometimes. It’s not so much about what I think about the book covers. But I do get a little embarrassed to be seen reading a book. I know it’s terrible to care what others think, but I do view some people differently when I see what they read so I guess others might do that to me, too.

Plus, a book cover that is eye appealing will often draw my attention and I will ignore the more average looking covers. Again, not something I’m proud of.

Recently, I have added a sort of cover review to my overall book review when I finish reading, too!

Actually, I have two rants about a book cover that is coming out in January 2011: you can view these posts by clicking here and here. (Essentially, a book in a series I follow is going to look entirely too romance-y than it is historical fiction-y, which is really what it is.)