jump to navigation

Freedom to Read 2011 -Once More! September 30, 2011

Posted by stacey in Thoughtful Ramblings.
Tags:
add a comment

After today, you still have one more full day to *celebrate* your individual Freedom to Read any book of your choosing! (Of course, I’m hoping you be celebrate your right to read freely every day!) But today is the last of the week for me and so I thought I’d leave you a few more links to start a conversation or two. The first is sponsored by Books AtoZ and has a wonderful collection of other sites to visit divided up by topic. Fact Monster has a nice, brief overview, plus more titles to explore listed down the right side of the page. And finally, there’s a fun list of 50 Banned Books That Everyone Should Read with explanations.

This week, I’ve been rereading a favorite -and often challenged- book, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. And what you? What did you read? Maybe you’ve found something to enjoy this week? Or maybe you still will! Either way, have a fabulous day reading through these sites -and- all the books you can gather!

— Stacey

Freedom to Read 2011 -Even More and More! September 29, 2011

Posted by stacey in Thoughtful Ramblings.
Tags:
add a comment

From sea to shining sea, everyone’s talking about our freedom to read! On the East Coast, The Washington Post is responsible for an interesting blog posting on the topic and they point out that the mention of drugs has become the current subject matter to cause the most challenges. On the West Coast, the Los Angeles Times has an article that should get some people talking! To the way far away European coastline of the United Kingdom with a list of 100 great banned books!

I think it’s the wide variety of lists from such a wide variety of sources that makes me appreciate our Freedom to Read Week celebrations. It’s not that I am busy envisioning myself, or anyone else really, standing in front of a bonfire with my arms outstretched to block the tossing of books on the pile. Instead, I am envisioning people being surprised into a discussion, or even some personal contemplation, about the world we live in now vs. what we want the world to become and how books, the good and the bad, make a difference. Right?

Still reading?

— Stacey

 

Freedom to Read 2011 -Even More! September 28, 2011

Posted by stacey in Movies, Thoughtful Ramblings.
Tags:
add a comment

So how did you do on your Banned Book Week quiz? If you haven’t taken it yet? What in the world are you waiting for? Don’t you want to see how wise and learned you are?

Or maybe you’d like to do a little more learning first? Is that the hold up? Would you like to consider the five best books turned into films? Or maybe you’re hoping to keep the visually imagery of the day going? Why not look to see how the Virtual Read-Out is going?

Either way, keep on reading those fabulously discussable, challenged titles! And I will too!

— Stacey

Still Celebrating the Freedom to Read 2011! September 27, 2011

Posted by stacey in Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
Tags:
add a comment

I can’t speak for everyone, but I feel pretty confident there is a large group of fellow readers who grew up after Judy Blume started writing and would choose Ms. Blume as an all-time favorite author! Does that seem like a startling statement? No, probably not. But it should be startling to know how often, how many of her books have been challenged for discussing real-life thoughts and feelings as seen through the eyes of a child. According to the American Library Association “…if every one of Judy Blume’s books was challenged–but only once–not one of her books would make the top 10 list, but she herself would make the most challenged author list.” Isn’t that a surprise? I thought so too! What does Ms. Blume say about censorship? Take a peek at her website and you’ll be able to read a variety of her responses. Very interesting!

Two more surprising censorship moments? How about The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books? And why not put your knowledge to the test in a quiz? You might surprised by all the facts you’ve learned so far, or maybe you’ll be surprised by an answer? Either way. Keep on reading those challenged books my friends!

— Stacey

Freedom to Read Week 2011! September 26, 2011

Posted by stacey in Book List, Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
Tags: ,
add a comment

Yipee! It’s Freedom to Read Week! True, this week is more commonly known as Banned Books Week, but you know how much I like to see my glass as half-full, right? Hence my use of  the phrase “Freedom to Read Week!” I like that we might spend time considering how lucky we are to have the chance to fight for our right to read books that have non-majority opinions or books that make some people uncomfortable by discussing “taboo” topics. I like this because if we can’t read and write about ideas that feel revolutionary, how are we truly honoring the best aspects of what the United States of America represents? If we don’t exercise our Freedom of Speech, why have so many people fought -on our collective behalf- for that right? And so this week I’d like to encourage everyone to read a book that’s been challenged!

Banned and/or Challenged Classics
Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century
Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009
100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999
Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century

So much to choose from -isn’t that kind of sad? But I’ll be picking my first challenged book to enjoy today, will you join me?

— Stacey

Latest Additions September 19, 2011

Posted by stacey in Fiction, Non-Fiction.
Tags: ,
add a comment

And this week? I’ve got more lovely books to share! Who’s excited? Me too! And it’s a nice variety pack, so there’s something for everybody… Wow, what a good week this is going to be!
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice by Chris Ewan
Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell
A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black

Don’t forget September is Library Card Sign-up Month! If you don’t have a card yet (and I would find that shocking!), this is the time to do it! Authors Brad Meltzer, Pam Munoz Ryan, and Scott Turow, are all big fans of the library! So, now don’t you want to hang out with all the cool kids? The cool kids with library cards? Come on in and join up, you know you want to!!

— Stacey

Latest Additions September 12, 2011

Posted by stacey in Fiction.
Tags: ,
add a comment

We’re back in business my friends! This week I actually have some lovely Latest Additions to The Reading Room to share! Are you curious? Should we get right to the goods?

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Snowdrops by Andrew Miller
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Let the good times begin!

— Stacey

September 11th September 9, 2011

Posted by stacey in Thoughtful Ramblings.
add a comment

Ten years ago America, and the world really, changed. People have been sharing memories of what they remember of that day, people everywhere. Do you have a story to tell? Would you like to take a moment to observe the day? Communities online and a many cities, like Cleveland, are offering a variety of ways to participate. Or if you’d rather, why not just take some time for yourself on Sunday? Time to think about where you’ve been *and* maybe even more importantly, where is it that you’d still like to go?

— Stacey

Latest Additions September 5, 2011

Posted by stacey in Uncategorized.
add a comment

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is able to enjoy having some part of the day off; or maybe look forward to the gift of a time off at a later date? Because the library is closed, the staff all get Monday off too. How exciting! (For us!) So if you’re lucky enough to have Monday as a bonus day off, what are you planning to do? Maybe do a little reading? Hey! Me too! Maybe I’ll finish off something that’s been on my “to be read” pile far too long, or maybe it’ll be something completely new? I’ll let you know later on this week! What are you reading? Are you ready something you’d suggest to a friend? Or are you finishing the book because you think you should? Go ahead… share a title! It’ll be fun!

— Stacey

Dear Fellow Bibliophiles… September 1, 2011

Posted by stacey in Thoughtful Ramblings.
add a comment

Do you suffer from the same troubles as I do? Do you have an overwhelming need to have many, many, many books around you at all times? I like to borrow them from the library (of course!), I like to buy old books with funny topics (like “Charm is Better than Beauty”), and I like to buy new books (just because I *love* them!). The problem? What do you do with all those books. Where do you put them before, and after, you’ve read them? Library books are easy after you read them, they come back, but they need a place where they can safely wait their turn, right? And the books I wind up owning, where to put them is a real issue! (I do like to say that the lining the walls of my house with books is like adding a layer of insulation. Feel free to use that if you’d like!) So I think I know one of the items on my “to do” list this weekend. I need to find me some bookcases! (And then next weekend I can find me some more books!)

— Stacey

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 147 other followers