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Morning Meanderings… Final to Banned Book Week and 6 Months

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This is the post that should have been yesterday however with the book sale… my overextended schedule this past week and my inability to sleep through the night – I did not get it posted.  I did not forget – just had to let it go for a bit. 🙂

Soooooo.  with that…

Here is the final day of banned book week post.  Let me just say, what a week.  I am bummed it hit during our Fall Book Sale as I had no time to really dig into the books or the posts.  Thank goodness for all of you who grabbed the banned book week banner and waved it high.  Here are the final day thoughts on banned book week from wonderful readers:

Laurel at An Interior Journey shares her thoughts on the banned book, Forever by Judy Blume I was a huge Judy Blume fan growing up!

Kai at A Fiction State of Mind talks about the trending Magna books and their tendency to be banned as well as her thoughts on the book The Color Of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa.

 

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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**Important note**  A few of you have emailed me with your responses of where you found the above picture and something I did not anticipate is that some of the blog posts this weeks used the above logo in their posts which is not the giveaway one.  Look closely at the picture – it will be the one above which has a frame and my website on it.  Sorry about any confusion – I will be more creative next year 🙂

 

Thank you to all who participated in banned book week!  Please check out my posts of earlier this week and catch up on the great reads and giveaways.  I will announce our winner for the Banned Book Cup tonight with Its Monday What Are You Reading so you still have time to look for the image hiding in one of the banned book week posts as described above.

 

Real quick – here is what has come in the house in the past two weeks as bookish!  I am not going to link them as I usually do as I have so much going on today just trying to catch up on a weeks worth of not being around.  Laundry and canning are on the itinerary as well as white chicken chili, and I need a new audio 🙂  Later today watch for my thoughts on the Banned Book Gone With The Wind.  It is also 6 months today since Justin’s accident.  Unbelievable.  It has been the hardest 6 months of my life and I can not imagine what the next 6 months will hold.  I am indeed a broken mess of a person just trying to find a new normal that I can accept.  Thank you as always for being a part of my life – even those who I only know from your words here… thank you.

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Morning Meanderings…. Having Your Cake…

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Friday.  Holy wow.  What a week.

This morning at 5:00 am I was baking brownies for a funeral of a really good friends father.  I will be cutting out of the book sale for a while today to attend the visitation and I am bringing brownies for the funeral tomorrow.

It made me think of banned book week and how some feel that they can say what can and cannot be read by others… but don’t you dare judge what they read….

It’s like having your cake and eating it too….

It’s like saying I own a Honda vehicle so everyone else should too and all other cars should be obsolete.  Ford, Dodge, whatever your poison is…  you drive what you drive… it may not be for me – but it works fine for you.

Any hoo… here are today’s awesome banned book week selections.  I do apologize if I have missed anyone this week.  Banned Book Week had to hit on the busiest week I have had in a month and I am trying to write these posts whenever I have a moment (today that would be at 6 am before I go to the book sale) however it is that important to me that Banned books are discussed.

Worth Getting In Bed For discusses the banned book, Perks Of Being A Wallflower (loved this one!)

Author Nadine Feldman talks about her encounter with Author Sherman Alexie and his book, The Absolute True Diary Of A Part Time Indian.

Writers Flow offers up a smart Banned Book Cartoon.

Sue at Book by Book writes her thoughts on John Green’s banned book, Looking For Alaska

Julia from Diary Of A Book Nerd shares 5 Things You Should know about Banned Books with a giveaway!

Holly at Gun In Act Once shares a banned book by author Ted Dawe, an author who had won a New Zealand Post Childrens Book Award.  His book, Into The River currently can not be distributed or displayed anywhere in New Zealand.

Charli at Goth Girl Reads says WHO are You To Tell Me What I Can Read?

Fun fun fun posts!

Please look at my other posts this week as each day I have links to awesome bloggers sharing banned books – reviews, information, giveaways, and fun stuff!

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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Thats all…. brownies are done and I have a sale to get to!  Have a super day!  🙂

Banned Books…. Did You Know????

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Woo… the day got away from me!  Last night I was too tired to prepare this post.  After leaving the library at 4 pm after the sale set up I thought I would grab a few quick groceries and then go home…  for the record… nothing happens “quick” in my life anymore.  Every where I go I run into people I know who want to check in with me and I wind up talking with them…. I am not complaining – I a thankful for these wonderful people in our life… they are the lifeblood of my existence right now however….

I made it home at 6 pm.

Making dinner, trying to catch up on my house, the lawn needs mowing, I had to move the tomatoes off my tables so I could use them for the book sale and well…

Yeah.

This morning I left the house at 5:40 am to set up the childrens sale and now I have a little break before I go back to the sale so here, with no further rambling from me are the posts for banned book week today:

Stacey at the Novel Life writes about You Can’t Read That, her personal story of growing up in a family that did not sensor her reading and the banned books she loves.  She also has a pretty sweet giveaway going on! 

Jenna at JMill Wanders has a giveaway going on for a banned book of your choice.

Sue at Book By Book shares her thoughts on Persepolis

Tracy at Uncharted Parent takes the time to talk about the book It’s Perfectly Normal and has some great insight on the book and bannings.  She also has a giveaway for a copy of the book!

Heather at Based On A True Story talks about the banned book Into The River by Ted Dawe (A new title to me!)  She also has a giveaway for this title.

Kelly The Well Read Redhead talks about Banned Picture books!  Yes its true and you will be surprised at the titles!

Julie at My Book Retreat reviews SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson – one of my favorites!

 

Please look at my other posts this week as each day I have links to awesome bloggers sharing banned books – reviews, information, giveaways, and fun stuff!

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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**Important note**  A few of you have emailed me with your responses of where you found the above picture and something I did not anticipate is that some of the blog posts this weeks used the above logo in their posts which is not the giveaway one.  Look closely at the picture – it will be the one above which has a frame and my website on it.  Sorry about any confusion – I will be more creative next year 🙂

 

Have a great weekend of reading a banned book!  I am back to the book sale!

 

Morning Meanderings…. BANNED COFFEE?????

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Good morning.  I am here…. still drinking tea.  I have had no time to go out and purchase a coffee grinder for the Coffee beans that await me.  Yes… yes… I could pick up ground coffee but now it is a thing. Coffee grinder or bust.

Why does banned book week always have to be so BUSY?  We are in our final day of the fall books sale set up, this afternoon I have errands to run for a meeting tomorrow, find tables for the children’s books, mow my lawn, can tomatoes, and tomorrow starts the sale where I will be from morning until night the next three days.

*sigh*

So badly I want to pick up one of these books we are chatting away about but alas…. no time this week.

Anyhoo…. more posts today for you and for me!  Got to love these great banned book posts!  Here is what is out there for you to enjoy today:

 

Jon at the Rogue Scholar posts about Fahrenheit 451 (Ca you imagine having to hide your books? Well read Fahrenheit 451 and start the night terrors!)

Sue at Book by Book shares what she is reading this week for banned books!

Janet at Writer’s Flow has much to say about banned books including quotes and pictures!

Bex from An Armchair By The Sea writes about 4 banned picture books with a nice giveaway!

Stacie at Sincerely Stacie gives her opinion on Banned Books and on a recent attempted banning!

Wesley at Library Educated made me smile this morning with his Banned Book Week Word Search!

Nise at Under The Boardwalk shares two banned books that she is reading to her grandchild (yes… banned books for everyone!)

Becca at I’m Lost In Books gives us Lessons In Censorship with some FUN gifs included.

please note if you were scheduled for a post but do not see yours linked here it is because when I looked this morning the post was not up.  I will check again later and add you to tomorrows if they pop up.  🙂

 

Please look at my other posts this week as each day I have links to awesome bloggers sharing banned books – reviews, information, giveaways, and fun stuff!

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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And that’s it for now.  Back to the library I go…. I have about 9 more days of fairly business and then hopefully life can go back to a low simmer for awhile.  The craziness… takes it tole on me.

 

BANNED IN BOSTON (A Guest Post)

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My friend Andrea – Book Journey reader and big time supporter when it comes to encouraging emails this year, has written this post regarding Movies Made From Banned Books.  Please enjoy. 

 

Throughout history ideas have been suppressed by all kinds of people, and groups of all persuasions. They do this because they object to the expression of ideas which conflict with their own beliefs, or to silence those they disagree with – and the practice of censorship continues even now. According to the American Library Association parents challenge materials more often than any other group. After all, if you hear someone complain, even if you haven’t read or seen the thing they are complaining about, and they say they are trying to protect the kids…it’s all about the kids.
I am just old enough to remember the waning days of labeling books, records, films and other media as “Banned in Boston” which, by then, had almost become a guarantee of sales in other parts of the U.S. The vestiges of New England’s “Blue Laws” still existed: stores weren’t allowed to be open on Sundays, except for bodegas that sold gas. This was before movies had “ratings”, and you were lucky to even find a cinema open on Sunday that your family could go to together. After all, rules were rules.
7According to the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase (1988) the expression “Banned in Boston” dates to the 1920’s when the “long-established Watch and Ward Society of the so-called Hub of the Universe was forever getting the city censor to ban books from sale. Many publishers actively sought to have their books banned in Boston because they knew the label would increase their sales in the rest of the country…”
If you watch any older movies you’ve seen them: those movies that, in their heyday day, were fairly risqué, full of double entendre. Yes, movies and books have been “Banned in Boston” even before the 1920’s. As we view those films now, they seem pretty mild and some are even considered classics; and some of them actually began their existence as books, many of which were also banned at one time or place or another. Here are a few of them:

 
F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteAnimal Farm (1954)
The publication of George Orwell’s 1945 novel, Animal Farm, came at a time when Stalin was at the height of his reign in the Soviet Union. Orwell, clearly not a fan of Stalin’s leadership philosophy, had a difficult time finding a publisher for his book, because its content was satirical criticism of Stalin.
Since its publication, Animal Farm has been banned in the USSR, the United Arab Emirates, Cuba, and North Korea. Though adapted multiple times, but the one to watch (after you read the book) is the 1954 animated version by Joy Batchelor. Though it deviated from the source material, it’s an interesting and entertaining addition to the world of book-to-film adaptations.

 

 

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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
The Da Vinci Code, the best-selling 2003 novel by Dan Brown, introduced us to Robert Langdon and the idea that there is so much more than meets the eye in the world of Christianity. The novel struck the Catholic Church as offensive and the powers-that-be in Lebanon went so far as to ban it in that country. Its publication inspired controversy among critics, historians, and theologians. Ron Howard directed the 2006 movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou. Critics were as divided about the film but, ultimately, no matter where you stand on its content, at its core it’s a nail-biter of an adventure. [I liked his next book, Angels and Demons better, but I’m sure that will never be made into a movie]

 
F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteGone with the Wind (1939)
It didn’t take long for Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer-and National Book Award-winning novel, Gone with the Wind, to get snatched up by Hollywood. The epic tale was brought to the big screen by David O. Selznick and Victor Fleming. Its production was massive and often troubled, but following its release in 1939, the story, script, and star power (Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh) earned it ten Academy Award wins. The book has been challenged on and off over the years because of its realistic depictions of slavery and race issues, the latest iteration of this concerns the film’s repeated use of about the “N word.”
Easy A (Inspired by The Scarlet Letter) (2010)
In 2010, screenwriter Bert V. Royal teamed up with director Will Gluck to bring a (very loose) adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter, to the big screen. Together, they created a film that would join “Clueless” and “10 Things I Hate About You” in the Best Classic to Teen Dramedy Club (and would, simultaneously, launch the career of Emma Stone). The themes in Hawthorne’s novel – illegitimacy and adultery — were quite risqué for his time and led to its being challenged many times over the years. Many times the challenge came from the more conservative protestant churches as it also depicted a corrupt minister.

 
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Harper Lee’s now-classic 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, takes place in the early 1930’s in Alabama. Atticus Finch, respected attorney and father to Scout and Jem, takes on the defense of a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom has been accused of raping a white woman — and by defending him, Atticus is opening himself up to the scorn and threats of the locals in his predominantly racist Southern hometown. In spite of many efforts across the world to ban Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, most recently in 2013 in the U.S., it has sold more than thirty million copies. The 1962 movie adaptation, starring Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, and Robert Duvall, won three Academy Awards and was nominated for an additional five.

 
F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
In 1962, Ken Kesey published the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set in a psychiatric hospital in Oregon. The story is told from the perspective of Chief Bromdem, a Native American man assumed to be deaf and mute. Chief’s observations of, and insights into the mental and actual worlds of his fellow patients and the hospital staff are thoughtful. They most often focus on Randle Patrick McMurphy, a man who feigned insanity in order to serve a jail sentence in the psych ward rather than prison. The book has been challenged and banned multiple times across the country, and has been called “pornographic” and “garbage.” Milos Forman brought the book to screen in 1975 with an adaptation starring Jack Nicholson, Will Sampson, and Louise Fletcher. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead Actress, and Best Lead Actor.

 
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Spike Jonze’s 2009 adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, reportedly had the F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteperfect source material and the perfect screenwriter in Dave Eggers. The book, published in the early 1960’s, has been challenged over the years because of its dark subject matter – the fantasy world of wildness created by the young Max in his bedroom after he is sent there “without his dinner” – the book remains a perennial favorite of many parents.
Of Mice and Men (1939)
Almost from its publishing, this dark story by John Steinbeck has been adapted to movies, stage presentations and even as a Merrie Melodies cartoon. The best version according to critics and cineophiles alike reaches back to Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated 1939 adaptation. The book has been challenged over the years because of its”accurate” depiction of slavery in the United States.

 

 

F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteSophie’s Choice (1982)
William Styron’s 1979 novel, Sophie’s Choice, is the story of three people sharing living space in a Brooklyn boarding house in 1947. One of these three, Sophie, has survived the concentration camps that peppered the landscape of World War II. She carries with her the guilt from a decision she made at while interred. The novel has been challenged often due to its explicit sexual content. In 1982 director Alan J. Pakula adapted Styron’s novel for film, starring Meryl Streep, who earned her second life Oscar for her performance.

 
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J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1954 fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings, which began an epic trilogy, has been adapted in numerous iterations since its publication. When Peter Jackson decided to direct a brand-new trilogy beginning in 2001, however, all previous versions fell into the background as Jackson’s creative brilliance brought new life to the story, while respecting Tolkien’s source material. The entire trilogy has been challenged on grounds of being “irreligious.” Regardless, the first title in the series is, to date, one of the best-selling novels of all time. The real truth about Tolkien was that he was, in fact, a very religious person.
Being “Banned in Boston” in the 21st century doesn’t happen much anymore in this age of self-publishing and “Kindle singles”.

 

Negative publicity can reflect positively in sales. My question remains:

Why were books that make us think, and perhaps broaden our minds and cause us to think in new ways, be banned in a society that upholds free speech?

Morning Meanderings… Banned Aid

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Good morning!  Day 3 of BANNED BOOK WEEK!  I sit here this morning drinking tea as I bought this delicious coffee I can not wait to taste from Caribou Coffee and forgot that I had given away my coffee grinder because I never used it and now…

well…

the coffee will have to wait.

I have more great links for you this morning as friends around the bookish world share their thoughts on banned books today.  I just love these posts and find them so interesting!  I learn something every year!  So here are today’s posts:

Erin at Quixotic Magpie writes about one of my favorite and ironic banned books, Fahrenheit 451 (got to love a banned book about book burning!)  Brilliant really.

Julie at My Book Retreat is talking about a book I still want to/need to read:  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi  (I am going to look for this one at our library today!)

Sheree at The Electric Reader is chatting about Childhood Favorites of the Banned Variety.  Fun post!

*please note if you were scheduled for a post but do not see yours linked here it is because when I looked this morning the post was not up.  I will check again later and add you to tomorrows if they pop up.  🙂

 

AND do not forget to check out the posts from yesterday and Sunday.

A little later today my friend Andrea will have a guest post here about banned books.

 

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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Yesterday I put the Banned Book Window up in the library.  I think it turned out fairly well since I just grabbed a bunch of books off my own book shelves and made a few signs about why they were banned.  *As a banned book lover I tend to have A LOT of banned books on my shelves.

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And now I need to get ready to go back to the library and assist with set up for the sale that starts on Thursday.  SO MANY BOOKS.  Seriously…. It is a bit crazy how many books we will have at this sale.

 

Banned Meanderings… Yes. It Is That Time Again

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Good morning from Minnesota.  Day 2 of the Banned Book Week Already.  GAH!  How time flies… and I finished Gone With The Wind yesterday (more on that BANNED BOOK later).

We have some book lovers that want to share with you their thoughts on banned books.  Be sure to check them out as well as yesterdays entries as well.  Banned books are near and dear to my heart ad I think if you read the posts you will learn something fascinating about a book that you have quite possibly read.  Didn’t know you were a bad banned book reader did you?  Well…. you probably are.

Check out Janet at Writer’s Flow with I Read Banned Books And You Can You!

At Chaos Is A Friend Of Mine you can read an excellent review of the banned book Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.  I still need to read that one!

Debbie at The Friday Friends shares a personal banned book encounter and her enjoyment of the book The Changeling.  (You also have a chance to win a pair of banned book socks!)

At Kay’s Reading Life you will get a first hand experience of what it is like to work at a Library and handling the Banned Book questions of patrons!  She also features some pretty amazing banned books to read.

Melinda at MHDeanCollectibles tells us what the current top 10 banned books are  AND there is also a link to a Benned Book Giveaway hop!  Seriously?  How can you pass that up?

At Sally Whitney shares the right to read and why students should have the right to read The Kite Runner and The Bluest Eye. 

Lisa at Lit and Life talks about growing up with banned books

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All excellent posts – I read them myself and love love love the remarkable topics being discussed this year.  Spend a little time with your COFFEE CUP and explore these posts.  Educate yourself on our right to read.

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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So that’s it for this morning.  Set up for the Library’s fall book sale starts this morning and I am also setting the library window to banned book week as well.  SO….. off I go!

WHAT Banned book are you reading this week?

p.s.  I just realized this moment that I forgot to post It’s Monday What Are You Reading last night.  My bad.  Fell right out of my head.  Next week then…..

Morning Meanderings…. Banned Book Week Kick Off!

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Sunday.  COFFEE.  The first day of life beginning to simmer again.  With today being the first day of Banned Book Week (YAY!) and tomorrow starts the fall book sale set up leading to the book sale later in the week and then a big board meeting a week from Monday and Tuesday a meeting and Thursday of that week the Minnesota Library Association meeting and a day out-of-town….

lets just say things are about to get bookish.

And really – they have.  Welcome to Banned Book Week a week I LOVE being a part of and try to read books during that week that have been banned or challenged.

So today I am still listening to…

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Not only is this our October classic read for book club… it is also a Banned Book.

The Civil War epic which is often cited as one of the most beloved novels of all time was banned by a California school district for the book’s portrayal of slaves in the antebellum South and for the immoral behavior of its heroine, Scarlett O’Hara.

 

Just Google “Gone With The Wind Banned” and you will find a plethora of information on potential Gone With The Wind bannings – in book form AND in movie format as well.

But what does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission? ~  New York Post June 24th 2015

 

Yes – Gone With The Wind DOES use many words and references to African Americans that is not correct – not b a long shot.  Even I admit to cringing at parts – HOWEVER, while this is by no means acceptable now.  It was at the time.  AND like it or not… we can not change history.

So… I continue to read/listen to Gone With The Wind and I will watch the movie afterwards to get the fully rounded effect of a bucket list book – AND look forward to our book discussion.

 

Each year I offer other book reviewers, authors, etc to join me in reading a banned book during Banned Book Week.  I love the surprise that people have when they realize a beloved childhood read, or a favorite classic, or even a modern-day YA is on this list.  Banning is flatly – censorship.  And while I do not choose to read all banned books *cough cough 50 Shades of Gray cough cough*  I do not have any right to say that YOU can not read it.

See how that works?

So today – I have a few bloggers joining me to chat up Banned Books.  I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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A second mug will be given away from all the comments on banned book post participants posts this week including mine.

SO enough said…

Here are today’s participants.   Stop by.  check them out.  LEARN about banned books and READ them.

Brooke from Brooke Blogs:  The Right To Think For Ourselves and a Giveaway!

(There are a couple more but I do not see their posts up yet so will add them if they put them up)  🙂

 

A quote from a banned book page on Gone With The Wind:

To the book burners; to those who hide from the truth of history; to those who oppress out of ignorance and fear I can only say this: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

 

Enjoy your Sunday.  I am linking this to the Sunday Post as this is what I am up to today.  Listening to Gone With The Wind, canning a little bit, and maybe mowing this afternoon.  Here is a list to other banned classic reads.  I bet you cant read just one.

Morning Meanderings… Storms, Canning, and Miss Scarlett

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I am amazed how I can fill up my time.. so much that days go by and I realize I have not posted a thing.  So determined I am to keep my mind busy that I plan to post, and then before I know it, it is 5 pm and I need to plan dinner.  There is good and bad in this… the good is I am busy for sure. The bad is I know I fear a time when I am not.

For busy now – canning has preoccupied my time.  I have been busy processing tomatoes and enjoying it.  Yesterday I canned spaghetti sauce, salsa, pizza sauce, and 7 jars of pickles.

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Today I plan to do the same.

It is a stormy day outside – the good old thunder and lots of rain type.  It cramps my style a bit as I like to use my deck for the cutting of the tomatoes, but I can make do.  I am listening to Gone With The Wind now, having to set the book aside as I have no time to read, so have switched to audio and find I am really enjoying it as well as accomplishing my book club read while canning at the same time.

So… a quick update on my relationship with Scarlett, and Tara, and well.. the clan.

Currently, I have made my way into part 3.  Scarlett is still fretting around in her “Scarlett Scarlett Scarlett” attitude… ooh, a more self centered woman I do not think I have met.

I am finding however, in all the petty worrying about the lack of pretty clothes, judging all other women as homely or unkempt, her (still) attempts at winning Ashley’s heart and her belief that any man that pays her a lick of attention *cough cough Rhett cough* must surely want her passionately for marriage.  AND for that, I give Rhett credit for laughing in her face every time she inquires about it.  Oh Scarlett… still trying to add notches to her marriage proposal list while she complains about the down side of war (stinky wounded, needy people, having to work in the hospital, and a child that she admits she often forgets she has). I have to give author Margaret Mitchell credit… I am finding Gone With The Wind to be brilliantly witty and a take on the war that I have never heard before and admittedly…

enjoying it.

Tonight I have a city Library Board Meeting and prior to that I will change the window at the library to Banned Book Week, because yes, Banned Book Week is almost here!  If you have not already, please check out my Annual Banned Book Week Meme – it is fun, there are giveaways, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.  Join in!

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Join In For Banned Book Week! Great Discussion! Fun Prizes!

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One of my FAVORITE bookish weeks of the year is Banned Book Week.  Not only does it give me an excuse to dig into some excellent books… but it also is good to discuss censorship in our reading.  Who has the right to say that a book that is not for one person may not be the book another person absolutely needs to read?

Every year I find people who have not heard of banned books – OR have heard of them but did not think it was any longer ” a thing.”  Here is the definition of a banned/challenged book:

A book banning is the removal of those materials that someone protested. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, or stores,thereby restricting the access of others.

And yes…. it still happens.

You may be surprised by titles that have been banned or challenged…. most of the classics (Huck Finn controversy ring a bell?), Charlotte’s Web, The Lorax (yes… Suess),Hunger Games, Twilight, The Harry Potter series AND the Chronicles of Narnia books…. all things Hobbit… hopefully that is enough to peak your interest. 

So….. this will be my 5th year of hosting the Banned Book Week Event.  Please consider joining me in spending the week of September 27 – October 3, reading banned/challenged books.  You can find an excellent list to choose from here and here.  Certainly, there is something for everyone!

Banning books takes away our rights to read the books we wish to read.  As a banned book promoter I do not want to read every banned book.  For instance, I have no desire to read 50 Shades Of Grey.  However, that does not give me the right to say that you can not read it either.  See?  It is that simple. 🙂

Please Join Me!

As in the past years, I am looking for awesome people like YOU to join me during September 27 – October 3 to either:  share a favorite banned book post, read and review a banned book, write a post about why banning is wrong or a personal experience with a banned book in your area, post an interview with an author of a banned book, etc…  Sign up below and I will connect with you on the day that you are willing to post.  Banned Book Awareness is a great way to explore amazing reads and remind us that we have the freedom to read what we choose.

I will have posts here ever day Banned Book Week talking and reviewing banned books and yes there will be cool giveaways.  Grab the meme pic at the top of this post and tell others to come sign up here too!  I hope you consider joining in – it’s easy to do and you may just find a new book that you love!