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Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Everyone has been writing such great reviews for books that my TBR list is growing exponentially. Some of these books are yet the be released, others are just out, and some have probably been out for a while (and I’m just really slow).

Here is a short list of things I absolutely cannot wait to read:

After reading this review at The Compulsive Reader and seeing this book trailer, I can’t wait to read Impossible by Nancy Werlin.

 


 

Another review from The Compulsive Reader is for Let It Snow. I love Christmas and stories about Christmas, so I cannot wait to read this book. Plus, I really like the cover. Those red mittens look warm!

 

There is a great review of In Your Room by Jordana Fraiberg at The Page Flipper.

I read a review for Shift by Jennifer Bradbury but I can’t remember where. It sounds like a really great book. The Story Siren mentions it today in a New Reads post. Still want to read it!

Vanessa from What Vanessa Readswrote a great review for Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. I love snow globes, so of course I love the cover. The story sounds really good.

I loved The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and her newest book The Other Queensounds great, too! I read about it at Trashionista today.

Not to mention, I STILL have to write my review for Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl by Meg Cabot and have a bazillion books out from the library.

This whole working full time, going to school 3/4 time, and trying to keep up with books is hard!
I promise to write about Allie Finkle before the end of the week. I swear!

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I found this over at bookshelves of doom last week…L.M. Montgomery committed suicide. I have to say, I own two complete sets of the Anne of Green Gables books and have read the entire series. However, I never particularly liked the character Anne all that much. I prefered the TV show Avonlea and the characters from that. It is very sad about L.M. Montgomery, though.

Lost of new things are coming out that look good to read. The Story Siren always puts up really great lists.

Of course, it everyone is talking about Banned Books Week. You can find great posts about it at the following sites:
The Story Siren
bookshelves of doom
Guys Lit Wire
Maw Books Blog – There are a bunch of reviews for banned/challenged books over here lately. I picked this particular one because it specifically mentions Banned Books Week.
YA Fresh
Class of 2k8 This site will be looking at different banned/challenged books all week, so there is sure to be lots of great posts.
The Hidden Side of the Leaf

Now for a list of books I’ve read that are from the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000 from ALA.

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Blubber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Deenie by Judy Blume
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

That is a pretty good list. Some of those I had to read for high school and/or library school. Many of them I read because I wanted to, not even realizing people had problems with them.

I personally think it’s insane to want to ban books. I honestly can’t believe people feel that it is their duty to decide what everyone should be allowed to read based on what they feel is “right” or “not right.”

I think my favorite challenged book series is definitely Harry Potter, though. I can’t help it. I could just read those books over and over and over again. Surprisingly, I don’t worship the devil, either. Crazy, I know.

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A while ago I read a fantastic book called Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  I thought it was really funny and I found a lot of the things she wrote about were true to my life.  For instance, on the rare occasions I have potato chips, I always dig for the folded over ones. 

Anyway, the book mentioned you could drop a note to the author and the first 100 people got a copy of the book (or something…again this was a couple years ago so I can’t exactly remember).  Well, it was way to late for me to get anything out of sending an email, but I sent one any way because the book was great and I think authors work hard and probably like to hear that their work was worth it.

Fast forward to today and I have an email from Amy Krouse Rosenthal sharing this really awesome video.  I am posting it here because I think it’s worth watching.  So enjoy. 

I think I may also go back and re-read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and write a review.  So also look for that in the future.

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Not Book Related, But Funny

So this YouTube video isn’t book related, but I found it pretty amusing.

My favorite part is when he asks for clarification on what “teenage” means.

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More mixed feelings about another hitchhiker book.

And I have to agree, my feelings are mixed, as you read in my post from yesterday.

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Quote #7

It took people 10 years to figure out that while stuck in a morning commute, they could be listening to a book. –  Publishers Weekly, Paul Hilts

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Quote #6

You don’t look up truthiness in a book.  You look it up in your gut.  – Stephen Colbert

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