Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Meme: My Life as a Book

Here's a fun, little Meme I found at One A Day Y.A. However, she discovered it through Kittling: Books who discovered it through Pop Culture Nerd. So, pretty much, it's getting passed around.

The idea is to fill in the blanks with the name of a book you've read this year (Goodreads comes in handy!). You can add a few words in so the sentence makes sense. Make sure to include the author's name so people can look it up.

My Life As A Book

One time at band/summer camp, (I learned) How Not To Be Popular (Jennifer Ziegler).

Weekends at my house are Between Shades of Grey (when I have homework) (Ruta Sepetys).

My neighbor is Stepping on Roses (Rinko Ueda).

My boss is Bossypants (Tina Fey).

My ex was Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Maggie Stiefvater).

My super hero secret identity is The Girl Who Was On Fire (Leah Wilson).

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry because (I'm so) Dramacon (Svetlana Chmakova).

I'd win a gold medal in Love Untamed (JoAnn Chartier and Chris Enss).

I'd pay good money for All The Tea In China (Jane Orcutt).

If I were president, I would Bless Your Heart, Tramp (Celia Rivenbark).

When I don't have good books, (I feel) Lost At Sea (Bryan Lee O'Malley).

Loud talkers at the movies should be Hush, Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick).

Please leave a link if you do this! I'd love to see what you create :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Trisha's Book Blog Giveaway

Hey guys, take a moment and check out Trisha's Blog Book. She's giving away 12 books in a huge giveaway! Here's the direct link: http://trishasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/10/huge-giveaway.html

Review: Re-Gifters

Re-GiftersRe-Gifters by Mike Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read nearly all the MINX comics, and I've gotta say that the Re-Gifters and The P.L.A.I.N. Janes are my favorites from this imprint of DC comics (it had a lot of potential...wish it was still around).

Basically, the Re-Gifters is the story of a young Korean girl, "Dixie", her hapkido tournament, and the love triangle she gets caught up with, involving the boy she likes, the girl he likes, and the guy she never considered before. I really liked Dixie's character, because I felt like she was the right mix of sensitive teenage girl and tough hapkido student. I was actually surprised to learn the story was written by a guy, because he did a really good job at creating a realistic teenage girl. The romance wasn't overly gushy and, overall, the book had a classic teenage story feel, something like "The Karate Kid" meets "Pretty In Pink."

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Banned Book Poll Results

Someone requested for me to share the results of the optional poll/discussion question I asked on the Banned Book giveaway form. I hadn't planned on sharing, but I decided to after their suggestion, because I had some interesting responses.

Against Banned Books (Please Spread This Pic & The Text)

I had about 100 people enter the giveaway with 234 entries total with the bonus entries.

Most of the people who entered the giveaway had never been restricted from reading a book. I was glad to read that most of them were encouraged to read whatever they wanted.

Out of those people, however, I counted 16 who said a parent, guardian, or teacher had restricted them or currently restricts them from certain books. One person even wrote that a bookstore clerk had tried to stop them from buying a book and that their parent had to buy the book for them.

Yet, majority of the people who were restricted, also mentioned that their parents or guardians were right to withhold a certain book from them because it was too adult or sensual for them at the time that they wanted to read it. In other words, in hindsight, they now agree with their parents or guardians decision. I'm guessing that means most of them are old enough now to read whatever they want, and have, possibly, read or re-looked at the book they were restricted from.

Most of the people who responded didn't name the title of the book they were restricted from, but out of those who did, Harry Potter was the most listed. This makes me very sad :(. One person made a very good argument, an argument that I've wrote about before, that a parent or guardian shouldn't restrict their kid from reading a book based on hearsay. If they sit down and read through the book themselves and find it has something too adult or violent, or that their kid is too young to understand reality vs. fantasy, then that's different in my opinion. But, sadly, it seems that most parents don't want to take the time judge books for themselves. Since books don't have a standard rating system like movies and television, it's easier for a lot of people to go by what others tell them.

To those of you out there whose parents, guardians, or teachers are currently restricting you from a certain book, I'm sorry. If the book is truly interesting to you, I hope it will still be worth your while to go back and read it when you're older. If it's a good book, it'll still be awesome to you when your older. One person wrote that their parent didn't want them to read vampire books, but now they're able to read all the vampire books that they want. I can really identify with that, because my mom didn't like vampire books either. She didn't restrict me, but she complained about it a lot. However, now that I'm grown, she doesn't have the right to nag me anymore. Hang in there kids, it does get better!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Banned Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Karli who won our Banned Book Giveaway!

And thank you to everyone that entered. I wish I had enough copies to give you each one! I hope you'll check out The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian when you have a chance. It's a very unique and eye-opening book about the issues and hardships that Native American teenagers face. My family struggled after my dad died, so in some ways I could identify with the main character, Junior, and throughout the book I wanted to help his character out so badly. I thought the next best thing would be to raise awareness for the book and the real issues it explores.

I'd like to go further and say that I think it would make a great movie! And what better way to raise awareness than to tie a teen heart-throb to the role?

I hate to feel like I'm typecasting this guy, but I really think it would be a good role for him if he could pull it off. So far, he's played very macho types and I think playing a geeky character would be a good change for him.

Here's what I mean:
Well, maybe he'd look more geeky if it was for real.


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