Frequently Banned or Challenged Books

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I honestly never thought of books being challenged or banned.  In my personal world, I’ve never been restricted in what I read.  So, when I saw this challenge, I thought I would give it a shot and see what could possible cause this books to be challenged.  I could see some of the reasons, but nothing that would ever stop me from reading (or keeping my children from reading them in the future).  I read…

  • Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Alice in Rapture, Sort Of by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Catcher in the Rye is probably one of the most frequently challenged books overall.  Phyllis Reynold Naylor is one of the most challenged authors of this decade.  Her Alice series is often challenged as whole.  House of the Spirits was the only one that I felt was overly graphic about anything.  I found nothing wrong with Bridge to Terabithia and Slaughter House Five.

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Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BestSellers Challenge

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This challenge was to open up to books that are popular that I haven’t read.  I was extremely glad I did this challenge because I found my favorite book of the year this way!  Sadly, I finished this challenge before I started my blog.  So here is what I read…

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Rise and Shine by Anna Quidlen
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  • The Shack by William Young

Can you guess which book takes the top spot for the year?  Of course it was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I can’t believe I had never heard of this series.  I plan on finishing this series in the coming year!  The Kite Runner was also awesome.  The Shack was pretty good as well.  At Home in Mitford and Rise and Shine were just ok.  I don’t think I will be seeking anything else by those author unless I run out of things to read.

Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa De La Cruz

Revelations (Blue Bloods, #3)

Title: Revelations
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Published: October 2008 by Hyperion
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781423102281
Source: Library Book

Description:  Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They’re powerful, they’re famous… they’re undead.
Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question–is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

Somewhere along the way, I forgot this book was about vampires.  That’s not a bad thing, because it makes for an interesting twist on vampires and angels.  And, this was the best in the series so far.  Jack and Schuyler true relationship kind of surprised me.  And it was even more surprising to watch Mimi’s reaction.  I expected more fireworks from that.  It was sad to watch Oliver through all of this.  His character is growing on me.  The ending was quite the showdown and left me hanging.  I’m intensely intrigues by what Bliss really is.  I can’t wait to get the next installment and hope it brings some closure to this part of the series.

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers (Modern Library Classics)

Title: The Three Musketeers
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Published: First published in 1844
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9780375756740
Source: Library Book

Description:  First published in 1844, Alexandre Dumas’s swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of D’Artagnan , a gallant young nobleman who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to join the ranks of musketeers guarding Louis XIII. He soon finds himself fighting alongside three heroic comrades, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, who seek to uphold the honor of the king by foiling the wicked plots of Cardinal Richelieu and the beautiful spy “Milady.”
As Clifton Fadiman reflected, “We read The Three Musketeers to experience a sense of romance and for the sheer excitement of the story. In these violent pages all is action, intrigue, suspense, surprise and an almost endless chain of duels, murders, love affairs, unmaskings, ambushes, hairbreadth escapes, wild rides. It is all impossible and it is all magnificent.”

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I’ve only seen the Disney version (the one with Kiefer Sutherland) of this book, so thought I might enjoy it for my classics challenge.  Boy, was I surprised.  It was not an easy read.  It’s large and cumbersome.  I didn’t have to force my way though it, just had to take my time.  I was most shocked by the differences.  I was under the impression that D’Artagnan was a follower and more of the type to get into trouble.  He’s actually more of the leader in this book.  The musketeers aren’t as valiant and courageous as I thought.  More along the lines of men who like their women and their wine, and prefer to haggle their way to getting them for free.   There wasn’t as much suspense, intrigue, coercion, and backstabbing as I anticipated.  I was glad when I finished it, but happy I read it.

Published in: on December 29, 2009 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

First off, this is hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  If you would like to participate, just head on over and join the fun!

Read Last Week:

  • The Queen’s Mistake by Diane Haeger
  • Alice in Rapture, Sort Of by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Currently Reading:

  • Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

To Read This Week:

  • The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
  • and if I have time I WILL  FINISH Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.  I’ve been reading this for 2 months and really want to finish it!
Published in: on December 28, 2009 at 10:18 am  Comments (2)  
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Son of a Witch (Wicked Years #2) by Gregory MaGuire

Son of a Witch: A Novel (Wicked Years, #2)

Title: Son of a Witch
Author: Gregory MaGuire
Published: October 2006 by Regan Books
Pages: 337
ISBN: 9780060747220
Source: personal copy

Description:  Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended to at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts. What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba’s son? He has her broom and her cape—but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz that, since the Wizard’s departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I will admit that I was not an instant fan of Wicked.  It took the second reading for me to be fully engaged in it and not completely confused.  Maybe that’s the case here as well.  Nothing about this book felt similar to the first.  It was even more confusing.  The characters don’t feel the same nor does the land of OZ (but then there is no Wizard…).   The first half to 2/3 of the book drag on.  All the action occurs in the end, and then it’s over.  I didn’t particularly like Liir.  He was a wishy-washy character, and never firmly stood his ground on anything.  In the end, he seemed to develop some character.  But, it was too little too late.  I will probably read the latest in the series A Lion Among Men, but only because the library has it.


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Merry Christmas from my house to yours!  Hope you have a wonderful Holiday!!

Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 5:00 am  Comments (1)