Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trailer: I Am Number Four


So what do you think? Like? Dislike? I'm not to sure how I feel about this trailer. I've heard good things about the book and I really want to read it BUT I don't like the trailer too much. It just doesn't show as much as I had hoped it would. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Book Bloggers Speak Out: Listing of Giveaways and Posts



The wonderful Natalie at Mindful Musings started a Banned Book Week Kick off!

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.

Below is a list of links of bloggers speaking out against book banning and censorship--in the form of giveaways, posts, and reviews. Some are "officially" participating in what I'm calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that I've found around the blogosphere. If you get time, you should definitely check them out! 



Giveaways of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**


Other Giveaways

**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**



Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship



Authors Speak Out


Important Articles on the Subject

"Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" (the article that started it all)
"Republic School Book Choices under Fire" (Springfield News-Leader)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: September 24-27, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

It's that time again! The great Book Blogger Hop is back! What is the Book Blogger Hop you ask? Here's a short overview from Crazy For Books, the host.

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!

This week's question:
When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?

In the past, I used to read the book and then write the review. I'm come to learn that it's really hard for me. First, I tend to start another book as soon as I finish one so I forget what I wanted to say in my review. I'd have to look back and try to remember everything. Not fun, let me tell you! So now I take notes on all the books I read about what I want to say in my review. It's helping a lot! 


So all you have to do is link your blog and hop around and visit other peoples blogs! It's a lot of fun and a great way to discover new blogs, bloggers and more!
So get hopping.

Click HERE to start hopping!

And if you leave your blog URL or a link, I'll make sure to visit your blog as well! It might take me some time, but I WILL VISIT YOUR BLOG!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Deathly Hallows Part 1 trailer!

OH MY GOD! THIS IS SIMPLY AMAZING! AND IT'S ONLY PART ONE! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!


"Waiting On" Wednesday (31)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Where She Went 
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: April 19th 2011

It’s been three years since Adam’s love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it . . . and three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future—and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, powerful prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

Title: Where the Truth Lies
Author: Jessica Warman
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 28, 2010

On the surface, Emily Meckler leads the perfect life. She has three best friends, two loving parents, and the ideal setup at the Connecticut prep school where her father is the headmaster. But Emily also suffers from devastating nightmares about fire and water, and nobody knows why. Then the enigmatic Del Sugar enters her life, and Emily is immediately swept away—but her passionate relationship with Del is just the first of many things that aren't quite what they seem in Emily's life. As the lies she's been told start to unravel, Emily must set out to discover the truth regarding her nightmare; on a journey that will lead her to question everything she thought she knew about love, family, and her own idyllic past.

An Apology and News

Ok, so I haven't been blogging a lot lately. I haven't posted a IMM in like 3 weeks and I'm sure I've got close to 25-30 books that I can post about...yeah!


My main distraction? School! I was going to post an IMM last weekend BUT I ended up doing a project all weekend...on Sunday night BEFORE school, I went to bed at 3 A.M.! Yeah, at 3 A.M. before frekin' school the next day! I was beyond exhausted on Monday and therefore, I bought two bars of chocolate that the ROTC was selling for fundraising! Milk chocolate (YUM!) and Carmel and Chocolate (DOUBLE YUM!) and that still didn't help.


And life's been pretty hectic too! I'm MORE into writing my book that I've ever been before and that's party because of my AWESOME Creative Writing teacher. 


Oh and there's a whole bunch new news around the net:



  • Ally Condie's Matched film rights have been sold! HERE is the article! 



There's a lot more news! Check out Wasterpaper Prose's Tweet News to read about more! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

The One Lovely Blog Award


Thank you to Brooke and May for giving me this award! 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

SPEAK LOUDLY!

Okay, I’m saying this now. I’m incredibly pissed. As a HUGE fan of Laurie Halse Anderson and a high school student, I was ANGERED at this post by a HEROUNDEOUS MAN. I was shocked and appalled at this. I read some of his article, but I just about threw my laptop away SO I didn’t finish it. I’m sorry if that’s wrong but I just COULDN’T DO IT!

And seriously dude, I don’t need you to tell me what I should read and shouldn’t read. Leave that up to my parents. THAT’S THEIR JOB NOT YOURS!

Laurie is one of the best realistic authors that I know. She’s not afraid to write about the REAL things. Like her book Wintergirls. That book was so intense, it scared me. There were so many times that I stopped reading that book. The times she cut herself, didn’t eat, her thoughts. I think the big reason for this was because I know friends who are anorexic and bulimic but I’ve never really gone into depth about it. In school they tell us the affect and make us watch videos. No one really gets in our faces and tells us what it really is like. Well Mrs. Anderson did just that. She went out and told the truth. The REAL truth. How life really is. So who the hell are you, Mr. Scroggins, to say that this book is “filthy and immoral.”? Have you been to a high school lately? You should go. I think you’ll be VERY surprised as to what you find.

I’m a high school sophomore and believe me; I’ve seen my share of these things. I’ve even heard of girls who’ve gotten raped. IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. It’s not like they went out and asked the get raped. Damn it, one of the girl’s was raped by her boyfriend. Now, tell me HOW WAS THAT HER FAULT?

What kind of sicko refers to rape as 'softcore pornography.'? No, I’m not kidding, I really want to know. Reading this, it made my inside turn. Worst of all, I had just had a really yummy lunch that I wanted to throw up. Yes, rape is immoral and all but it is NOT 'softcore pornography.' And as for that matter, who the hell are you to know what 'softcore pornography' and rape is anyways?

After reading the synopsis for the first time, I looked at the title: SPEAK. One word. You know the saying “Actions speak louder than words.”? See notice the SPEAK in the sentence. I realized that this book wasn’t just for us readers. It was for all those girls out there (believe me, there are a lot of rape victims) who had gone through all of this. What Melinda was going through. I think Laurie was trying to tell them that it wasn’t their fault. It told them to talk about it. SPEAK up. Don’t hide because you don’t have to be scared anymore. Melinda, in the story, comes out and tells her story and I felt that it was truly amazing of her. It’s really sad though. Most rapes go unreported and so the real person at fault doesn’t pay for it. The victim does. Every day, every night of her (or his) life. I’ve spoken to a girl who’s been raped before. She told me that this is one of those memories “That will be etched in my heart and soul forever. I’ll never be able to forget it. No matter how much it hurts.” That by the way is an actual quote. When someone tells you something like that, it’s likely that you won’t forget it.

Banning this book would be a really bad thing. You wanna know something? Last year, at the beginning of school, I went to my library to check out SPEAK. Did I get it? No, I didn’t. Why? Because it was already checked out. And every time I went back, it wouldn’t be there. “It’s been checked out.” Was what the librarian told me. I hadn’t really thought of placing a request for it so I didn’t. And that was why I didn’t get to read SPEAK for my 9th grade. That has to tell you something. NOT only had many of my friends read and LOVED this book, so had the librarians. They told me I just had to read it. And why not? It really is a great book. So banning it is going to take the awareness out of rape. More victims need to report these things but they can’t if they don’t have some help. I believe that reading this book would help them, you know? SPEAK is not simply words on paper that is printed in the form of a novel. SPEAK is a message to all the girls. Actually, no, it’s to everyone. HAVE YOU HEARD HER POEM ON SPEAK? Laurie’s really reached out to people and I almost cried reading this. Not only that but I heard some time ago that the girl who got raped and whose quote I used earlier had committed suicide. In her letter, she said that she had had enough and she couldn’t go on living like this. Her parents and family and friends were devastated. Afterwards, we all found out that her rapist was an extended family member. Now how much do you think that hurt? 

I would so love to know why this guy is angry at Laurie for writing about rape in teenagers lives BUT NOT AT THE FACT THAT TEENAGERS ARE GETTING RAPED! Do you not know that teens are having sex (please not I didn't say ALL TEENS, I just said teens). Girls are getting pregnant, even in the 8th grade or YOUNGER? Why aren't you talking about that? Why is it that one author writes such a great book and then you just have to say that it's pron? Mr. Scroggins, let me tell you this. I see more and more pregnant girls at my school every week. I hear more about sex and drugs and drinking. What about that?

*EDIT*And I don't think I really talked about eating disorders, family problems, teenage drinking, and attending parties. As mention above, I'm a sophomore in high school. A few days ago, I leaned that a FRESHMEN in my class drinks. Yeah, like beer and stuff. I asked him why he does it and all he did was shrug. Now I was shocked because he just looked so...calm an put together. He's also  VERY SMART kid and I hated not being able to do anything but sit there and watch him. Who knows what happens at his house? None of us know EXACTLY why a 14 year old drinks. Only he does. Books like SPEAK help kids like him SPEAK OUT!

Then there's this girl in my class and we were talking about therapists and she mentioned that she went to see one. I didn't believe her so I asked her if she really went. She said yes. I asked why, and she said family problems. That's not to bad, your thinking. But it was. It was horrible. Why? Because of the look in her eyes. She looked shattered, sad, depressed. She is one of the most energetic people I know. She's alway laughing or smiling. How could she be so sad? Then I began to wonder if maybe her happy, smiling face was just for show? So people wouldn't know what really goes on in her life. Or maybe being at school and with her friends is where she is really happy? I don't know any more than this but I'm just guessing. Books like SPEAK help kids like her SPEAK OUT!


He also talked about how Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler having strip beer pong and safe sex and drinking at parties. Ok, I'm a teenager, so let me enlighten all of you people: THIS DOES HAPPEN TO TEENS. TEENS TO PLAY STRIP BEER PONG AND HAVE SAFE SEX AND DRINK AT PARTIES! OH, AND TEENS DO DRUGS AND ARE IN GANGS AND SMOKE. Go that now? Okay, good! This book is about GRIEF. It's about moving on and finding yourself and knowing who you are and who you want to be. I loved this book a lot. Sarah was able to incorporate a teen's heartbreak in such a powerful, well written novel and I applaud her for that. 


Eating disorders are also a HUGE part of our society today! I know many girls who are bulimic and anorexic and it's just plain sad. Many girls are influence by all the super skinny "hot" models that all the guys fawn over. Every girl wants a guy to like her so if that's what it take, why not? But it's wrong and destructive and some girls just don't understand that. Then there are the girl who do understand and want to stop...but they can. So if a book like SPEAK is going to help them, WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM THEM? A girl I knew was in band class when she just fell over. I don't remember what it was but "anorexic" came up a lot. She really was skinny and pale but I'd never thought of that. 
  

*sigh* I think I'm done for now.


HERE is Laurie's take on all of this. So support her guys! 

Here is Laurie reading her poem LISTEN:


Here are some other blog posts I've found about this:
And go one Twitter use the #SpeakLoudly Hash tag to support Laurie @halseanderson 


For those of you who are interested THIS is the post we're all so upset (pissed off...use anything!) 
 
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