We all have pet peeves, those things that drive us crazy for no good reason. Most of the time it's just a minor annoyance but when it comes to books they can drive us to distraction or possibly even to the point of throwing a book against the well. (Which I am sure is someone's pet peeve - book abuse!)
CNN and bloggers report that the body of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis of Fayetteville, NC, has been found. Earlier today 200 people searched for the child's body after police received a tip that she was dead, say news sources.
I am just posting my first hello to you guys. I have followed blogs for years, but have only reacently started my first few official blogs. I have private blogs and blogs filled with things I think others might enjoy. Just to put them out there, I have www.stuffpeoplebought.com and www.deadwalking.comThe first is about the random things people buy (which I find hillarious), and the second is about zombies.I hope people enjoy them.Thanks, I will be posting with you!...more
I first became aware of the buzz about Sapphire's debut novel Push in 1995 or 1996. The novel gained attention for its distressing storyline but possibly more because the novelist received a $500,000 advance, a sum unheard of in those days for a first novel. Well, unheard of except that another writer that year had received even more, Jacquelyn Mitchard.
I think we all have memories of books that we read when we were in our tweens. They were passed around from girl to girl, each one devouring it before passing it on to the next one in line. When I was about 11 or 12 years old the literary crack of choice was Christopher Pike.
I'm not sure why but it feels like my generation of readers have all gone nostalgic at the same time. Maybe it's the Twilight mania that is making us remember our own crackliture. It seems everywhere I turn these days I'm seeing remembrances and rereadings of Christopher Pike.
I like to think I'm an adventurous reader. Or at least a semi-adventurous one. But one thing that can stop me in my tracks is a big book. I mean a long book, the ones known in the book blogging world as "chunksters."
For the last few years there's been a "Chunkster Challenge" where bloggers committ to reading some of these big books. I find it comforting, even though I don't join (I suck at challenges), because it means that I'm not the only one that buys or borrows these books with the intent of reading them and then let them gather dust.
B&N's giving away a $100 gift card every day through December. I want one!From the site:The Barnes and Noble Inspiration Sweepstakes: To celebrate the launch of the new B&N Kids, we are giving away a $100 Barnes & Noble.com Online Gift Certificate every day through December 16th.http://barnesandnoble.promotions.com/inspiration/front.do...more
Lady Luxe stretches in her airplane seat but after almost seven hours of sitting in one place (with the occasional trip to the toilet which certainly shouldn’t count as exercise) she feels like bounding out of her seat and launching into a Jane Fonda aerobics routine. She smiles to herself, certain that the cute British guy beside her who is clearly bent on impressing her would join her if she did....more
[Updated: 10/24, 10:40 a.m. ET: Change.org has posted an action alert about this, complete with an easy automated message you can send to Scholastic.] Most of us with young children in public school know about Scholastic Book Fairs. Many of us remember them from our own childhoods. Now comes news that Scholastic has banned a book from the fairs because one of the characters has lesbian moms. (Thanks, Roger!)School Library Journal reports that Scholastic has refused to include Lauren Myracle’s new book Luv Ya Bunches (Abrams/Amulet, 2009), about the friendship among four elementary school girls, "because it contains offensive language and same-sex parents of one of the main characters, Milla." Myracle's books have been on the American Library Association's list of the top 10 most challenged books, cited for "offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group."In this instance, Myracle agreed to change some of the offensive language (mild stuff like "geez," "crap," "sucks," and "oh my God"), but refused to change the character's two moms:...more
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