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Hi everyone! Welcome to my 4 years of blogging blogiversary – this is the actual day, June 9th, when I officially became a blogger.
I never dreamed when I started writing reviews on line in 2009 that 4 years later I would still be doing it. Blogging has really changed my life in positive ways that I would never have expected :
- Writing reviews for a local magazine
- being on a Twin Cities Panel
- Going to the Book Expo for the past 4 years
- Becoming President of The Friends Of The Library
- Being on the city board for the library
Now you might think that some of these things I would have done without the blog but I dot think that is true. Through this community of bloggers I have learned the value of reading and sharing what we read. I have also read post after post of libraries and book stores closing, so I have become an even stronger advocate for the written word. All that I owe to this little space on the internet that I call Book Journey.
For those of you who have come to my party the last few years, the basics are pretty much the same… to be entered for the great giveaways (pictured below), simply leave me a comment here telling me how you traveled to the party, and what virtual gift or food item you brought with you: For example, you may have rollerbladed to the party and brought with you foot long licorice vines … (really be as crazy as you want… I love the fun imaginative comments!) For a little bonus if you would like to share how long we have known each other (blog or otherwise) and if you are brand new to the house of Book Journey – feel free to share that too! I love new friends!
My party will go for 24 hours so this post will go up at 12:01 am on June 9 (central time) and stay up until midnight. Every comment will be entered into the random drawings and winners (using random.org)will be announced here on Monday morning on Its Monday What Are You Reading Post.
Your comment will go into a drawing (using random.org) for one of the following packages:
♥Thank you readers, you make this blog a whole lot of fun! I am so excited to celebrate with you. I have cleaned the house and set out the “red solo cups” and have the punch on ice…. just waiting to see who will be knocking on my door…
wait! There’s a knock! Who could it be?
*opens door and looking surprised!*
Hi everyone, This coming Sunday June 9th is my 4 Year Blogiversary and I am asking each of you to please save the date and stop on by this Sunday. Each year I have a lot of fun with the blogiversary post and each year there are BIG FUN giveaways here to celebrate. Mark your calendar and be sure to stop by and see one of the biggest posts on the blog each year. Its going to be AWESOME and I want you to be a part of that awesomeness
See you there!(see my 2012 Blogiversary here to get an idea of what will be happening )
Ok, I just had to get the “S” word out-of-the-way so I could move on to better things. You have not heard a peep out of my on this site in days. From Thursday afternoon (after work) on, I have been at The Brainerd Library sale helping with the sale. I was there 5 hours on Thursday, 12.5 hours on Friday, and 9.5 on Saturday. 27 hours surrounded by books, helping people with books, talking books, looks for certain books, hauling books out to cars, straightening books, toting empty boxes to the basement…. if it was bookish… I probably did it in the last 3 days.
Let me start with Thursday morning when the sale opened…
My friend Wendy (you will see here waving in the pictures) and I were in the Library parking lot by 6:15 am Thursday morning. (TRADITION!!!!) Yes, the library sale does not open up until 9:00 am and yes, it is true that it was 8 below zero on Thursday morning but it is a book dorky thing I like to do so whatever.
We sat out the chairs and then we ran (yes ran!) to sit in Wendy’s vehicle sipping coffee, catching up, and enjoying the heated seats. :D It was about 7:00 am when the next car pulled into the parking lot – a guy who is always at the sale and I know as Tom showed up in full “ready to sit outside in 8 below zero weather gear”. Wendy groaned “oh no, now we have to go sit in those chairs to hold our place in line!” I told her, “No, wait – I know this guy, let me talk to him.” So out into the FREEZING air I went to talk with Tom. Once he heard my wheezy voice (yup, still battling that sinus infection) he said he would hold our spots and I scurried back to the car ever grateful. Not only did Tom hold our spots… but he gave numbers to those who came after him so they too could go back to their cars and stay warm too.
At about 30 minutes before “GO TIME!” Wendy and I went to stand in line and chat it up with the other books lovers (really one of my favorite things to do at the sales). Everyone, despite the cold, was in such good spirits.
The awesome Library then let us form our line inside due to the cold (I can’t remember exactly but I think someone said it was the coldest day in March in like 60 years…. I believe it!) SO inside this jolly little crew went, and at that time – thanks to Tom’s numbers, we knew we had 48 people in the line.
At 9 am the doors opened to the sale and in we went. I had to get to work and I did not feel well enough to get down and crawl through boxes like I usually do but at 50 cents a book I still spent $20. Over the next two days of working the sale I would spend another $16. (Do not judge…. )
So – on to the books…. Here is what I brought home:
and then a few special ones –
Two old Nancy Drews (I collect her) and yes, I do own The Help…. but, (and this is a book geek thing)…. not with this cover. :razz:
Oh come on, have you not ever bought a good book just to own it in with a different cover? No? Just me? Too much?
So that is where I have been and what I have been doing. I feel wiped out today but not as tired as I was yesterday. Yesterday was the $2 a bag of books sale and it was soooooo busy and by the time we closed up I was merely fumes of my former self. BUT – I have to tell you, what a blast and what a fun group of volunteers I spent time with this week.
SO in honor of the book sale, put below in the comments one of the books that you see here that you would like (*not including the last picture). On Tuesday I will use random.org to choose a winner and I will send you that book.
Have a great start to your day everyone – I am off to get ready for church and then think I will lay low most of today re-energizing to start another busy week tomorrow.
I didn’t mean to be “non postal” today and actually had a great post planned but my day turned out busier (in a good way!) when I thought and between phone calls and hanging out with Justin I have putzed the morning away and well, finally writing a little something.
As you can see by the title of this post, it is my birthday…. and as you can see in the picture, I received a wonderful book on my birthday from the amazing Beth Hoffman, her newest title and so SSSSQQQUUUUEEEEEE worthy I had to show you. I cant wait to get into it and thank your Beth!
And since I love to do giveaways to celebrate anything.. today I am doing a giveaway for the book SHRED Revolutionary Diet which I really enjoyed reading through. I wrote that review on the Team Kickin It site and to enter the giveaway please leave a comment on the review, and for a bonus chance, leave one here as well.
As for me, I think I will be off mostly all day. Justin and I are going to a late dinner and a movie and I may join up with friends later tonight. It will be a great day
Good morning! It is Saturday and I feel like I am recovering from some extreme event. In truth, although I was gone all day yesterday it was nothing that extensive. I got up at 5 am yesterday to drive my friend Connie to the cities for her doctors appointments. We did not get back into town until 8 pm last night and all the way home traffic (on a Friday after 5) AND construction knocking it down to one lane… made our 2 hour and 15 minute drive almost 4 hours. After arriving home, I was wiped out and was in bed by 9:30 pm.
Before I get into the awesomeness of banned book week – I want to take a brief moment and add a couple pictures for Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot which I love to participate in when I have some pictures I want to share and this morning…I do.
Here is what I woke up to this morning:
Yes. SNOW. :shock: Now you can fall into one of two camps here:
Camp 1. Yeah Sheila, its just a little snow , it will be gone by noon! Suck it up – its pretty.
Camp 2. Oh no, that’s horrible don’t you have a bike ride tomorrow? Snow SUCKS!!!!
Ok, Camp one… you may exit the blog now… nothing here for you to see, obviously you do not know how I feel about snow.
Camp two, you are my people. Thanks you for feeling my pain and yes, I do have a bike ride tomorrow with friends in Mankato on my ROAD BIKE. The snow… must go away.
Alright – that is it for the pitty party because it is the final day of Banned Books week and I am a little bummed about that. This week I had the opportunity to read some great books that are on that list: PREP, Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Giver, The Chocolate War, The LORAX and watched the last Harry Potter movie. All of what I just mentioned has been banned or challenged somewhere in the world. AND there have been a whole ENORMOUS team of awesome bloggers who have helped out this week by also reading and reviewing banned books and posting about them and offering giveaways and seriously – a good good time.
Here is today’s posts by these bloggers. I hope you can check out what they have to say, many of them are having giveaways to go with their posts:
Laurel from Rainy Days And Mondays fantastic post on The Catcher In The Rye was linked wrong yesterday so I am bringing it back today.. She is also having a book giveaway. Please check it out!
Will from Henderson’s House Of Cards shares a brilliant post called “If I Were A Banned Book”
Erin from Quixotic Magpie wrote a review of The Awakening and is offering a book giveaway!
Julie from My Book Retreat shares about the banned/challenges books of the Junie B Jones series. Julie is also having a book giveaway!
Liza from Reading With ABC is talking about Forever by Judy Blume and offering up a book giveaway!
Marie from The Boston Bibliophile is discussing The Handmaids Tale (one I need to read!) and giving a book giveaway!
Rachel from Resistance Is Futile has posted some interesting titles this week and today she talks about Roll Of Thunder, Hear Me Cry by Mildred D Taylor
Kristin from My Little Heart Melodies wrote about The Things They Carried, a book that has graced my shelf a long time and I still need to get to.
Marj from In Library Paradise shares about The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and has a book giveaway!
Priya from The Faceless Author shares her thoughts on child sacrifices in the Hunger Games – she is giving away one of her custom made comic strips!
Sue from Great Books for Kids and Teens shares a YA review of The Chocolate War
Sue also posts at Book By Book and shared about Brave New World Today. A book I am still hoping to read this year!
That is today’s line! I hope you can visit them – if your Saturday is cold and damp like mine why not grab a second (or third cup of coffee or cocoa) and check out some of these posts. You may be surprised what you learned about why these books were challenged. AND for that matter, dont forget the posts from earlier this week as well – many of them have giveaways that will end after today so get in on those deals – some of the giveaways are truly “drool-worthy” and I have been checking them out and tweeting about them all week.
Here are easy quick links to get to those posts:
I am refilling my coffee now and going to check out these links and posts. Later today I will pack up the jeep for my trek to Mankato where I will stay with friends tonight, tomorrow ride my bike in the Mankato Ramble and then I am hanging out with College Son all day Sunday and staying at his place and coming home Monday morning. I will be posting throughout the weekend as Laptop will be making the journey with me.
Thank you to everyone who posted about banned books this week. Thank you to everyone who read these posts and learned something new about banned books and thank you for a great week. I have had a blast and really wish it was two weeks long… I have two more banned books checked out from the library I have not even started yet!
Any plans this weekend for you?
Here we are on day 6! It has been a really exciting week.
Belle from Book Belle is going to talk about banned YA books and offer up a $20 gift card!
Mandy from Well Read Wife is reviewing Go Ask Alice with a cool banned book T shirt giveaway!
Rebecca from The Key To The Gate is discussing The Grapes Of Wrath and offering a new book giveaway!
Jenna from Lost Generation Reader is going to host a banned book giveaway!
Will from Henderson’s House Of Cards talks about Characters he wants to meet.
Julie from Diary Of A Word Nerd is going to talk about The Kite Runner (AMAZING READ!) and BOOK GIVEAWAY!
The AWESOME Laurel from An Interior Journey is chatting up The Catcher In The Rye and offering up a book giveaway!
Erin from In Real Life is going to talk about how banned books have impacted her life with a bookmark giveaway!
Rachel from Resistance Is Futile is going with a FAVORITE of mine, Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone (SSQQUUEEE!!!)
I am out of town today, doing a little research in the cities but as I get time I will be popping in throughout the day
In a quick recap – here are the past weeks posts and giveaways that you will not want to miss…. each comment on one of these posts (including mine) enters you into the grand prize banned book drawing!
Day five! I hope you have been enjoying these posts and finding them informative. I am having a blast working with all these awesome bloggers who have put forth their thoughts on banned books and many with giveaways too! Before I list today’s participants remember at the bottom this post I am listing the four previous days participants as well and these are DNM (Do Not Miss) posts! There has been a lot of great banned book reviews and I have entered some of the awesome giveaways as well!
Ok lets see who is up today and what they have to say…
The AWESOME Natalie from Coffee and a Book Chick is sharing today about The Chocolate War and hosting a book giveaway!
Sweet Florinda from The 3 R’s Blog (and I as well!) will be reviewing The Chocolate War, she read it and I listened to it on audio. Check out my post later because oh yes, there will be chocolate!
The amazing Cass from Bonjour Cass will be sharing her thoughts about banning children’s books and she will host a book giveaway as well!
** so I am going to break in here to share a fun fact about these 3 above bloggers. I have all three of them in person in New York. I had dinner with Natalie and Florinda and I have went to the broadway play, Mary Poppins with Cass.
Kendal from Kinx Book Nook is sharing thoughts on The Color Of The Earth, a fantastic looking book!
Shannon from I Run, Teach, Read is posting about an old favorite of mine, Little House On The Prairie. Yup. A banned book. Check out her post to find out why it was banned. She is also hosting a giveaway.
Tara at Finding Wonderland is reviewing Catcher In The Rye with a book giveaway!
Johnathon Of The Rogue Scholar has taken on Brave New World along with a book giveaway. (Oh and I am loving his style for his giveaway… just saying )
Kai from A Fiction State Of Mind is reviewing LUSH and having a gift card giveaway!
Michelle from The True Book Addict is sharing thoughts on The Girl With The Pearl Earring!
Tracy at Uncharted Parent is posting on The Color Of The Earth (I must get this book!)
Wendy at Musings Of A Bookish Kitty is going to talk about a book called Blankets. I love the cover of this one and I want to know more about it.
Katie from Book Addict Katie is chatting up To Kill A Mockingbird and offering a book giveaway!
Stacy from A Novel Source is reviewing The Dead Zone and having a book giveaway (I never get tired of book giveaways… just saying )
And do not forget the posts earlier this week with great info and tons of active giveaways!
Dont forget I am offering up a Banned Book Package with a gift card! By commenting on any (or all) of the posts on banned books I have linked this week – including my own, you are entered… that means one entry per comment so go, learn about these great books – and have some fun!
SO that’s todays offerings. :D I am working today but an going ot the library to help with their E Book launch this morning which may be fun. :D I know I have a banned book ot two to pick up as well, so double duty. :D Out weather has turned MUCH COOLER this week which is not making me too thrilled as I have a 50 mile bike ride this coming Sunday in Mankato, MN.
What book are you reading today?
Day four of banned book week already! Are we having fun? Have you learned anything about banned books this week? (Hang on to that question – I am going to ask again at the end of this post.
So… let me dig through the videos… what can we show today. Hang on, I need to pull some footage off the top shelf….. there. Ok, here we go:
And there are the amazing bloggers who have banned book posts and giveaways to celebrate today:
Gina At Book Dragon’s Lair comes today with her thoughts on The Absolute True Diary Of A Part Time Indian
Suey from Its All About Books is going to talk to us about Slaughterhouse Five (I haven’t read this one yet!) and a book giveaway!
My buddy Ryan from Reading In Taiwan wrote a great post of Fahrenheit 451 and a discussion on the ban.
Kristi from Kristi Loves Books is going to chat about The Lord Of The Flies (creepy title!) and a book giveaway!
Rachel from Resistance Is Futile is back with Blood and Chocolate.
April from Reading To Write is talking The Land Of The Painted Caves
Crys from Book Em! is discussing SPEAK or Part Time Indian and I cant wait to see which one! AND a book giveaway!
Sharon from Sharon’s Garden Of Book Reviews is going to discuss Hunger Games and do a book giveaway!
Stephanie from On Page And Screen is up today for American Psycho and a gift card giveaway!
Mine, The Giver with a copy to give away (get that? The giver? Then I give a copy…. LOL )
And dont forget the past three days of posts and giveaways that are still going on:
Also, if you are enjoying banned book week, make sure that anytime you stop and check out Bonnie’s Banned Book Blog . Bonnie posts reviews about banned books all tear long and when I am organized (ummmm…. not currently) I post my banned book reviews there as well.
Ok, I need to get ready for work but I will be back this afternoon to posy another banned book review and… some fun
Have you learned anything about banned books this week?
Jonas lives in a world where there is no poverty, no sickness, and no thought or dream that is left unturned by his elders. In Jonas futuristic world, children are given privileges and assignments by age. At 9, you earn your bike… your transportation. At 12, which is where Jonas is at, you are assigned your life career bu the elders of the community. While Jonas anxiously wonders what he will be – and hopes he likes what is chosen for him…
Jonas is assigned a position that was considered an honor position, he would be The Receiver Of Memories. At first, this seems pretty cool. Jonas is given rights that others (even the elders) have never been given. While being trained by the elderly man “The Giver” who has maintained the position for years, Jonas is allowed to ask questions that in other places would be rude, but as the Receiver, he had privileges and rights. He is given the right to see and posses all the memories through the history of his world and he soon learns he can go back in this new memory and see birthday parties (something he had never seen!) and scents, and families, and the word love… but he also sees war, and learns the truth about his world, a truth he does not wish to know…
and now he has to decide if he can live with knowing…
Why did I want to read this book? This is another book that has graced my shelves for years…. I knew this was a book that I must read, but I had not. Now, during Banned Book Week, the title came up on the list and I knew it was time. I chose the audio version as it is a little over 4 hours long and worked well into my schedule – I could listen while cooking and cleaning.
I admit, I am always a little nervous on older titles that deal with “futuristic” scenarios. I never have enjoyed sci-fi, but let me stand before you.. corrected. The Giver is dystopian before dystopia novels were cool. Or, more accurately, before we knew dystopia novels were cool. I picked up themes of The Hunger Games, and Divergent…. two books I really enjoyed.
And another thing. The Giver, although the cover is a picture of this God-like old man… is indeed a YA novel. Seriously, I am blown away.
The Giver is one of those books that I would say need to be on everyone’s book bucket list. Filled with wisdom and thought provoking dialogue, The Giver is one that will remain on my keeper shelf.
Why was The Giver Banned?
* The Giver was challenged in 1995 by a parent in Franklin County, Kansas, on the grounds that it is “concerned with murder, suicide, and the degradation of motherhood and adolescence.” The book was removed from elementary libraries but remained available for classroom use at teachers’ discretion.
* In Wrenshall, Minnesota, a school board member and two parents objected to the inclusion of The Giver on a list of books to be purchased for a high school, on the grounds of offensive language and objectionable themes. The school board approved the book but stipulated that parents would receive a list of books to be studied during the year.
* In Johnson County, Missouri, complainants charged that The Giver desensitized children to euthanasia and asked that the book “not be read in class to children under high school age.” The book remains in the high school section of the K-12 library.
* A parent in Sidney, New York, publicly objected to the novel’s “usage of mind control, selective breeding, and the elimination of the old and young alike when they are weak, feeble and of no more use…” but did not file a formal complaint.
* A review committee in Brecksville, Ohio, recommended the removal of The Giver from an elementary library. Objections referred to infanticide and adult themes in the novel. The book was removed.
* Somewhere in Oklahoma, a parent objected to the novel’s use of terms such as “clairvoyance,” “transcendent,” and “guided imagery,” because these are “all occult New Age practices the Bible tells us to avoid.” The review committee voted unanimously to retain the book but prohibited it from being read aloud in fourth grade. The committee also recommended that immature readers be discouraged from trying it, and that the librarian should make fewer copies available.
* Medford, Oregon: In the absence of a formal review policy, language arts teachers decided not to use the book in seventh grade classrooms after a parent complained of graphic descriptions of euthanasia.
* In 1994, The Giver was temporarily banned from classes by the Bonita Unified School District in LaVerne and San Dimas, California, after four parents complained that violent and sexual passages were inappropriate for children.
* The book was restricted to students with parental permission at the Columbia Falls, Mont. school system in 1995 because of its treatment of themes of infanticide and euthanasia.
I am giving away a copy of this book!
To enter this giveaway – share with me in a comment, using the book you are currently reading (banned or not) and tell me why that book should be banned. Just make something up! Have fun with it! :D Winner will be chosen on Sunday using random.org
Day three! Are we having fun yet? I sure am! I hope you had a chance to check out the Day 1 posts and giveaways and the day 2 posts and giveaways. There is a lot of great information in the posts and a lot of wonderful books and gift cards being given away. I hope you can take some time to visit these great blogs and bloggers.
Here’s a little Banned book Video to get you in the mood:
Now that you are warmed up! Here are todays wonderful bloggers that are going to share with you some of their thoughts on banned books:
Laura from A Library Of Clean Reads is going to share with us her thoughts on The Great Gatsby with a gift card giveaway!
Daenel from Living Outside The Stacks is also going to chat up To Kill A Mockingbird today and she is also giving away a gift card! NICE!!!
Charity from The Bookworm Fairy returns with her trilogy watp up as she shares about Mockingjay (yes that is a mocking bird above and now we have added a mocking jay…) Charity’s giveaway of the trilogy and the movie is a do not miss!
Lisa from Lit and Life is going to talk banned books today – have you seen her incredible blog layout? Go take a peek!
The Brunette Librariankeeps things going with The Glass Castle and a gift card giveaway!
And here comes Jennifer from The Relentless Reader covering an old favorite of mine, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret.
Stephanie at On Page And Screen is talking about one I am really curious about, American Psycho and offering a gift card giveaway!
Joy from Joystory is going to discuss Judy Blume (SSSSQQQUUUEEE!) and will be having a crocheted book mark giveaway!
Sue from Great Books For Kids and Teens has a little Banned Book talk for you.
Sue also has a post at Book by Book which if her adult blog!
Suko’s Notebook talks banned books and what she is reading this week.
Jennifer from Book Den is going to discuss A Wrinkle In Time – one I have yet to read but want to!!!
Wendy from Musings Of A Bookish Kitty is going to discuss The Absolute True Diary Of A Part Time Indian (LOVE this one!)
*Remember all comments on all posts this week that are linked here (including my own) will go into a drawing for a prize package of banned books and a gift card!
How is that for an amazing line up?
and this great link about banned books will give you a chance to win 30 e-books! Apparently people are backing up Banned book Week and I am loving it!
If you have missed the last two days posts and giveaways do not fear – they are active and could use a visit from you:
Are you reading banned books this week? How about movies off of banned books – there are some great ones out there… Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lorax, Charlotte’s Web…