Should Books Be Banned?

should books be bannedI was googling some things, and I saw this recommended search: “why books should be banned.”  Curious, I clicked on the search button.  

Basically, the articles that came up said that books put poison in children’s minds that they can’t get out, and are bad for civilization.  Books that explore ideas such as racial prejudices, unpopular religious views, adult stuff.

Should we ban those books?

This is my opinion, and you’re welcome to disagree. Continue reading

The Best Websites for Keeping Writing Goals +Camp NaNo

Happy March!  I confess, I’m much more of a winter person, but it is nice to see the leaves and flowers coming out.  (Until the pollen comes, and I desperately wish for winter again.)

March also means that it’s only one month away from April, which also means that it’s one month away from Camp NaNoWriMo.  Some of you may know that I did NaNoWriMo in November, which is basically the bigger, more serious version of Camp NaNo.  We’ll go into all that and other online resources that help you keep your writing goals. Continue reading

The Book Thief- Book Review

The Book Thief by [Zusak, Markus]

I had heard how great this book was, how sad it was, and how enthralling it was.  I finally picked the book up from my library, and started it.  I made it about twenty five pages in, them put it down and went to other books.  It eventually was forgotten.  I picked it up again, a few months later, and tried to read it again.  I made it a little farther.

Then, I decided that I would read the whole thing.  Third time’s the charm, after all.

And I was hooked.

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To Kill A Mockingbird- Book Review

I was shocked when I learned that many schools banned this book.  Let me clear something up here: This book shows the horrors of racism, and the main characters try to defend the African American.  This is Historical Fiction.  The speech reflects the time period.  And, unfortunately, it was common to look down on people of different skin color.  But the book does not say that it is good to discriminate!

Rather, the story is told through the eyes of a young, tomboyish girl named Scout, who’s father is a lawyer who defends a black man against false charges. Continue reading

Bunnicula- Book Review

Bunnicula, authored by James and Deborah Howeis the only book written for children that I read over and over again.  Bunnicula is the only book that with talking animals as the characters that I like.  Bunnicula is the only book where I laugh every time I read it.  Bunnicula is the only book I’ve ever read that had the subject of vampires in it.  

In my opinion, it’s a pretty awesome book, but don’t let the vampire references scare you. Continue reading

DreamTreaders- Trilogy Review

Dreams have always been a subject of fascination to me.  I’ve had dreams where I wasn’t even in them.  Like no where in the entire dream.  I see my dreams as movies, (albeit odd ones) and they can sometimes be good stories, both the subject of dreams, and the dreams themselves.  Anything about dreams is interesting, movies, (Inception) or books.  Which brings me to “Dreamtreaders,” by Wayne Thomas Batson, one of the most original trilogies I’ve read. Continue reading

A Poet’s Life- Edgar Albert Guest

Image resultEdgar Albert Guest, not to be confused with Edgar Allen Poe, was a prolific poet known for his light-hearted and sometimes humorous poems.  Actually, Guest was one of the few poets who had a normal-ish life.  It seems like every other poet had a terrible childhood, usually involving boarding school.

Edgar Guest held the title of Poet Laureate of Michigan, and rightly so.  He published over twenty volumes of poetry, and wrote over 11,000 poems!  He was born in England, but his family moved to Michigan, in 1891 when Edgar was ten.  

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Book Review- Girl of the Limberlost

Introducing one of my favorite books of all time: The Girl of the Limberlost.  Okay, just to start out with: it’s an oldie.  Sometimes, when I mention this in my list of favorite books, people will furrow their brows and looks at me funny.  I just say: “It’s an older book,” and their expression clears, but no one has ever read it afterwards.  Somehow, books that were not placed in the “classic” category (that is mandatory reading in school, thus ruining their charm), but are too outdated to be read by millennials sit sadly on the library shelf, gathering dust. Continue reading