Sep 30, 2011

TGIF and Week In Review (17)

Hosted by Ginger over at G-Reads, TGIF is a way to recap the week on your blog and answer a fun question she asks bloggers. Linking up spreads the word, so visit her blog for more info and to participate! :o) Here's the question for this week:

Banned Books: How do you feel about the censorship of the freedom to read? Do you think the education system needs to be more strict on what children are exposed to in books?

I think the freedom to read should be preserved. No one should be censoring books or choosing what can't be read. Parents can make that decision for their children until they're old enough, but I also think that parents should trust their children to make the right decisions. Banning books only makes those censored topics more taboo, and they're generally the ones that kids may relate to more. They're the topics that make kids feel alone and isolated without things like books to help them get through. If they censor, drastic measures sometimes take place. In my opinion, things would be a whole lot different if we did not shelter our world's future leaders.

Sep 29, 2011

Theatrical Thursday - What's Your Number?

What's Your Number
based on 20 Times a Lady
by Karyn Bosnak

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Cast: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor
Director: Mark Mylod
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language
Release Date: September 30, 2011

Anna Faris is Ally Darling, who after reading a magazine article that leads her to believe she's going to be forever alone, begins a wild search for the best "ex" of her life. Based on the novel by Karyn Bosnak.

I saw the trailer and didn't know it was based on a book. But this book sounds pretty good! I've seen some good reviews, so maybe I'll read it. But in the meantime, if you go see this movie, let us know what you think!! :o)

Happy Thursday!

Sep 28, 2011

"Waiting on" Wednesday - How to Save a Life

Hosted by Breaking The Spine, this section will feature future upcoming releases that I personally am excited about. These will generally be coming up later in the year. Let me know what you're looking forward to, or even what you're writing, and maybe I'll feature it here as well.

Sara Zarr
- How to Save a Life

• Pub. Date: October 18, 2011
• Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
• Format: Hardcover 352pp
• Age Range: Young Adult

Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she's been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends--everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she's somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.

Mandy Kalinowski understands what it's like to grow up unwanted--to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she's sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It's harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?

As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy--or as difficult--as it seems.

Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about the many roads that can lead us home.

I'm on the Around the World ARC tours list for this one. I hope it's great!! Let me know what you think. Comment with a link to your WoW pick for this week!

Happy Wednesday!