Do Over! Top Ten Books I Want to Reread.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

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This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Books I Want to Reread

I am a huge fan or rereading books that I love.  I think I have reread the Harry Potter series about 7 times.  (and need to reread again)  But here are some others that are definitely worthy of a second-or third- reading.

1.  Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafon

Maybe I will reread all three?

2.  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I try to reread these every few years, and it has been awhile.

3.  The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova

I know I loved it when I read it, but I don’t remember why.

4.  Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

With her new Prince Lestat out, I need a refresher.

5.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My daughter will be reading this in the spring for school and I want it clear in my memory so we can discuss it.

6.  Tender is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I read this-pretty quickly- a few years ago, and it left quite an impression on me.

7.  Northhanger Abbey and 8.  Sense and Sensibilty by Jane Auster

Two of the few by Austen that I only read once

9.  The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The first book I read by Allende that began my love for her writing.

10.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

What?  It will only be the 4th reread.  They are good, quick, and easy.  AND Mockingjay comes out in a few weeks so I need to brush up.

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Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there! http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Societies You Would Never Want to Live in/ Characters You Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

I decided to do a little of each!

Societies

1.  Brave New World

Just too creepy.

2.  Game of Thrones

It all sucks in this world- except the dragons.  Dragons are very cool.

3.  The Handmaid’s Tale

A world were women are subjugated in this fashion is horrifying.

4.  Mordor

While I would love to spend time with Aragorn and Elrond, I don’t want to go anywhere near this place.

5.  Narnia

Although I would love to have talking animals, the White Witch scares me.  And the never-ending winter??  I feel like we are having that now.  It’s freezing!

Characters

6.  Katniss Everdeen- The Hunger Games

She is very cool and saves the world and all.  But she pays too high a price.

7.  Wendy Torrence- The Shining

Stuck in a hotel for MONTHS.  With a husband and small child???  Oh yeah, someone was going to crack.

8.  Dolores Price-  She’s Come Undone

This poor girl.  Why couldn’t someone help her?  I couldn’t stand this book.

9.  Lisbeth Salander- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I love her strong character, but so much bad crap happens to her.

10.  Charlotte Lucas Collins – Pride & Prejudice

Was he really her only option?  Be an old maid.  Or pray for early widowhood.

My Favorite Banned Books

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Ok, as you might already know, this is Banned Books Week, which is sponsored by the American Librarian Association and is a celebration of books that have been challenged or banned.  I have been seeing posts all week about Banned Books, so I decided to investigate a little.  When I saw the list of books that have been challenged or outright banned, I was pretty surprised to see some of my very favorite books right there on the list.  So, I decided to put a little list of my own together of my favorite Banned Books!

1.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book has been called sexually explicit, violently graphic, and morally corrupt.

2.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Banned due to offensive language and racism.

3.  Brave New World by Aldophus Huxley

This is thought to have offensive language and insensitivity-insensitive-, hmmmm.

4.  Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Our beloved wizard is supposedly anti-family (with a family like the Dursleys-no duh!), and promoting the Occult and Satanism!!

5.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Objectionable due to offensive language and sexual content.

6.  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Banned due to racism- very strange since it IS a book about the Civil War!

7.  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

This book is banned for quite a few reasons- one is that it is “irreligious” which is quite ironic considering the author’s known devoutness to Catholicism.  It is also banned in New Mexico  for promoting witchcraft and Satanism.  I thought the purpose OF the book was to defeat the evil in the world-silly me.

I guess at any point in time almost any book can be seen as objectionable to one person or another.   But maybe that is why the universe saw it fit to provide us humans with free will.

What is your favorite banned book?

Great posts about Banned Book Week- go see them!!

http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/a-post-in-which-i-challenge-you-to-read-a-challenged-book-this-week/

http://booksspeakvolumes.com/2013/09/24/bannedbooksweek/

Other websites to visit to read more about banned books-

http://bannedbooks.world.edu

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

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