Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book News, Wishlist, 50 Shades of Grey RANT

Hello my peachy readers!

It's Thursday and  I have some BOOK NEWS for you all today as well as a small list of books that I can't wait to pick up!

There's even a small bit of a RANT about "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its ban from some libraries across the country. Yikes! *brews some more coffee for this one*

 
A Bit of Book News
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First off let's get some book news rolling: 

ROWLINGS NEW BOOK: Here's some more information for J.K. Rowlings new adult fiction "The Casual Vacancy" which is apparently going to be pretty dark.  Have a read and keep up on it!

Fifty Shades of Grey MOVIE?: Well, that's going to be interesting.

HARRY POTTER ON KINDLE: Starting June 9 Amazon Prime members will be able to borrow all 7 of the Harry Potter books to read on their Kindle.


BEST SELLERS LIST UPDATE: Here you go guys. Happy at least that Deadlocked made it to #5!


 
Wish List!
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There are quite a few books that I can't wait to get my hands on, but I'm trying my best to read what I have before I go out and grab up a bunch more. I'm already a little on overload! I need another bookshelf. Oi!

Anyway the following is a short list of some of the books that I'm looking forward to: 
 
The Wizard of Time
 
It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy
 
Russian Winter
 
The Witch's Daughter
 
The Winter Sea
 

Now. Be prepared for...

 
AUGGIE-TALK RANT 
 
 
 

"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L James was banned by libraries in 3 states. Reasons cited were "Poor Reviews", "Poor Writing", and "Library's Higher Standards".

Read the Huffington Post coverage HERE.

I wasn't sure at first where I was going to fall on my opinion here, but after some thought I think I would be leaning more towards the "LIBRARY CENSORSHIP?!" side of the fence.

I don't like books like "Fifty Shades of Grey" and I would never pick this book up for myself based off its content and plot. I'm personally not interested in any type of poorly written, graphically racy fan fiction about BDSM.

While that is certainly not my cup of tea I shouldn't have say-so in who gets to read it. My belief in that regard extends out into the library systems. If there is a demand for a book and the library can afford it the library should acquiesce to their patrons requests and supply the book. If a library is really THAT concerned with what people are going to be able to get their hands on then they can mark the book as "restricted" and only allow adult patrons access to it.

It's an adult book, so I absolutely agree that it's a problem if younger readers get their hands on it. But, as I stated above, there are ways to keep this book from falling into the hands of someone who might not yet be able to properly process its content, if that is indeed the major concern.

One library cited that based on the books "poor reviews" it didn't meet the Libraries criteria for new books.




PIGWASH! (Excuse my southern rage). When there are 650 patrons ASKING for the book and a library still says "No. It got poor reviews" then there's something else going on there. A library should be supplying books that its patrons will want to read or will need to read (academically speaking) and if numerous patrons WANT to read a book then I don't see why a library wouldn't be hop skip and jumping it to make the book available to them.

The librarian who turned her/his nose up at this book and decided that it wasn't appropriate for their readers made a seriously judgmental decision that did not leave a positive reflection of the establishment they represent.

If we're going to leave books out because of their poor reviews or writing style then how the HECK did books like "Twilight" and "Fallen" get into the library?

Censorship is definitely being incorporated here and for no reason other than a few people's opinions about the content.  I don't enjoy books like this, I don't read them, and I find them to be a bit of a stain on the fabric of "Romance" literature but I think that everyone has a right to read what they want to read and if there's big enough demand then the PUBLIC library should supply regardless of what their personal opinions are on the book they're providing.

Anyway. Conclusion:

Horribly written plot void erotica book that stole from previously written fanfiction + People Want it = Library should supply anyway.

I know that sounds wrong but that's how it's got to work if we're to keep censorship from getting its foot in the door for takeover.

It's not up to the library to decide what we should and shouldn't read. It's up to the reader to have a good enough idea of what's crap and what isn't. If the reader decides it isn't crap then no one should be able to say they can't read it.


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Auggie-Talk's 2012 Heavenly Challenge

Prizes? YES!
To join the challenge and view the prizes, rules, and book lists click here.



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The Giveaway is for a SIGNED COPY of "Letters From the Ledge" by Lynda Meyers. There are also signed posters and bookmarks that will be given away to the winner and the runners up!
Ends July 4th
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Well dearlings! That's all for this Thursday.

See you tomorrow for "FEATURED FRIDAY" where we'll do some catchup on who this months featured author is.

Until Next Blog,


~A.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: Sookie Stackhouse: Deadlocked

Hello my peaches!

I know! I know! Where have I BEEN?!

Well, it would be nice to explain everything but it would be a waste of a perfectly good post. I can tell you, though, that I now know how to place sod and I am sore from head to toe.

I'm VERY behind here, as most of you are already very aware. There's been some serious turmoil happening lately but I've overcome the issues (hopefully) and am happily back on the blog.

There's quite a big IMM coming up since I haven't  posted one. Keep an eye out for that. I'm still going to go about doing TRILOGY TUESDAY and FEATURED FRIDAY since there's enough time still left this month to get all of that squeezed in.

This weeks IMM is going to include a lot of really fantastic antique books that I've picked up. A lot of them are very well past their 100th birthday!

Alright. Now for a VERY PAST DUE review.

Enjoy!
REVIEW


Title: Deadlocked
Author: Charlaine Harris
 Genre: Paranormal
Published:
May 1, 2012
Pages:
327

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.


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I was at the bookstore May 1st to pick up my per-ordered copy of this book. I LOVE this series tremendously. When I first started reading it, I wasn't sure I was going to like it at all. In fact there was a lot of time in between books because I would lose interest... and then gain it back again full force... then lose it again.

These last 3 or so books have been highly anticipated by myself and I'm very much hoping that Charlaine Harris will extend the series out with even more books in the future. I'm not ready for this series to end!


In this latest addition to the Sookie Saga, Sookie Stackhouse is facing some troubles on the romance front with vampy pseudo-husband Eric Northman. Not only that but a plot has been developed to incriminate Eric in the murder of a two-natured prostitute. If that weren't bad enough, suddenly Freyda, vampire queen, has showed up to let Sookie know that she's out to make Eric her consort which would mean taking him away from her forever. Queens usually get what they want and Sookie's in a tailspin while fairies, werewolves, and vampires are all after something that Sookie's grandmother left her as a special gift.

As with all of the Sookie Stackhouse books there's TONS of stuff going on! I love it! I really enjoy the style of these books because it never lingers in one thought too long. Just when you're expecting it to go on and on and on to get to the point the very next sentence gives you exactly what you wanted, the continuation of the story.

I've heard a lot of complaints that Sookie is getting boring and redundant, but I can't agree. I'm even more hooked on the series than I was when I first started reading it. Honestly, it's gotten better with time and I'm hoping to see another one on the release agenda for next may!

If you've never started the Stackhouse series, I'd say it's about time you picked it up!

Read Read Read!

Amazon: $15.15
Kindle: $14.99
Nook: $14.99


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Prizes? YES!
To join the challenge and view the prizes, rules, and book lists click here.



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NOTICE: Murakami Giveaway is OVER

Winner is: TREVOR KIDD

CONGRATULATIONS! TREVOR!



I have  another WONDERFUL giveaway!  
 
The Giveaway is for a SIGNED COPY of "Letters From the Ledge" by Lynda Meyers. There are also signed posters and bookmarks that will be given away to the winner and the runners up!
Ends July 4th
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Well, there you have it dears!

Until Next Blog, 



Read on! 


~A.


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