All Around the Web

I’ve seen some roundup type stuff, dome on lot’s of other blogs, and I have been playing around with the idea for a while now and I figured I’d give it ago and see how it does.  Basically, it’s a place where I can share all the items, photo’s,  blog posts and other stuff that I have found fascinating or interesting or sharable from around the great world-wide web (does anyone even call it that anymore? or did I just date myself?).  This week’s round-up is a little small as, I wasn’t sure I was going to post it.  However, I read a lot of blogs, news articles, and spend a fair amount of time just browsing through things on the web. So, I thought that I would share.  It won’t be all about books, I mean sure sometimes it probably will be mostly about books, but I do like other things as well, such as photography and decorating and crafts, and… well you get the idea.  I hope you enjoy these links as much as I did.

 

Over at 101 books  they talk about their  Bookish Pet Peeve , this is number 5 but contains the links to the other’s as well.  I have to say that this one is exactly how I feel when people ask me to borrow books.  Though I tend to just say I’m sorry I don’t loan my books out since I’ve had several bad experiences, it works for the most part, and is true.

 

Over at Buzzfeed.com they have listed 16 books to read before the movie comes out this year.  Out of the 16 I have only read 1 of them, ok I listened to the audio book, Anyway it was  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn you can see what I thought here.  Apparently though I need to get on it, if I want to keep my Page to Screen segment going.

 

A Russian woman has taken photo’s of her two son’s at their farm and it’s Magical. This is currently making the rounds on Facebook but it’s worth another look even if you’ve already seen it.

 

I found the “Netflix” of books, it’s call Scribd and you can sign up for unlimited rentals of E-books for $8.99 a month

 

Life Time, has done a remake of Flowers in the Attic, let’s hope it’s better than the 1987 version, not sure I’m going to watch it though, the book creeps me out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rnrpzU-2ZU

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Banned Book Week, September 22 -28, 2013

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What is banned book week?

Banned book week, is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, by drawing attention to banned or challenged books.  In the United States this means keeping banned and challenged books available for individuals to obtain their own view points or opinions of books that many believe to have unorthodox or unpopular view points.

Usually held during the last week of September, the event encourages readers to examine challenged literature, and also promotes intellectual freedom  in libraries, schools, and stores. The goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the restraints that are still imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”

For more information regarding Banned Book Week, please visit bannedbooksweek.org

 

What is a Banned Book?

A banned book, is a book that free access is denied.  In other words a group or a person is protesting that the book is not suitable for a certain age group or for the general public.  This challenge is based on several factors but is most often based on political, religious or moral ideas that are unpopular, offensive to that group or unorthodox.

 

What is the Difference Between a Banned Book and a Challenged Book?

A challenge is an attempt to have the book removed based on the objections of certain groups.

 A banning is the removal of those materials from the mainstream library or schools.

 

Why Should You Care?

The banning or challenging of a book, is based on one person or a certain group of people’s view-point or moral code.  As with any censorship this is an attempt to stop anyone else from having an opinion or view-point of their own.  As citizens of the United States the First amendment is suppose to help stop censorship, each person should be given the chance to say this is ok or not ok for myself or my children to read, write or anything else.  Censorship of books is saying that you as a normal law-abiding citizen is not capable of making that choice on your own, someone else is choosing for you, and that is not ok.

 

Some of the Most Popular Banned Books:

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

The Davinci Code by Dan Brown

 

The Top 5 Challenged Books of 2012:

Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey

The absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James

and Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

 

I encourage you all to read a banned or challenge book and choose to make your own opinion.

Thanks for Stopping By

Helois