Tuesday, September 29, 2009
So, in honor of banned book weeks here is a list the ALA has complied of the 100 most challenged books from 1990-1999. Bolded are the one’s I’ve read and Italic’s are the ones I have on my TBR list.
Scary Stories (Series), by Alvin Schwartz
Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Forever, by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
Alice (Series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Goosebumps (Series), by R.L. Stine
A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Sex, by Madonna
Earth’s Children (Series), by Jean M. Auel
The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
The Witches, by Roald Dahl
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
The Goats, by Brock Cole
The Stupids (Series), by Harry Allard
Anastasia Krupnik (Series), by Lois Lowry
Final Exit, by Derek Humphry
Blubber, by Judy Blume
Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam
Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman, by Paul Zindel
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
Deenie, by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat, by Alvin Schwartz
Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling
Cujo, by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
Ordinary People, by Judith Guest
American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
Asking About Sex and Growing Up, by Joanna Cole
What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras
The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
Boys and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
Crazy Lady, by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan
Fade, by Robert Cormier
Guess What?, by Mem Fox
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells, by Daniel Cohen
On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer
The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
Jack, by A.M. Homes
Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets, by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg, by Babette Cole
Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle
The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
Carrie, by Stephen King
The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts, by Howard Stern
Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
Little Black Sambo, by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education, by Jenny Davis
Jumper, by Steven Gould
Christine, by Stephen King
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
That Was Then, This is Now, by S.E. Hinton
Girls and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain
Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
When you were growing up did your parents pick out what you read? Did they ban certain books from you? My parents never EVER censored my reading. My tv watching, yes. Reading? Never.
Suggest one or more in the comments and if possibly leave a link to a review so others can read about it. Then Thursday I will post a poll and Saturday/Sunday announce the book of the month. Next month I will have us pick one BEFORE the month starts but since we are just starting, it will give us a few days to nominate books and vote.
Then hopefully I will be able to start reading whatever book we choose right away and start making posts for discussion!! (And feel free to do so on your blogs too!!)
Monday, September 28, 2009
And the winner of At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks is Kelly from She Wears a Red Sox Cap!!
Congratulations and send me your email and I will get a hold of you to send you the book!!
Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole....
1 cup uncooked brown rice
I cup water 6 chicken breast tenders (very skinny mejier brand)
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of chicken soup
½ of a medium size onion
1 ½ cup medium salsa
Sprinkle of paprika
Dab of hot sauce
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
Adapted from this http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Salsa-Chicken-Rice-Casserole/Detail.aspx
First, I coated the bottom of the pan with some EVOO and got it nice and hot. Then I had the onion and sprinkled some paprika and red pepper flakes in with it. Let it cook while I started the brown rice and cut up the chicken into pieces. Then I added the chicken to the onions and added more paprika, more red pepper flakes and a dab of hot sauce. I should also mention I had marinated the chicken in a dry rub that my hub has made that has paprika, brown sugar, onion powder, a little garlic powder, some salt, chilli powder, and chipotle seasoning in it.
I let that cook for awhile until the chicken was cooked through and then I added the salsa and the can of cream of chicken soup. Let that cook for awhile and let the flavor set in.
And the hot and sweaty chef.. :)
It was very good and spicy and we will make it again!!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
While reading we could post blogs on our own sites about certain passages, questions we were having or reactions. After we finished reading it we could post our reviews on our own blogs and during the last week of that month I would post different discussion question on my blog that everyone could respond too. Or others could do this as well.
I would also post a blog towards the end of each month where everyone could leave their suggestion for the next month’s read and leave the suggesting open for a few days and then I would post a poll on my site and everyone could vote for however many books we decided upon and the book(s) with the most votes would be our group reads of the month.
What do you think? Who would join this book club?
The big drama happens when the pants go missing and the girls have to travel to Greece to find them and help Lena with her Kostas drama.
Now I know I read the first two books for sure and I think I own the third book as well, but I don’t know if I read it or not. But I definitely liked this movie better than the first movie. I may need to around to reading all the books again or something. Yay for lazy Sunday’s and chick movies.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Can get kids involved with repeated lines and they will think they are reading too. The illustrations are excellent and it's a real quick read if you need something to entertain when you have a few extra minutes. Best for ages 4-8. Written by Alexis O'Neill
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I was disappointed. Shocked? No. I honestly can say that the only movie of a book that I really really enjoyed was The Notebook. The glaring differences made me hate the movie. I mean it was good, but I did NOT laugh once. Come on, this book made me laugh so hard I cried. I hated Harry Connick Jr. as Daniel. He RUINED Daniel’s character to me. I hated the way they changed Holly’s parents/sibling background. I hated how her 30th birthday party was NOT the way it was described in the book. I hated how she lived in New York and only visited Ireland. I hate how she didn’t work where she ended up working in the book and you missed out her supportive boss. I hated how they handled the way she got her letters. Basically, if I had not read the book I might have turned off the movie before it was over. Or maybe I would have liked it, but I didn’t and that was sad. But I was not surprised.
Seriously though, read the book. It was awesome.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Surprised? You shouldn’t be, since I started this blog as a place to write my book reviews and has hosted other random thoughts that invade my ever busy mind.
So what book have I picked? Well, as my first (hopefully more to come) giveaway, I am giving away a slightly used copy of At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. I read this last summer and I bawled. But I don’t know of a Sparks novel, where I have not bawled like a little baby by the end.
At First Sight is about Jeremy Marsh who is very certain he will not do specific things in life and then proceeds to do all of them. (My kind of guy!) He somehow ends up in small town North Carolina engaged to the love of his life. Of course they have some issues, normal drama occurs and most stressful, they are expecting a baby. One of those things he swore he’d never do. Throughout the novel, Jeremy grows up, realizes what’s most important and as with any other Sparks novel, experiences extreme heartbreak, yet somehow comes out stronger than before. It’s definitely a couple Kleenex read. J
So how can you win this lovely book? Here is how…
1.) Leave a comment!
2.) Become a follower
3. Blog about the giveaway and link to my post..
So you can pretty much enter 3 times, and if you’ve noticed like nobody reads my blog, so odds are you have a chance to win!! And if you are one of the many people who come and read and never comment, here is your shot to come out of the woodwork because I do see where you are coming from and when you stop by, so you might as well leave a comment!! ;)
So enter away and hopefully I will have more giveaways with the next 100 posts… Oh and maybe I will figure out how to make my pictures upload how I want.. :P
Contest is open until September 28th at 7:00 p.m. eastern standard time.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
So yesterday, as I was running I felt AWESOME. I ran more minute wise than I have since I started and felt good. The last couple times after I have finished running, I go inside have a drink, stretch and then go bike ride the same 2.2 mile loop. I got done running and walked inside and immediately felt like I was going to vomit. I’ve only felt like that when I’ve ran too close to eating and this was not the case. But I also felt slightly lightheaded. I drank more water and tried to eat the closest healthiest thing I could find and that ended up being a slice of cucumber with vinegar. I also made it into the bathroom expecting to vomit but didn’t. I was really shocked after feeling so well until that point. I was kind of thinking it probably had something to do with running more than normal and possibly cuz I’m on my period. I think blood sugar was all messed up. Yuck.
So I took about a 10 minute sit down break and lifted and did some strength excerise in and got a few more gulps of water in and headed off on the bike ride. Came back and felt better. The feeling was so weird, I’ve never felt like that before. So disappointing coming after such a great run.
I’ve also been suffering through my dang sore hip still. I probably should research why it hurts and how to fix it. It’s been bugging me AFTER I work out. Not normally while running or not until I’ve gone about a mile at least. Also notice it when I go from sitting in my car and standing up. Kind of a mixture of cold air conditioning and sitting for awhile. Sometimes bugs me when I stand up from where I am sitting now. I thought I pulled something about 2 months ago but now I am not sure. But it sure hinders my exercise.
Wednesday September 16th
10:30 - 1 ½ cups coffee, 1 egg, 1 piece of toast, serving of strawberry applesauce
12:45 – 1 slice cucumber in vinegar
1:20 - South Beach Bar High Protein Peanut Butter glass of milk
5:45 – orange chicken, fried rice, crab rangoons
Water 80 ounces
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
But once again I get off track... back on the crazy train.. magazines.. I have a subscription to Glamour and I love it. I've gotten it off and on since I was 18. I used to have a supscription to Cosmopolitan and I hated it. I always rolled my eyes and was like WHY AM I GETTING THIS?? (My mom got it for me first and I liked it when I was 16, and then I randomly got it at age 22? 23? and kept forgetting to cancel so I had it again for another couple years.) I also enjoy reading Self or Shape and have been meaning to get a subscription to one of them but tend to buy it off the stands every now and then. It typically depends on cash flow and I stick with my Glamour only subscription. I also enjoy reading O occasionally or Redbook or Everyday with Rachael Ray... I also enjoy a good People.. I think I like the articles and it's quick and easy and sometimes not as hard to get into as a novel when you are short on time or too busy reading blogs! ;)
What magazines do you read? Any I should check out next time I am avoiding a novel? :)
Monday, September 14, 2009
awww...... too bad the hub's shirt ruins it :P
the ugly trojan gear on Corso but the very cute Herbstreit kiddo!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Can't wait to tailgate and hangout alllllll weekend long!!!!!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
27. Drowning Ruth – Christina Schwarz (August 11th) - This one was a LOT wierd...
28. Sworn to Silence – Linda Castillo (August 11th) - This was my favorite book I read in August..
29. Taking Charge of Your Fertility – Toni Weschler (August 23rd) - This was the most INFORMATIVE book I read in August....
30. We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates ( August 29th) - This was the most dramatic book I read in August...
Overall, a pretty good reading month.. I am NOT going to make my goals or my challenges this year, I guess I will have to lower my goals for next year, or force myself into reading more.. :)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
What is your favorite food?
This is a toughy because I LOVE food. I pretty much love all things Mexican and Italian. We had excellent tacos and Spanish rice for dinner tonight.. Yum… I make a really good taco pie that I am always changing around the recipe, THAT I LOVE yum.. I LOVE Qdoba.. I could eat their chicken nachos or burritos or quesadillas. Pretty much everyday. But then I would be a hundred gazillion pounds. I also LOOOVE seafood alfredo. I love homemade alfredo sauce that my hub makes. Yummm…. I think I may need to have some Oreos tonight.
What were you like as a child?
I think I was a brat. I know I was somewhat snotty and bratty and I had to have my way a lot. I was way more outgoing. A total dare devil and if you said I couldn’t do it. I would. Pretty dang lazy as well. I played softball and basketball and loved hanging out with the boys.
There are very few books I’ve ever re-read. Like less than 5 I am sure. And I would say my ALL-TIME favorite Is hands down Little Women. LOVE IT. I haven’t read it in years, but it is one that I have read over and over and over again. I really can’t pick a favorite besides them.. I can list lots that I do like though!!
The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elizabeth Hyde
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
American Wife – Curtis Sittenfield
PS I love You – Cecilia Ahearn
19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
Anne of Green Gables Series
Women’s Murder Club Series
Stephanie Plum Series
Memoirs of a Geisha
Black Girl/White Girl – Joyce Carol Oates
Lovely Bones –Alice Sebold
And lots lots more!!
What book can you read over and over and over again?Pretty much just Little Women. I can’t really re-read books. I have a hard time re-watching movies even. Unless they are comedies.
What did you want to be when you were growing up and what are you now?
Lawyer. Now I am a teacher. But I could still be a lawyer someday. I like to argue.
Marie asked..Did you have any pets as a kid?
We were only allowed pet fish. They usually died within a day. One morning we woke up and one of the many “Goldy’s” that we had, decided to jump ship and kill himself. He was belly up in the kitchen sink. My mom SCREAMED. I think he was our last one.
What's your favorite comfort food?
Snickers bar and a coca cola. Usually any chocolate bar and a coca cola. Yum.. This post as made me hungry and I should not be!!
Monday, September 7, 2009
So what do you want to know about me????
Friday, September 4, 2009
Ironic -Alanis Morrissette
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you think everything's okay and everything's going right and life has a funny way of helping you out when you think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up in your face it's a traffic jam when you're already late it's a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break it's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife it's meeting the man of my dreams and then meeting his beautiful wife And isn't it ironic... don't you think A little too ironic... and yeah I really do think...
I'll Be - Edwin McCain
Thursday, September 3, 2009
(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Holden - Catcher in the Rye of course.. :)
Cade -Gone with the Wind
Sawyer - Tom Sawyer
Bennett - From Bennet in Pride & Prejudice..
Alcott - Louisa May Alcott
Adeline - Lord Byron
Elizabeth - Pride & Prejudice
Josephine - Little Women
and I am sure there are more but my brain is FRIED. First day back in the "real" world after a 3 month hiatus. Wowzers..
What are your favorite literary names? What other names have you secretly always wanted to name your child? Or do you think obsessing over names is ridiculous?