#BannedBooksWeek

My Mother.  My Mother has always loved books and has passed that on to me as well as my brother and sister. From my early copy of Black Beauty which was my favorite until I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, she has always shared her favorites. I can’t recall her ever censoring my reading. Now as an adult, we swap books and recommendations constantly.  We have passed this love of Books to my daughter. I recently passed Perks of Being a Wallflower on to her, which was a top ten banned book last year. An excellent read full of teenage angst, humor and literary references, she loved it. I feel fortunate that we have passed this love of Books and freedom to her.
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics)Paperback – Deckle Edge, May 30, 2006

Friday (Thursday) Fun: Writers’ Retreats

One of my favorite posts from one of my favorite blogs. Enjoy these incredible Writers’ Retreats!

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Some of them belong(ed) to writers, some of them are being used for writing workshops and retreats. All of them will predispose you to a bookish reverie…

Edith Wharton's house The Mount in Lenox, MA, organises 2-3 week residencies for women writers of 'demonstrated accomplishment'. Edith Wharton’s house The Mount in Lenox, MA, organises 2-3 week residencies for women writers of ‘demonstrated accomplishment’.

Court Green in Devon, the house of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Picture courtesy of P.H. Davies. Hughes' widow still lives there. Court Green in Devon, the house of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Picture courtesy of P.H. Davies. Hughes’ widow still lives there.

Lumb Bank is another house formerly owned by Ted Hughes, and is currenty an Arvon Writers' Centre. Lumb Bank is another house formerly owned by Ted Hughes, and is currently an Arvon Writers’ Centre. Picture by Alison Morton.

Kerouac's cottage in the Orlando neighbourhood where he wrote The Dharma Bums. 4 three-month residencies a year are available to writers of 'any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Kerouac’s cottage in the Orlando neighbourhood where he wrote The Dharma Bums. 4 three-month residencies a year are available to writers of ‘any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world.

Marguerite Yourcenar's villa not far from Lille and the Belgian border offers 1-2 month residencies to European writers. Marguerite Yourcenar’s villa not far from Lille and the Belgian border offers 1-2 month residencies to European writers.

Barnhill on the Scottish island of Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984, is still open to writers seeking solitude and lack of Wifi. Barnhill on the Scottish island of Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984, is…

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R.EADERS I.MBIBING P.ERIL UPDATE

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(Much thanks to Hugo Award winning artist Abigail Larson for the use of her art)

 

The categories are:

Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Gothic
Horror
Dark Fantasy

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Read four books, of any length, from the very broad categories earlier defined as perilous. They could all be by the same author, a series of books, a random mix of classic and contemporary or whatever you like.

 

There are several categories of participation including short stories and on the screen. There is a link to post your reviews and check out other bloggers. Check it out http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/r-eaders-i-mbibing-p-eril-xi

For my first book, in the mystery/thriller category, I’m reading

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The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series)Hardcover – October 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday for Dan Brown’s Origin

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

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Origin Hardcover – September 26, 2017

From the Publisher

Global publishing phenomenon Dan Brown, author of the #1 international blockbusters Inferno and The Da Vinci Code, has written his latest Robert Langdon thriller titled Origin which will be released on September 26, 2017. It will also be available as an ebook and as an audio book.

In keeping with his trademark style, Brown interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

 

Why I’m Waiting. I love this series. The history and the puzzles in a fun fictional setting makes for an intriguing read.

 

#bannedbooksweek and The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Banned Books Week 2016 #bannedbooksweek

Today is the first day of Banned Books Week. Are you reading a banned book this week?  Last year for this event I read

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Paperback – August 14, 2012

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week sponsored by the Book Date at http://bookdate.blogspot.ca/.
Last week I read:
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Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy Hardcover – September 6, 2016

 

 

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A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery) Paperback – September 6, 2016

 

About the Author

Born in Osaka and currently living in Tokyo, Keigo Higashino is one of the most widely known and bestselling novelists in Japan. He is the winner of the Edogawa Rampo Prize (for best mystery), the Mystery Writers of Japan, Inc. Prize (for best mystery) among others. His novels are translated widely throughout Asia.
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Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious NaziPaperback – April 20, 2010

In Bed with Chasing Portraits by Elizabeth Rynecki

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Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy Hardcover – September 6, 2016

R.EADERS I.MBIBING P.ERIL XI

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(Much thanks to Hugo Award winning artist Abigail Larson for the use of her art)

 

The categories are:

Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Gothic
Horror
Dark Fantasy

ripnineperilfirst

Read four books, of any length, from the very broad categories earlier defined as perilous. They could all be by the same author, a series of books, a random mix of classic and contemporary or whatever you like.

 

There are several categories of participation including short stories and on the screen. There is a link to post your reviews and check out other bloggers. Check it out http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/r-eaders-i-mbibing-p-eril-xi

 

 

Jean Rhys Reading Week #ReadingRhys

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I want to read Wide Sargasso Sea as part of Jacqui Wine’s Reading Jean Rhys. https://jacquiwine.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/readingrhys-jean-rhys-reading-week-begins/

What is your favorite Rhys book?

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Wide Sargasso SeaPaperback – January 25, 2016

 

 

From Amazon.In 1966 Jean Rhys reemerged after a long silence with a novel calledWide Sargasso Sea. Rhys had enjoyed minor literary success in the 1920s and ’30s with a series of evocative novels featuring women protagonists adrift in Europe, verging on poverty, hoping to be saved by men. By the ’40s, however, her work was out of fashion, too sad for a world at war. And Rhys herself was often too sad for the world–she was suicidal, alcoholic, troubled by a vast loneliness. She was also a great writer, despite her powerful self-destructive impulses.

Wide Sargasso Sea is the story of Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress who grew up in the West Indies on a decaying plantation. When she comes of age she is married off to an Englishman, and he takes her away from the only place she has known–a house with a garden where “the paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell. Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest tree ferns, the light was green. Orchids flourished out of reach or for some reason not to be touched.”

The novel is Rhys’s answer to Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë’s book had long haunted her, mostly for the story it did not tell–that of the madwoman in the attic, Rochester’s terrible secret. Antoinette is Rhys’s imagining of that locked-up woman, who in the end burns up the house and herself.Wide Sargasso Sea follows her voyage into the dark, both from her point of view and Rochester’s. It is a voyage charged with soul-destroying lust. “I watched her die many times,” observes the new husband. “In my way, not in hers. In sunlight, in shadow, by moonlight, by candlelight. In the long afternoons when the house was empty.”

Rhys struggled over the book, enduring rejections and revisions, wrestling to bring this ruined woman out of the ashes. The slim volume was finally published when she was 70 years old. The critical adulation that followed, she said, “has come too late.” Jean Rhys died a few years later, but with Wide Sargasso Sea she left behind a great legacy, a work of strange, scary loveliness. There has not been a book like it before or since. Believe me, I’ve been searching. –Emily White –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Waiting on Wednesday for Eddie Izzard

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Untitled Memoir by Eddie Izzard Hardcover – June 6, 2017