Monday, December 1, 2008

Manic Monday and my 100th book review!

It's "Cyber Monday" today, the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the United States. Do you do much online shopping, holiday or otherwise?
I do a lot of shopping online when I get a good price and free shipping. For my hubby I have to shop online because I just can't find what he wants (for his motorcycle) close to home.

Are you a Mac or a PC user? Why?
PC user only because I'm too poor to afford a cool MAC!!

What website do you spend more time on than you care to admit?
GOODREADS and reading blogs!

I belong to a Bookworm club on a scrapbook site and I just posted my 100th book!! Wow!! Here it is:

Looking For Alaska by John Green
O.K. I think that this must be the best book I've read this year! This one has been on my list for over a year and I finally checked it out to see what all the fuss was about. First off, let me explain about the fuss. The media specialist that I worked with purchased this book for the middle school library. The library lady (at-the-time) was fanning through the book, when the words "blow-job" jumped off the page and slapped her in the face! From there it just spiraled out-of-control and the book was scanned for every "f" word and sexual act that could be found. Needless to say a big book cleaning (banning) took place and a group of closed-minded people were able to remove 60 books from the library. All of these left the shelf without going through any proper consideration. I have the list of books. I've been reading them a few at a time. I've been slowly adding some of them back to the library, but this time they are flagged in the system. A permission slip with information about the book is printed out and signed before a student can check out any "objectionable" book. I have no respect for the media specialist, (he no longer works for the school...yippee). He never fought for any of the books but even more important, he had no idea what he was ordering. I would NOT put this book in the middle school, but it did not stop me from allowing my 13 year-old son to read this before me.
John Green captures what it is like to be young, geeky, unsure of yourself, and to be friendless. He touched a nerve with me that has me thinking about this book a lot deeper than I thought I would. Pudge reminds me of my oldest son in too many ways to count. My youngest son and I have been talking about this book for several days and to me that is what counts!

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to know you library cares enough about the kids to allow them to read 'naughty' books but makes sure mom/dad approve of the content first. Sounds like this is a good one.


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