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The blog is moving!

So, I’ve finally gotten all my ducks in a row and moved over to my very own domain! You can now find me at BreakingtheBinding.com!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to move my WordPress followers over to the new blog, but I hope you’ll take a moment and follow the new site via Linky, RSS or Email!

And to give you some extra incentive for following, I’m giving away an ARC of The Crown of Embers! So, what are you waiting for? Hop on over and enter to win and tell me what you think of the new site!

Thanks for being such awesome followers! I heart you all *MUAH*!

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Giveaway Hop

 

So, I was interviewed by Lauren over at The Housework Can Wait as part of Parajunkee and Alison’s Feature and Follow Friday meme! I’m pretty excited to be a featured on her blog as I’m a big fan of hers and she’s a great blogging friend as well.

If you have a moment check out my interview and enter Lauren’s giveaway! And if you’re a new follower from finding me over there, welcome! Hope you take a moment to signup for my email list. And I hope you don’t mind hearing me ramble on about Harry Potter too much 🙂

 
 

Banned Books Week 2011

I’m a little late to this party, considering the week ends tomorrow, but I wanted to ruminate on the banning of books for a moment.

Before I get started, here’s list of the most frequently challenged books of 2010, according to the ALA.

  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexi Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit
  4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  6. Lush, by Natasha Friend Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
  9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie Reasons:  homosexuality and sexually explicit
  10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence

I’m interested to know how many of the books from that list people have read. Did you enjoy them or not? I have to admit I’ve only read a few: And Tango Makes Three (which is adorable and about penguins!, The Hunger Games, and Brave New World. I should really get on reading more of that list! I think that The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will be my next one, as I’ve heard good things about it.

I have never agreed with the idea of banning books, and my last three years spent working towards my masters to be a Media Specialist has made me even more adverse to the idea. I think that the responsibility for what a child reads is entirely up to the parents. And that the parents only have the right and responsibility to dictate what their child reads and should not be able to have that opinion forced on a school, a library, a classroom, a teacher or another child.

However, I do have a great story that ties to the banning of a book! When I was in high school there was a mother here in Gwinnett County, Georgia who raised an enormous fuss over removing the Harry Potter books from the county schools (this is an articlewritten far after I’d graduated, but it’s still the same woman). As my mom was a Gwinnett County teacher she figured she ought to read the four books that were out to see what the fuss was about.

She read through all four books in a week and then promptly turned around to hand them telling me I would love them. I read managed to read them all in four days (four school days, I might add). I was hooked from the first page and as you can tell from previous posts (and if you follow @breakthebind on twitter) I became quite the Potter fan.

I’m sure that I would have read them eventually, but the woman raising such a fuss about it accomplished the exact opposite of her goal. R ather than succeeding in banning the book and making it less desirable to read she managed to my mom, my dad and I all to read the books (and fall instantly in love with them!). That’s when I learned the lesson that the fastest way to get kids and teens to read a book is to try to ban it, as kids are programmed to do exactly what they are told not to.

 
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Posted by on 30 September, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

New Books and Nifty Articles

So, in retrospect I may have gone a tad overboard on my Amazon orders in the past two days. However, I’ve been eying the books that are due to release in the next two months and finally bit the bullet and pre-ordered them all. SO, now I have to sit and wait patiently until their release dates are finally here and the books appear on my door step.

In order of release I have pre-ordered:

The Magician King by Lev Grossman releases on August 9, 2011. This is the sequel to The Magicians and I’m hoping that this next chapter will redeem the author in my eyes for leaving me so unfulfilled at the end of the first book. I’m also excited as Lev will be at the Barnes and Noble in my neighborhood speaking and signing at the end of the month. I certainly never turn down a chance to go to an author event so you know I’ll be there!

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead releases on August 23, 2011. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the start of this Vampire Academy spin-off since the day she announced it would be actually happening! I adore Richelle Mead and love how well she manages to write both strong and interesting female and male leads. I’m especially excited to know that Adrian will be a part of this series as I grew especially attached to him in Vampire Academy!

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore releases on August 23, 2011. This is the second book in the Lorien Legacies. I enjoyed the first book immensely (not the movie so much) and so I’m intrigued to see a new character introduced and can’t wait to see where the action takes us this time!

The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill by Heather Brewer release on September 20, 2011. A spinoff/ companion series to her amazing Chronicles of Vladimr Todd, this book is sure to be as full of evil, intrigue, vampires and do-gooders as that series was! I’m a proud Master Minion and can’t wait to sink my fangs into this book!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins releases on September 29, 2011. I ADORED Anna and the French Kiss so I’m excited to see Stephanie Perkins back in her sophomore novel.From what I’ve heard I will love this book as much, and if possible, even more than I did Anna. Let’s hope my fellow bloggers are right!

The Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan releases on October 4, 2011. The Percy Jackson Series and the Kane Chronicles have fast become guilty pleasure reads for me. It’s amazing how fast I blow through them and how engrossed in Riordan’s world i become. I was ecstatic to discover last fall that Riordan was continuing in Jackson’s world and I devoured The Lost Hero the day it came out. I have no doubt I’ll do the same with this one as well!

 

In my attempt to entertain myself on my lunch breaks this week I’ve read quite a few book related articles around the web. Today I came across one that will give some good news to all of you eBook adopters that are bemoaning the loss of autographed books! Check it out over here at Author E*M*S.

And for all of you writer’s out there you need to read Claire Grand’s article Keep Calm and Write Your Damn Book. It provides a humorous look at the slippery slope a writer can find themselves on!

 
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Posted by on 5 August, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab!

Guys, there is only a week left before Victoria Schwab’s dĂ©but novel The Near Witch! If you’re as excited about this book a I am you can go ahead and pre-order your copy on Amazon to make sure you get it on release day! (ie NEXT TUESDAY).

As there is only one week left, this is the last giveaway. And it’s pretty epic. You can sign up for it yourself here. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed by signing up to enter.

If you haven’t heard anything about The Near Witch here’s the summary from Amazon:

“The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 
 
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 
 
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.”

 

 

I’m also getting excited about the release as Victoria will be at the Decatur Book Festival this year immediately after the book comes out. I can’t wait to hear her talk all about her book and the process of becoming a newly published author! Anyone that’s in or around the Atlanta area should definitely plan on being there to hear her speak!

 
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Posted by on 25 July, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab!

Victoria Schwab’s debut novel The Near Witch is only six weeks away from being released. If you’re as excited about this book a I am you can go ahead and pre-order your copy on Amazon to make sure you get it on release day!

If you haven’t heard anything about The Near Witch here’s the summary from Amazon:

“The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 
 
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 
 
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.”

To celebrate the countdown to her release day she is doing a giveaway on her blog each Monday. If you’re interested you can check that out here. There’s some great stuff in the giveaway so you definitely don’t want to miss out!

I’m also getting excited about the release as Victoria will be at the Decatur Book Festival this year immediately after the book comes out. I can’t wait to hear her talk all about her book and the process of becoming a newly published author! Anyone that’s in or around the Atlanta area should definitely plan on being there to hear her speak!

 
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Posted by on 20 June, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Books to read!

My “to be read” shelf is starting to overflow and I’m afraid I only keep adding to it with my impromptu trips to the closest bookstore. However, I have decided that this is the summer of not buying books, well that is after today in which i placed an order on Amazon and stopped by Barnes & Noble (In my defense most of the order was for school books for my summer class)!  Instead I will force myself to read the books that I have accumulated over the past few months as I did buy them because I wanted to read them.

So, here’s what the next two months will look like for me:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (started today)
The Magicans by Les Grossman
The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce
Pegasus
by Robin McKinley
Sunshine  by Robin McKinley
The Kings Daughter by Barbara Kyle
Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson
Anne Frank: The book, the life, the afterlife by Francine Rose
Pathfinder  by Orson Scott Card
Storm Born and the Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
Young Bess by Margaret Irwin
Snoop by Sam Gosling
Touch Magic by Jane Yolen
Contested Will by James Shapiro

That should be more than enough reading material to get me through the next few months! Plus, I figure if I get tired of my selection I can always raid my rommate’s and boyfriend’s shelves! Between the three of us we basically have a small library in our apartment and I’m pretty sure the landlord is afraid the floor may give out if we keep bringing books home.

Oh! I almost forgot, I do have two books on pre-order that I am exempting from my “do not buy” summer. Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Choices of One and the 20th aniversary edition of his first Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire. I’ve read Heir to the Empire numerous times since it was first released(and have two signed copies) but being the die-hard Star Wars fan that I am I have to own the new edition. Plus, I need both of the before Dragon Con so I can continue to have him sign books for me!