It was a busy week in the book blogging world. Banned Books Week was covered extensively with some great reviews of challenged books and other events to raise awareness of censorship in our libraries and schools. Here's some great coverage I hope you didn't miss:
- Devourer of Books posted about the recent removal of the Twilight Series, by Stephanie Meyers, from a California School District.
- The Boston Bibliophile provided some great links to organizations that fight book challenges fifty two weeks of the year.
- The Octogon and Minds Alive on the Shelves both provided links to a great banned book quiz.
- A wonderful Ode to Teachers of Banned Books was posted on The Book Lady's Blog.
The first Book Review Blog Carnival was held last Sunday, hosted by I'll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! and had a great turnout. Thought provoking reviews from all genres were showcased and it was a great way to discover new-to-me book review blogs and new books. If you missed it, you can check out the list of entries here.
Here's a list of the books that found their way into my infamous Leaning-Tower-of-Pisa to-be-read pile this week:
- First Knight, by Elizabeth Chadwick, courtesy of BookMooch.
- The Scroll of Seduction, by Gioconda Belli, courtesy of book store in the Houston airport.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson, courtesy of The Book Blog Lady (thank you!).
- Literally, the Best Language Book Ever, by Paul Yeager, courtesy of Amazon.
- Resurrection, by Tucker Malarkey, courtesy of local book store.
- Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country, by Rosalind Miles, courtesy of local book store.
- The Heretic Queen, by Michelle Moran, courtesy of Historical Tapestry (thank you!).
- And because I loaned out my copy of Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, and it was never returned, I treated myself to a replacement with the leather-bound, two book edition of Wicked and Son of a Witch. Here's your snapshot:
- The Spanish Bow, by Andromeda Romano-Lax, courtesy of Reading the Past.
- The Traitor's Wife, by Susan Higginbotham, who also authors Reading, Raving, and Ranting by a Historical Fiction Writer.
- A Place Beyond Courage, by Elizabeth Chadwick, courtesy of Passages to the Past.
- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, courtesy of The Octogon.
- Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn, courtesy of Wendi's Book Corner.
- The Triumph of Deborah, by Eva Etzioni-Halevy, courtesy of Educating Petunia.
- Tantalize, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, courtesy of The Luscious Literary Muse.
- The Seventh Son, by Reay Tannahill, courtesy of Tanzanite's Shelf and Stuff.
- Night of Flames, by Douglas W. Jacobson, courtesy of Literarily. If you'd like to win a copy, check out her interview with the author and contest here!
List of posts I hope you didn't miss:
- A great guest post covering medieval profanities by author Jeri Westerson on Historical Boys.
- A list of soon-to-be released movies that are based on novels at Interviewing Authors: Loaded Questions.
- Michelle Moran's latest novel, The Heretic Queen, is heading for a second printing already! Read about it on History Buff. (And yay for Michelle!)
- Book Club Girl listed the events taking place for National Reading Group Month.
- My Friend Amy talked about the responsibilty of book review blogging.
- B&B ex libris started a campaign to Kill Word Verification and Rid the World of Useless Typing!