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Banned Books Week: In Defense of the Censored

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It's that time of year, Banned Books Week. I did a post last year that explained why Banned Books Week is important (you can read that here). This year, I will probably repeat myself. I was hoping to have the review done for the Banned Book I'm reading in honor of this week, but, alas, I have been distracted and not finished that book. (I'm reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night- Time, banned in 2015 for containing offensive language, a.k.a. swearing) So you will have to read that review in the next few weeks, once I get it posted.
I get absurdly excited for Banned Books Week. I can't even really say why. Nothing about my week changes, I go to work, go home- do all of my normal things. It might be that it's an entire week focused on reading. It is also because I think acknowledging that books are still getting censored and banned today is important. I think fighting this censorship is even more important. The things that make us uncomfortable are the thin…

Book 156: "Black Silk" by Jan Gordon

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Title: Black Silk
Author: Jan Gordon
Read in: Nook ePub
Genre: Paranormal Romance

I unknowingly picked up this book thinking it was a cool twist on the were story- with were panthers! While yes, they are were-panthers...this is a romance novel, pure and simple. Well, not really pure. There is very little plot in any other context aside from the small-town girl who owns a bookstore falls for a were-panther who mysteriously shows up in town storyline. Of course she's in danger so he's extra possessive in the name of protection and they fall in love. Oops- I ruined the ending.

If you can't tell that the paragraph above is less than impressed, don't worry. I'm not too worried about spoiling the ending for you because really- I just saved you time. This book is not good. It is trite, shallow, and really only has one purpose- to make women swoon. Don't read it. Just don't.

Book 155: "Poppy" by Avi

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Title: Poppy
Author: Avi
Read In: Trade Paperback
Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: Children's Animal Adventure

I am not a fan of stories where the only characters are animals. I'm not sure why. There are many great books where this is the case. But I've simply never been one to be able to identify well with animals. I have read many of over the years and have just never managed to connect.

Avi is one of my favorite children's authors. I thought that if anyone could break my dislike of animal characters it would be him.

Poppy is a well-written kids book. I live Avi because he's never afraid to address the dark side of life. Even kids know there's a dark side and Avi does this in a way that is kid friendly. Poppy is no different.
Poppy tells the story of a mouse family under the rule of a very mean owl. It is the story of them trying to break free for the benefit of their quickly growing family. I can't say much more without spoilers, so I won't.

If …

Book 154: "Poison or Protect" by Gail Carriger

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Title: Poison or Protect
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Novella, Steampunk, fantasy
Publisher: Gail Carriger, LLC
Read in: Nook ePub

Have you noticed that I adore Gail Carriger and everything she writes? Not yet? Well, now you know. This is the first in a series of novellas that Carriger plans to write. As with all of her work thus far, I loved it.

This novella series will follow the Finishing School characters once they are adults. This first installment is a story about Preshea. I can't say too much, given the short nature of this story, without giving spoilers. But I loved learning more about a character that was in opposition to the main characters of Finishing School. (If you can deconstruct that sentence). Be forewarned... it's steamy! This was the perfect tide-over story to get me through until Imprudence released (review to come soon!) and I'm counting on the coming releases of more novellas to get me through the next two years until the next installment of The Custard P…