Challenges Update # 14 – Week 3 of War & Pages

Greetings my dazzling, sprightly Bookbaggers!

Welcome to third update of War & Pages + other exciting challenge developments 🙂

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Last weekend was a long one due to a Monday public holiday (it was the Queen’s Birthday holiday, but only in Perth…and her birthday is actually in April…its a little confusing but woo! public holiday!) so I was able to socialize and read more – huzzah! The downside was that I became a bit discombobulated with Sunday feeling like Saturday, Monday feeling like Sunday and Saturday not knowing how to feel, that I didn’t complete my reading for War & Pages until the Monday! Since it was a public holiday and the week was all screwy I decided that Monday still counted as last week and thus I completed my quota sufficiently :P:

Catch 22:

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26 pages (2 chapters)

World War Z:

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26 pages

Total:

62 pages

Woohoo another unintentional perfectly balanced set of numbers! 😀
(I swear I really didn’t do that on purpose and was embarrassingly excited when I discovered it)

In other news, in case you don’t know a certain month-long challenge has officially begun:

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So far this month I finished one of my current reads:

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Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane, and so have my guilty preemptive pick – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – ready to start, but I haven’t finished anything else yet. However, Heartless by Gail Carriger has only 4 chapters to go, and World War Z by Max Brooks is similarly nearing the end so this weekend may be when I choose my first books and graphic novels for Old Books October 🙂

I also started reading my Banned Books Week choice – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – yesterday (yes, I didn’t even begin it during Banned Books Week :s Darn long weekend!) and went through the whole first half (the copy I borrowed is actually a collection of both the original volumes:  Persepolis #1 – The Story of a Childhood and  Persepolis #2 – The Story of a Return) in one sitting. Almost immediately I was glad I chose it out of the list of banned/challenged books because it is a wonderfully honest and confronting tale of the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution and regime change of the early ’80s and the war between Iran and Iraq. I have already learnt a lot about the culture and politics of Iran at the time which I either wasn’t aware of or knew just as flat facts from school, and it has inspired me to read up more on the subject as well as related concepts (i.e. Communism and Marxism). I can’t wait to read the rest of it (which I will probably do this afternoon or tomorrow).

That’s all for now, but brace yourself for a potentially juicy update next week 🙂

Until then:

Live Long and Read!

(Is that sacrilegious to Trekkies? In my mind prospering and reading are synonymous, but as always if you have opinions or other suggestions for a new sign off say so in the comments or hit me up at  bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com or the Facebook page if email isn’t hip enough :P)

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Challenge Update #13 – Week 2 of War & Pages + Its Almost Old Book October! :D

Howdy my scintillating, spectacular Bookbaggers!

Welcome to the second update of War & Pages + some other little updates challenge-wise 🙂

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I had another nice weekend of reading (mainly on Sunday) cuddled up with the dogs while it rained outside – one of my favorite settings for a long reading session 🙂 – and I easily made my quota:

Catch 22:

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World War Z:

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Total:

63 ½ pages

In other news I’m getting pretty excited because there is less than a week until the start of Old Book October 😀 And if that wasn’t exciting enough I am tantalizingly close to the end of three books – Heartless by Gail CarrigerChasing Magic by Stacia Kane (which both have around 100 pages left) and World War Z by Max Brooks (which has even less than 100 and considering its part of the challenge could be the first one I finish depending on how exciting the other two get  :P) – just in time to choose ones for the event! 😀

Since I did a guilty preemptive pick earlier this month, whichever book I finish first will be replaced by Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, but after that it will be all Old Books until the end of October!

I also wanted to read a Banned/Challenged book in honor of Banned Books Week and sort of in answer to a challenge posted by Tara from The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh”. However, because of all the other challenge action, i didn’t want to commit to a long book, so while I’ve been reading all the lists of frequently challenged books (a bit of an obsession of mine this week!) i kept my eyes peeled for short, yet interesting children’s books or graphic novels. In the list of Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013 I found the perfect book: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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Persepolis is the perfect fit because:

  1. I have wanted to read it for years, and especially since I started my Comic Companions challenge
  2. As a graphic novel its not too long to distract me from other challenges so I should be able to at least start it while Banned Books Week is still going
  3. It can also be the Comic Companion for Neverwhere (I did technically already choose, and read, Star Trek TNG: Hive as Neverwhere‘s Comic Companion, but since that was weeks ago I wanted a new one :P)
  4. A quick search on my work’s catalogue revealed that we have it in the collection at a different campus so I was easily able to place a hold and get it sent to me the next day!

The biggest selling point though was the little blurb under its entry in Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013:

Removed, via a district directive, from all Chicago, Ill. public schools (2013) due to “graphic illustrations and language” and concerns about “developmental preparedness” and “student readiness.” Seventh- and eleventh-grade students study the graphic novel about the author’s experience growing up in Iran during the Iranian revolution as part of Chicago Public Schools’ Literacy Content Framework. As the news spread of the directive, students mobilized a media campaign in opposition to “banning a book that’s all about the freedom of speech.” Students took to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, checked out all library copies of the book, wrote blogs, sent e-mails, wrote investigative articles for the student newspaper, contacted the author, staged protests, and appeared on local radio and television programs. Eventually, the school issued a letter telling high school principals to disregard the earlier order to pull the book. source: May 2013, pp. 103–4

Source: Doyle, R.P. (2013). Books challenged or banned 2O12–2O13. Retrieved from http://www.ila.org/BannedBooks/BBW_2012-2013_Shortlist.pdf

How could I resist reading a banned/challenged book which prompted such a passionate reaction from the students? Plus it was one on this year’s list which is a fitting way to get involved on my first year actively celebrating Banned Books Week 🙂

I’ll update you on what I thought of it in a future challenge update along with other exciting challenge stuff, plus my official listing of the rules and contenders for Old Books October on the 1st of October, but until then:

Ban Bombs – Not Books!

(That may be a controversial sign-off but I stand by it! Please send complaints to bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com so they can be blithely ignored 😛)

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Banned and Challenged Books

Two reblogs in a week, oh my! I just had to reblog this because I have been reading up on Banned Books Week, and banned/challenged books in general pretty much all day and this list from Tara of The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh” shows why the event is so important. If you want to learn some quick facts about banned and challenged books, Banned Books Week and how to get involved this is a great place to start 🙂

Banned Books Week

I don’t usually Reblog (in fact this is my first) but since Christie from bibliophiliacs is actually doing regular posts for Banned Books Week I thought I’d share it around 🙂 I won’t be doing what she is, but perhaps I’ll come up with a little something by the end of the week 😛

Happy (illicit) Reading!

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This week, the week of September 22nd to September 29, is Banned Books Week.

This is the description that the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (what an awesome thing) has on their website:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

I’m going to do posts this week about banned books.  Some of the ones that have been banned and are still banned will surprised you, or maybe not if you’re more cynical than me.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the one I’m…

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