September 2018 Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

Hello and Happy October, friends! We’re finally to my favorite time of the year, Halloween! September was a difficult month reading-wise. I only read and finished three books, started some others, and set them aside because I just didn’t have the focus to read. Going back to work in the beginning of the month, and all of the responsibilities associated with that put a cramp in my reading style.

But I did read some awesome books this past month, so check out my September 2018 Wrap-Up.

Books I read last month

1.The Casquette Girls by Alys ArdenSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

Keep an eye out for my review of The Casquette Girls coming next Monday!

September 2018 Wrap Up2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude and her twin sister Taryn were stolen from the mortal lands when they were young, after their mother’s former husband (and father to their sister) killed their parents and stole them away to the faerie lands. Having grown up with the faeries, Jude wants to be just like them, brutal and beautiful. She dreams of being a knight in the king’s court. But the youngest prince, Cardan has it out for Jude, and will stop at nothing to make sure she never achieves her goal.

Might you be interested in reading my thoughts on this title? Make sure to tell me in the comments!

 

3. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa PalomboSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

Want to read my thoughts of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel? Check out my review on Creating Herstory before this book is released tomorrow!

These three books bring my total books read for 2018 to 42 so far. I only need to read 8 more to reach my goal (which shouldn’t be a problem).  
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Banned Books Week- Celebrate your right to read

Banned Books Week

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This week, Sept 27 – October 3 is Banned Books Week 2015.

This week on Amanda’s Nose in a Book we will be celebrating our right to read during Banned Books Week. I for one was always the child who became more curious about a book as soon as I found out it was challenged or banned. I sought out those books and devoured them, often loving them and recommending them to my friends.

It might surprise you, as it does me every single year that books written for Young Adults continue to be censored and banned or challenged by adults who believe that they are not appropriate for children.

Yes. This is still happening. In 2015.

Mind blown, right? Shouldn’t we be past this?

Books are banned for many reasons, but most are banned due to the subject material being seen as inappropriate for children or teenagers by other adults. See reasons why books are banned here and here.

That brings us to the question: what is appropriate or inappropriate for students to read?

Answer, it depends on the child. Some kids might be able to handle certain topics or subjects better than others. Most books that are published today have an age group in mind and while they talk about difficult subjects, they are done so with the experiences many children face every day in mind.

Authors don’t just talk about sex, assault, racism, poverty, or other tough subjects without the age level and the maturity of the audience that will be reading that book in mind. Think about it. Kids today see and go through a lot of terrible things. Talking about these topics in books not only tell kids that they are not alone, but they help to educate kids about what their peers might be going through.

So should books be banned at all?

No. Not even the crappiest of all crappy books. Censoring books because a  parent or group thinks they’re “bad” due to the content is wrong. Don’t get me wrong– if a parent doesn’t want their child to read a book, that’s fine and dandy. But trying to make it so that book isn’t accessible to a school, district, or kids in any school is B.S.

And I can almost guarantee that children will seek out the book that parents/teachers/school districts are so up in arms about. Telling a child a book/show/movie is forbidden will only make them want it more.

Learn more about Banned Books Week from the American Library Association