Sunday, 26 September 2010

The Sunday Salon – Challenges, Books and Discussions

My feet are up after a long day at a craft fair and I thought I would touch base with you all while I have a cup of tea and give you a heads up on a few things..

Firstly thank you guys for bearing with me during my MINI RANT the other day – it is nice to clear the air now and again.. But as I said on comments, I live in hope that things will change.

Here’s a heads on a STEAMPUNK CHALLENGE hosted by Rikki from The Bookkeeper

It is of course another book reading challenge – what I love about it however is that it’s quite relaxed in it’s rules and because it is a relatively fresh genre, especially the romance angle, readers of the genre have already been chipping in and giving their recommendations.

The challenge will flow right over into next year and I have a few books already that I can make bedside reading material and there are still a few more to be released in the coming year.

I do like this genre and for me it is nice to mix up my reading genres… interested, go visit The Bookkeeper..

Banned Book Week

September 25−October 2, 2010 is banned book week and all over the net and in my local area I have events galore encouraging  reader to get involved and read a banned book.

I do have quite a few of the banned books on my shelf and I am re-reading Maya Angelou’s – I Know Why The Cage Bird Sing as my book of choice during this period.

Here is a synopsis of why that book was banned and some general info.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by celebrated African-American poet Maya Angelou was challenged in many American high schools in 1994. The book was said to contain "encouragement to partake in premarital sex, homosexuality and use profanity."


Angelou is one of America’s most important writers, and this book is one of her most brilliant works. These accusations were made mainly in Texas, under George W. Bush, as well as in Iowa and Colorado. All accusations stated the book as "a lurid tale of sexual perversion" for its depiction of homosexuality as an appropriate lifestyle. These accusers seemed to ignore the fact that I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of the landmarks of American (especially African-American) literature.

Ms’ Angelou has been and still remain one of my favourite author and poet. As I was looking around at the books on the banned list  Daddy’s Roomate by Michael Willhoite caught my eyes.

Here is a synopsis of why that book was banned and some general info.

Daddy’s Roomate by Michael Willhoite is an open-minded children’s book that encourages tolerance towards gay and lesbian relationships. Boy, did this one get dissed! When it was read in class to schoolchildren in Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Arizona in 1994, complaints flooded in, alleging that the book ‘promoted gay and lesbian relationships as appropriate.’ The book is in many libraries across Canada, but has been removed by most in the United States.

I am going to try and read the two during this week – even if I don't complete them during this time I will definately complete this one.

Will you guys be reading any of the banned books?

Some Conversation around the web..

While I was trawling around the web this week – I found so many interesting conversation that not only had me thinking but comments really shed a different light on certain topics.

Here’s one that was right up my street..

Rebecca from Dirty Sexy Book – talked about Erotica and Romance 

Why does it have a “dirty” reputation?

Because our culture is closed off, and closed mouthed when it comes to sex.  Our idea of sex education is a joke.  We talk about the mechanics of the act, the repercussions of disease and pregnancy, but does anyone inform young ladies how to actually have an orgasm?  Does anyone tell those horny young men how to satisfy their partners?  No.  Erotica explores the stuff we’re afraid to talk about, and frankly, I wish someone had handed me a quality anthology back when I was a teen.  I think it empowers women, it educates men, and it entertains us all, beautifully.

© Rebecca – Dirty Sexy Books

Have you guy come upon any good discussions recently ?


Enjoy the weeks peeps…

Until next week – cheers

From  site –

What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....

That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book.

3 Speak To Me:

wren boudreau on 26 September 2010 at 23:30 said...

Hi E.H! Thanks for the link to the Steampunk challenge. I'm not going to join the challenge, but I am going to stay tuned to the reviews and links and whatnot. This genre intrigues me, and I've fallen in love with Gail Carriger's books, so am curious as to what else is out there.

Chris on 27 September 2010 at 00:01 said...

I have a little pin in my cube at work: "I read banned books." :)

Amy C on 27 September 2010 at 01:08 said...

I usually try to read soemthing on the banned books list during the banned book week. It sorta slipped my mind this year, however. I know I have some around here somewhere...not sure if I'm in the mood for one of them though. I was recommended by a lady I go to school with to read Slaughter House 5. She said it's a great book. I'd like to read it, but doubt it will be during this week.