[Book Club] November Reading!

Hello,

We’re at that time of the month again! I hope you’re excited for November’s edition of books.

The theme for this one was conspiracy/revolution, following the theme of Guy Fawkes night in the UK.

The chosen books are:

I hope you all like these, and look forward to reading one/all of them!

The Audiobook

I’ve never considered a snob when it comes to reading. I’ll read anything.

Perhaps when I was younger and the e-readers were just coming out and becoming a thing I was perhaps slightly snobby and refused to cave.

Since then, I’ve found the joys in reading on my kindle, but I have also continued my love for the paper book.

I’ve recently also got into audiobooks. I found I was getting really anxious on my drives to and from work, and reading has always been a way of calming down. Unfortunately I can’t read whilst driving.

So, I’ve started to listen to audiobooks. This week, my journey’s have been so much calmer and funner. I’ve been listening to Don Quixote, and it’s been so enjoyable.

The only drawback I’ve found so far is I find I don’t take everything in? But that’s usually when I’m too focused on driving.

I’ve learnt a new way to appreciate literature, and my driving time has been a lot less rage and anxiety filled.

Do you listen to audiobooks?

What’re your recommended audiobooks? Let me know in the comments so I can make a list!

November Reading Suggestions

November approaches ever faster, so let’s get some suggestions going!

In the UK, the 5th of November is Guy Fawkes Night. So, let’s keep going with a theme.

Do you have a conspiracy or a book on treason you’ve been dying to read?

Let me know in the comments and we’ll read it next month!

Your First Memory of Books

My first prominent memory of books and reading comes from my grandmother.

My grandmother was harsh, stern and silent from my memories (she passed away when I was 12), but in her home there was always a locked glass cabinet of books. All of them is various stages of disrepair. I remember always looking at the books, wondering what they were about.

I remember once getting brave enough to ask to read one, and she produced a key seemingly from nowhere, and unlocked it. I wasn’t given a choice, but I was given a book.

I really struggled with it. I wasn’t very old, and the words were foreign and in small writing. I’d never read a book in English before, not on my own. My schooling was all through the medium of Welsh, and thus, all the books I’d ever learnt to read were in Welsh. I’d never encountered an English book on my own before.

Sitting there, I found it really hard, but I remember loving the feel of the pages, turning the pages. But, it had sparked something. I needed to know more.

She never read those books to me, and I struggled to form the sounds of the words in my head as I read them. English words are a lot different to Welsh words, and the letters sound different.

I haven’t seen those books in a long time, and I don’t even remember what they were called. I remember the bright red and yellow covers, I remember the sellotape holding some of them together. But, they were my grandmother’s prized books, and I remember being so excited to get to finally read them.

There are two people in my life who I can thank for my love of literature, and my desire to study literature. The first would be my grandmother, for allowing me to read those books, or at least attempt, and then for her unwavering loyalty to my growing hunger for the page. I remember she used to collect stamps from the paper and get books from stamps just for me.

The second would be my English teacher in comprehensive school. Her passion and enthusiasm for the written word and the joys fo understanding the words presented in front of you inspired me to try and understand literature in the same way.

I have a lot to be grateful for, and I owe these two people a lot for who I am today.

What’s your first memory of books? Let me know!

Why Would You Ban a Book?

As Banned Books Week continues, it’s given me a chance to think about why you would ban a book.

Reading has multiple purposes and it’s purposes vary between the reader.

For me, reading is about learning and relaxing. Reading gives me pleasure and entertainment. For some it is a chore.

But what makes someone think that a book is outrages?

What makes The Perks of Being a Wallflower bad? What makes Harry Potter bad?

I’ve thought about it a lot over the last week, and I can’t figure it out. A lot of the books that appears on the lists of the most challenged books in the US are ones that I clung to growing up. The topics in The Perks of Being A Wallflower are admittedly heavy, but for some they are necessary. Yes, there is drug use and memories of child molestation, but it is also a book about acceptance, and learning that you don’t need to fit into society.

It’s boggles me how anyone would want to stifle literature in such a way that someone would not be able to access them?

If you have any thoughts on this let me know! I think weeks like this inspire discussion on censorship and the way we handle the content of literature, and something that definitely needs to be discussed.

Banned Books Week!

The 23rd to the 29th of October is Banned Books Week!

This is an important week of the year for literature, as it’s a week that celebrates books that have been challenged, either for their authors or their content.

Banned Books Week is an initiative started by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, and highlights the books challenged or removed from libraries and school libraries. Some of them are pretty absurd. Books challenged for LGBT characters, books banned for their drug use, magic, etc.

Is there a book on the list below that you’ve read and loved, but is challenged?

Take a look here and let me know!

[Book Club] October Suggestions!

What would you like to read this October?

As October is the month of Halloween, I thought maybe we could pick some horror fiction for this month!

Is there that one scary story you’ve been dying to read? That one non-fiction novel you really want to give a go?

Suggest it here, and we’ll read it together!