Posts Categorized: OHH!

You May NOT Read . . .

September 25, 2016 Book Talk, OHH! 13

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.


The Fault in our Stars, The Kite Runner, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or even For Every Child a Better World by Jim Henson {yes, THAT Jim Henson}.

Did you know that this year alone 45 books have been challenged and banned across the country from early childhood all the way through college-age children. This week we celebrate all books but especially those books which have been banned.

The rights and protections of the First Amendment extend to children and teens as well as adults. While parents have the right—and the responsibility—to guide their own children’s reading, that right does not extend to other people’s children. Similarly, each adult has the right to choose his or her own reading materials, along with the responsibility to acknowledge and respect the right of others to do the same.  When we speak up to protect the right to read, we not only defend our individual right to free expression, we demonstrate tolerance and respect for opposing points of view. -American Library Association

To give you a small taste of the literature you are being denied access, here’s a few quotes from challenged and banned books during this past year:

Challenged/Banned Meridian, Idaho; Wilmington, North Carolina and Highland Park, Texas

the absolutely true diary of a part-time indian

Challenged/Banned in Wesley Chapel, Florida

paper towns

Challenged/Banned in Cleveland, Texas


Challenged but retained in Waukesha, Wisconsin

looking for alaska

 [Tweet “Protect the freedom to read.”]

Challenged/Banned in Waukesha, Wisconsin

chinese handcuffs

Banned Wilson County, Tennessee

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Challenged/Banned in 2 Districts in California

the fault in our stars

Banned/Challenged in Lewes, Delaware

brave new world

Banned/Challenged in Pensacola, Florida

little brother
Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.


What are your thoughts on banned books? Have you ever had someone deny you access to a book you wanted to read?



I Heart Hachette

May 24, 2014 Book Talk, OHH! 7

Hachette Book Group has published many of my favorite authors over the years – Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Dan Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson, Alice Hoffman. . .to name a few.  You may have read about the contract conflict going on between Hachette and Amazon, with Amazon delaying shipment & increasing prices of most of Hachette’s titles.  Hachette released the following statement on May 9th

It is our normal policy not to comment on negotiations underway with any retailer.

However, we have been asked legitimate questions about why many of our books are at present marked out of stock with relatively long estimated shipping times on the Amazon website, in contrast to immediate availability on other websites and in stores.

We are satisfying all Amazon’s orders promptly, and notifying them constantly of forthcoming publicity events and of out-of-stock situations on their website. Amazon is holding minimal stock and restocking some of HBG’s books slowly, causing “available 2-4 weeks” messages, for reasons of their own.

We are grateful for the patience of authors and all Amazon readers as we work to reach an agreement and to encourage Amazon to be back to offering Hachette Book Group’s books within normal shipment times.

In an effort to support the authors who are impacted by this impasse, Allison from The Book Wheel has implemented a Twitter Feed highlighting our favorite Hachette titles.  Please join the book blogging community on Twitter and Instagram showing your support as well – you can simply tweet your favorite titles at #ReadHachette or post photos on Instagram of your Hachette books.  {here’s a link to the Hachette site with a list of all their books, imprints and authors} Or you can do one even better – purchase a Hachette title from your local independent bookstore, Books-a-Million or Barnes and Noble.  For more information about #ReadHachette please visit The Book Wheel.  A few articles on the contract dispute are here, here and here.


Missed Opportunities

May 4, 2013 Book Talk, OHH! 9

I am notorious for subscribing to a magazine and then never opening the cover, much less taking a few moments to read the succinct articles.  My problem is that when I start reading, if its something that grabs my attention, then I don’t want the piece/book/story to end…..and inevitably, it ends, way too soon!  I’m the same with novels but those are usually more than a few pages long!

So imagine my surprise when the first magazine I do open up to read for the first time in several months has a blurb about a popular blog recently receiving a book deal.  Well, that should be great, right?  Well, yes.  It should be, and it IS, for the couple who are writing it ~ for me….well, it’s a book project I started over four years ago and then set to the side, thinking no one would ever be interested in tattoos and the stories behind the story.  Apparently, I was wrong. Very, very wrong.

Fear is such a debilitating emotion.

I was terrified of so many things ~ not being a good enough writer; no one would be interested in the topic; I’d get it all finished and then find out it was put together all wrong, ie – not the correct photo releases and a hundred other things, but when I was coming up with all the reasons  for not finishing the book, the one thing I never imagined was someone else having the same idea, and publishing it!

Although I never finished writing the book I began four years ago, I have learned in these past few months not to allow opportunities pass me by.  It has been a tough lesson; however, not one I shall quickly forget.

Have you had a similar experience? An extremely icky-tasting lesson that taught you more about yourself and life?

photo credit: Rachel Awes

photo credit: Rachel Awes


Happy Weekend Lovelies!










Questions for the Experts!

January 25, 2013 Book Talk, OHH! 9

Used with permission from CartoonStock

Used with permission from CartoonStock

With all the social media out there do you sometimes have a hard time figuring out what exactly to put on your blog?

For example ~ are you on Pinterest? Goodreads? LibraryThing? Twitter? Facebook? ReadItForward? etc. etc.

So how do you determine what to put on which social site? AND especially, making the time to post anywhere?  Please share some of your best tips for organization and time management.  I am falling apart at the seams wondering how to keep up with it all! AND time to visit all the wonderful blogs out here in the blogosphere ~ there’s so much good information, recommendations and just plain fun posts to read. But where’s the time? Can we add about 12 hours to each day?

Any and all suggestions and commiserations will be greatly appreciated!

A tsunami hug to all!





5 Favorites From 2012

December 31, 2012 Book Talk, OHH! 16

45056_10151197178703379_1712552511_n_largeIn looking back on 2012 there was a clear winner to me for favorite book ~ 11-22-63 by Stephen King.  Phenomenal.  And what made the reading experience even that much more was listening to the audiobook and Craig Wasson’s narration.  Wasson became Jake Epping for me.  Do yourself a favor and listen to this gem of a novel ~ you won’t be disappointed.

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield was my favorite debut novel of the year. A fantastic southern fiction reminiscent of The Secret Life of Bees.  Favorite general fiction that grapples with faith was Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas.  A historical fiction novel highlighting the resiliency of the human spirit.

There were a couple of favorite reads in the young adult category, not to be missed: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda.  Two very divergent novels ~ the Blake novel is a perfect Halloween read while the Chadda novel reflects the unique diversity of authors and characters.

So what was your favorite book of the year?