Friday, April 1, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge: A Book That Was Banned at Some Point

A Book That Was Banned at Some Point

This book of the challenge was just easy.  What book hasn't been banned or at least challenged at one point or another?  However, I had higher hopes for this book than what it delivered.

Forever by Judy Blume


There's a first for everything.

When you build up something in your mind -- really imagine it, wish for it -- sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn't live up to your expectations.

True love is nothing like that.

Especially not for Katherine and Michael, who can't get enough of each other. Their relationship is unique: sincere, intense, and fun all at the same time. Although they haven't been together all that long, they know it's serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.

But it's senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are destined for another big "first": a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime, or the very beginning of a lifetime of love?


Eh, I really expected more from Judy Blume, and I've read plenty of her books in the past.  It wasn't bad per-say, but it wasn't exactly engaging either.

As for banned, Texas in it's usual controlling way hated children to learn about sex and love.  Here is a very nice post about where any why it was banned and challenged: Censorship & Judy Blume.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: Goodbye to Yesterday

Title:  Goodbye to Yesterday
Author:  Wanda E. Brunstetter
Series:  The Discovery (#1)
Rating: 3/5


Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A drug addict on the run. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?


I'm not saying this book is bad, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.  It's novella length, and book one of a six part series about an Amish couple.

I had two major problems with this book:  I hate things involving amnesia, and it moved slower than an Amish buggy (and I'm not being mean with that, I think Amish living is fascinating).  I didn't really realize it had to do with amnesia until the very end, but from what I read the rest of the series is heavily focused upon that aspect.

Overall, not going to read the rest of the series, but may try the author again with a different book or series.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Reading Slump

Have you ever read a book that was just so good that every other book you try to read for weeks after can barely be started?

I'm in a reading slump!!!

I can't get past the first 15 pages of any book that I pick up, and considering I work at a library that is a lot of books!  I've read a few children's books, but that's all.

Anyone have tips for getting out of this?  I just want to read!

(This sounds so dramatic when I write it all out)