Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blog Update

It's been a while since I've actually posted to this blog. Hopefully, all of my blog followers have joined the Avid Readers unite fan page on facebook. If not, you're missing out on some really good recommendations. I've been having a blast this year reading some unforgettable books. We have alot going on this year. First, the 25 book a year challenge. Some of our readers are already very close to meeting this goal with only 2 months into the new year. Wow!! If you read at a slower pace,don't let that intimidate you. Set your own goal and post the title after each read. We just love to talk about books!

Second, we choose a book each month for discussion. This month is 'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' by Jamie Ford. Last month was 'Water for Elephants'. If you've read it, stop by the page and let us know your thoughts. Books are chosen by suggestions from fans. Have your say and post a book from your tbr list. Any book! One of my goals is to expose our readers to books outside of their normal genre. You'll be surprised of the outcome.

Third, I've set a personal goal to read at least one classic each month. I started with 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger. Ok read, but I'm sure I would've enjoyed it more as a teenager. Then there was 'Jane Eyre' and 'Lolita'. Both were good books but I can hardly call them one of my favorites. This month I'm reading 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'. Looking for something like, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' and 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'. Is 'The Color Purple' a classic? That leads me to this question, "What do you consider a classic book?" How old does a book have to be to meet the criteria?

Also, stay tuned for more information on Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon scheduled for April 10, 2010. We're going to have so much fun! To find out more, visit I'll keep you posted on what ARU has planned for this event.

Lastly, each year I celebrate Banned Books Week during the last week of September. It's the only national celebration of the freedom to read. More than a thousand books have been added since 1982 and more are added each year. You'll be amazed at what titles you'll find on that list! Hope you'll join me.

See you on the fan page!