Wordless Wednesday



These pictures were taken a couple of years ago at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The art was created by local artists, unfortunately I don’t know who the names.

Top Ten Tuesday – Character Driven Novels

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a recommendation list.

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels


I like a good character driven novel just like anybody else. I actually just finished reading a couple of character driven novels for Banned Books week (reviews coming soon). The first five are books that I’ve already read and the second were recommendations I haven’t yet read.

Have Read

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

To Read

  1. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  5. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvrez

You can also catch me at I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. If you live in the Washington, DC metro area come out for our first meetup on Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 pm and  join the discussion — Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. If you’re not in the DC metro area feel free to join the online discussion at I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club or on Goodreads

Booking Through Thursday: Shakespeare

I haven’t felt much like blogging since I returned from Chicago. Much of that is in part because I developed a case of bronchitis that pretty much knocked me off my feet. So, I’m going to try and get back on track.

Thursday’s meme is Booking Through Thursday and the question is:

Okay, show of hands … who has read Shakespeare OUTSIDE of school required reading? Do you watch the plays? How about movies? Do you love him? Think he’s overrated?

In college I had to take an entire semester of Shakespeare, so I developed an appreciation for him. Since college, I have not just picked up a play and and said, “Let me read . . .” I have however, tried reading some of his sonnets. And I do mean try. I’m not that much into poetry, but I give a shot from time-to-time. Unless a Shakespearean poem is being read to me by the likes of Captain Jean Luke Picard, I typically don’t get it.

As far as going to the theatre to see his plays, I haven’t done that in a long time; which is completely unacceptable because we have the Shakespeare Theatre Company right here in DC as well as so many other venues that perform Shakepeare’s plays. One troop I want to see is Synetic Theatre. According to their website: Continue reading

I Read Banned Books Meetup Group

ETtnE9[1] I’m so excited my Meetup went live today, just in time to kick off Banned Books Week. It’s called the I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. So, obviously if you live in the Washington, DC metro area, please join us or if know someone who lives in the area that loves to read and is so inclined to make a few new friends than by all means them our way. If you don’t live in the area you can still be a part of the group. I will post the upcoming month’s book under the I Read Banned Books Club tab and you can read right along with us. After we meet I will upload a post that will contain my critique, a group discussion summary, and a few group comments. Feel free to share your thoughts on the banned book of the month. I would definitely love to continue discussing the book. Our first meet up is October 18th and we’re reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Enjoy! I hope you’ll stop by I Read Banned Books Club and give us your thoughts.