Book Fair Nostalgia

Yesterday morning, while I was out running errands, I ran across something that made me super nostalgic. One of the local elementary schools had a sign out in front of the building advertising the Scholastic Book Fair. Do you remember getting books from Scholastic as an elementary student? I certainly do! Scholastic was a big…

The Haunting of Hill House

There's something about the concept of the haunted house that has always been fascinating to me. I think some of my interest goes back to when I was a kid, watching Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! for the first time. It was one of my favorite shows when I was younger. As an adult, I'm still…

The Institute

When you think about horror, who is the first contemporary author that springs to mind? For me, it's Stephen King. The first time I read King's work was in college, when a friend recommended that I read Salem's Lot. I found the novel interesting and began to seek out more of King's work. I haven't…

Fall Colors, and Hockey, and Horror…Oh My!

October is one of my favorite months of the year. It's a time when the temperature finally begins to drop, hockey season officially starts, and the leaves turn beautiful colors...at least in theory. (Today's forecast was decidedly more consistent with summer than fall.) And of course, there's also pumpkin-flavored/scented stuff everywhere... I don't know if…

Books + Art = Life is Good

October is finally here! Not only is it the month in which we celebrate of one my three favorite holidays, Halloween, but it's the perfect time to enjoy both books and art...with National Book Month and InkTober. National Book Month is a great opportunity to celebrate your love of reading; either by yourself, or with…

Pride, Prejudice and Poison

When you think about the works of Jane Austen, the word "murder" isn't usually the first to spring to mind. But that's the subject of Elizabeth Blake's brand new novel, Pride, Prejudice and Poison. Pride, Prejudice and Poison is about a murder that takes place in Kirkbymoorside, an English village that has its own chapter…

The Irony of Fahrenheit 451

"It was a pleasure to burn."Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury 1) Fahrenheit 451 is the story of a fireman by the name of Guy Montag, whose job is to burn materials that have been deemed dangerous to society...namely books. He's good at his job and, given the first line of the novel (which is quoted above), seems…

Can Banned Books Week Be A Celebration?

Here on The Unapologetic Bookworm, Banned Books Week has been focused on sharing some of my favorite challenged/banned titles, as well as drawing attention to censorship. I've spent time discussing why certain books have been challenged, and also given some reasons for reading them. I've even issued some challenges of my own this week, including:…

The Hate U Give

Of all the books I have read during 2019, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, is the book that I was most impressed by. The Hate U Give is about a teenager named Starr Carter. After witnessing her unarmed friend being shot and killed by a police officer, Starr finds herself in a difficult…

Banned Comic Books: Bone

Happy National Comic Book Day! As some of my followers already know, I have a thing about comic books...namely that I adore them. I first started reading comic books when I was a kid. I used to be able to get new issues at the grocery store newsstand (and collector packages at Toys 'R Us),…