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),…

The Power of Books

When I think about all the books I have read over the course of my lifetime, the ones I remember the most vividly are the stories that challenged me in some way. Many of them are novels (or nonfiction texts) that helped to shape my values and sparked interests, caused me to pursue certain career…

Banned Books Week

"Any book worth banning is a book worth reading."Isaac Asimov Of all the people who have spoken about censorship, Isaac Asimov is the author whose response most accurately reflects my own attitude toward banning books. I can't tell you how many times I've bought books simply because someone else told me not to read them.…

Book Love

Here's a fun game to play the next time that you're out in public... See if you can spot fellow book lovers based on your own reading habits. You might watch for people who casually pull a book out of purses or backpacks while at the doctor's office. (I've actually been known to carry paperbacks…