{Bookworn} BBC’s BIG Read – Top 200 novels

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Hello there 🙂

Okay, so it’s Banned Books Week! *yay!*

So in lieu of some of the feedback on my Facebook, Twitter and the comments section of my “Hello Banned Books Week” post — I wanted to share with you a list the BBC made for the year 2000 and then updated shortly after. There are two giant lists here, so I turned it into the “Top 200.”

See two links below:

Original BBC List

The Game of the List

I wondered how many I read, since I am a bookworm and I admit to that fact, so here we go.

I’m going to post the Top 200 because there are some on 100-200 that I read as well. I put line breaks in groups of 20 for easy navigation.

Going to use a [x] to signify I read it.
Going to use “bold” formatting to signify I LOVED it.
Going to use “italics” formatting to signify I WANT to read it. [Read more…]

{Bookworm} Banned Books Week & some PR: Who was Ostracized the most?

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Continuing with the Little Pink Book’s coverage of Banned Books Week I wanted to share with you some information from the American Library Association  and a little PR-insight as well. [Read more…]

{Bookworm} Hello Banned Books Week :)

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I don’t hide the fact that I love books. I think they are filled with information and give people the opportunity to venture into unknown worlds, learn new things and most of all become more well-rounded individuals. Reading is about stepping out of the box, escapism and growth. Ignorance is a bad thing.

With that in mind, I give you Banned Books Week!

September 26 – October 3, I challenge you to read at least read one book on the list 🙂 Remember not all of these books have been banned, only some of them.

On that note, I encourage you to look at the list below and figure out which ones you have read (feel free to post your response in the comments.)

I did it too:-

I put in bold what I’ve read, I put in italics what I want to read and I put in the colour pink which books [Read more…]

Happy 143rd Birthday H.G. Wells

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As one of the father’s of science fiction, H.G. Wells wrote many books, a few of which you might have heard of:-

  • The Time Machine
  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau

A socialist and a pacifist, his works covered everything from politics, to the culture of his time, to the British lower-middle class, often with underlying tones of nature versus [Read more…]

{Bookworm} Hothouse, Margot & the 9 Plants of Desire

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Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of reading this amazing book called Hothouse Flower & the 9 Plants of Desire by Margot Berwin. The story is about an AD executive named Lila who ends up going on the adventure of a lifetime in the Mexican jungle: panthers, snakes, karma, some fruit and of course men. [Read more…]

{Bookworm Reads} The Invisible Mountain excerpt: Salomé

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Montevideo, Uruguay, 1966: Salomé is fifteen years old. She has watched the nation become increasingly repressive, as well as admired the Cuban revolution from afar. Her best friend, Leona, has just led her to a clandestine meeting…

Step into a world like none other: a world of women, ancient tradition and culture that is underlined by the will to survive. This is the world of The Invisible Mountain.

Written by Uruguayan-American author Carolina De Robertis, the story starts on the first day of the millennium in a small town where the local people have gathered to watch a miracle: the reappearance of a lost infant, Pajarita. The tale continues through Pajarita’s lineage, her daughter Eva and her granddaughter Salomé. From the growing city of Montevideo, to Perón’s glittering Buenos Aires to the rustic hills of Rio de Janeiro, The Invisible Mountain is a rich illustration of Latino and Spanish language and literature.

About the Author

Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents. Her fiction and literary translations have appeared in ColorLines, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Zoetrope: All-Story, among others. She is the recipient of a 2008 Hedgebrook Residency for Women Authoring Change and the translator of the Chilean novella Bonsái by Alejandro Zambra. She lives in Oakland, California.

Excerpt I: Pajarita on Voces

Except II: Eva on La Bloga

Excerpt III: Salomé (below) [Read more…]

{Bookworm Review} The Locust and the Bird

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By: Jenn Ortiz, guest blogger

I’ve heard stories about my family. Stories that rival those in the books I read. I have rarely gotten these morsels from the source itself, and this is my fault. I know that secrets and incredible histories lie in my family tree, but I have not dared to climb into that tree and pick the fruit. My grandmother will be turning 100 in October. Her story, and that of my mother, are two that I wish to hear, completely and cohesively.

Hanan Al-Shaykh was tempted by her family tree, specifically by Kamila, her mother, and she dared to pick the fruit. How richly she was rewarded. [Read more…]

{Bookworm Review} Not That Kind of Girl

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By: Jenn Ortiz, guest blogger

When the idea of reviewing books first came up at Little Pink Book, Sasha and I were figuring out what books we’d want to start with. Looking through upcoming books, I took a great interest in a book called Not That Kind of Girl. “OMG! I want it. This book looks great!”, I gushed to Sasha. Hello! The author went to religious schools and writes about her love of books, struggles with being a good girl, and men in her memoir? Been there, lived that. You bet I was digging it. A few days later, the book was in hand, and I excitedly began to read the book I had been so stoked about reviewing. [Read more…]

{Bookworm Review} Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

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Recently, I took to reading Steve Harvey’s “Act like a Lady, Think Like a Man;” a comical, enlightening and often commonsense set of stories for women, by a man looking out for women.

I was really skeptical when I picked up this title because I’m not the type of girl who reads “self-help” books. Call me crazy, but if need to pick up a book to evaluate myself via Barnes & Noble, it might be more sensible to see a shrink. At least the degree on their wall might convince me they are more interactive than a few pieces of paper slapped together with some glue.

But I digress, “Act like a Lady, Think Like a Man” is a beneficial, quick, easy and good read for any woman over the age of 16 who has dated, had a crush on or ever been intimate with any member of the opposite sex.

You know when your daddy said, “Men are only after one thing…” Yes, ladies, Steve Harvey says so too. But he’s not your daddy, and will take it a step further outside of the “comfort zone” to tell you WHY:- [Read more…]

Leonardo DiCaprio + Brave New World = *squeee*

Word on the Hollywood street has it that the first love of my little girl life, Leonardo DiCaprio, is teaming up with Ridley Scott to make a new film version of one of my favourite books ( …top 5 ever) Brave New World!

Yea, so now you understand my “*squeee*” [Read more…]