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{June 29, 2011}   WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury….a classic that I have NEVER read before and the premise is SO intriguing. And I really love the idea that a book about banning and burning books was once banned. Were people really THAT afraid of children learning to think for themselves?

What did you recently finish reading? “Every time I go home, I break out into relatives” and “Married beyond recognition”, both by Sylvia Harney…a 2 books in 1 book. I got this book from the library’s annual sale because of the funny titles. They were written in the late 80’s so some of the differences in the times were kind of comedic but I enjoyed them. I think the main points of the books were ones that were lasting.

What do you think you’ll read next? probably “Valley of the Dolls” by Jacqueline Susanne(not sure if I spelled that right). One of my friends mentioned how it was one of her favorite books and girls used to carry it around hidden by paper bags because of the content when it first came out. Well…that idea just made me want to see what this was about! For some reason, if a book is banned or controversial, it kind of makes me want to check it out all the more. It’s just this feeling of “What are they worried about me reading?”

(Speaking of old classics, I checked out 2 other ones, one which was banned in the past and the other, I believe, was controversial. Both I have never read. “The Catcher in the Rye” and “Slaughterhouse Five”….then I got 2 other books which aren’t classics that you will see mentioned in later WWW Wednesday’s!…I’m in a library checking out frenzy!)

Speaking of BANNED books, what are YOUR opinions? Does the word BANNED make you curious as well? Do you have any previously banned books that you love that you would like to share with me? Any you would like to recommend? I would love to hear! 

Have a great reading day! 🙂


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I can’t wait to hear what you think of Valley of the Dolls? I was thinking about putting it on my list until I read Stephen King’s On Writing and he said Valley was one of the most atrocious books ever written… He did suggest to read it to see what poor writing really is, so you’ll be the guinea pig! Maybe that’s one of those books that should be burned. 😉

I didn’t like Catcher in The Rye the first time I read it and I’m not sure I want to give it a second change. Maybe you’ll make me change my mind.

As for banned books, there are so many of them, it makes me want to read them all!



I started Valley of The Dolls yesterday…and you know, so far…..I actually like it!
I’ve read Stephen King’s “On Writing” but it was awhile back so I didn’t remember him mentioning this book. I guess I can see where he would say that…there’s more dialogue than anything so far and I wouldn’t call the writing “up to Stephen King’s” quality, but it reads more like a guilty pleasure book….maybe the difference between an Emmy winning movie and say, a soap opera….In that case, you may still watch the cheesy soap opera and secretly love it but is the quality as good? NO
I guess it’s kind of like that….idk
I’m pretty stubborn with books AND movies, I don’t like deciding not to read or watch based on another author’s opinion….probably the same reason I don’t let “BANNED” stop me from wanting to read…..I like to read or watch and form my own opinions, ya know?
Catcher in the Rye was a choice of mine because it was Banned…..the jury is out on whether I will like it or not.
I DO remember reading something about Stephen King where he was sorta negative about the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I both agreed/disagreed with him on that…..I have read the whole trilogy and while I think it’s very good writing, I doubt I would read them again, but it was NOT my favorite style of writing to read…..J.R.Tolkien is extremely descriptive on details, almost to the point of neglecting everything else…..he can spend 50 pages describing the scenery in any one scene, which is a beautiful talent that I wish I could even come close to mastering, BUT it also tended to bore me in reading the trilogy….I like shorter descriptions and then moving on to the plot and the dialogue…that is just my personal opinion
Stephen King didn’t like the long descriptions because he felt it left nothing to the imagination….if you describe every single detail of everything, then what is there left for your mind to fill in? He doesn’t like everyone seeing the same picture in their head….because half the fun is using your imagination to fill in the blanks…..which I kind of agree with him on
At the same time, every reader of books is different and some LOVE that, some HATE it…..I personally believe BOTH writers are great in their own regards…..it’s like comparing apples to oranges!



Well, I do want to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I hear what you’re saying about being too descriptive. It does leave little to the imagination and to me, that’s not what writing should be about. I always think dialogs are so much more interesting, or monologues.

I agree with you that we all have different tastes and that’s why there are so many books, movies, etc. I recently read The Alchemist because I had heard it was a book to read and so many people loved it. It was a great disappointment for me. Poor writing, poor storytelling, uninteresting characters. It could have made for a great book but I don’t think the author did such a good job. He sold over 20 milllions copies so at least his publishing company is great at marketing!



Yea, never read that one. I am now finished with Valley of the Dolls….I have mixed feelings about it. I liked the book but it was really depressing for me….but then again, the story line was real and something many actresses and models deal with so I guess I’m not surprised. I was sad how everything ended though.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is still worth the read but it just takes TIME to get through. It took me a lot longer than most books do for me to read, just because it’s so descriptive.



nrhatch says:

Sounds like you’re reading some great books, Sharon. Enjoy!



I will do, thanks!



Great books Sharon. We had a tornado go by us within 3 miles- lost power and was horrified. Now my brain does not want to work.



WOW! Scary….I hope you and everyone else around there was OK!



eof737 says:

I’m impressed by your reading effort and choices… you go girl and keep us on our toes as you read away. 🙂
It’s been a hectic week and I’m now catching up with everyone.
Happy July 4th weekend to you! 🙂
Elizabeth



I’m a very eclectic reader……my husband says I could read ANYTHING but that’s not necessarily the truth…..I just love a variety of books…..same with my musical tastes and movie tastes….It’s very varied!



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