Oh noes! There’s cursing and violence and sex in books…

27th September 2011

Because none of that happens in real life. Right? Right? *blinks*

As many of you know, this is Banned Book Week. For more information on banned books, both classics and contemporary works, check out the American Library Association website. Also, Trish at eclectic/eccentric has a great post up about some frequently-banned books.

I am participating by joining in the ALA Virtual Read-Out. If you want to join in, read here for more details. And check out my video (while politely ignoring my accent) for an excerpt of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.


  • Like I said on Twitter, you don’t sound nearly as Texan as you say you do!

    I really need to read Invisible Man. It really intimidates me but has been on my mental TBR list forever.

  • Thanks Amanda. I’ve never done a vlog because I’m really self conscious about my accent. Once had a woman on the phone put me on speaker and make me repeat what I said so they could laugh. ๐Ÿ™

    Anyway, don’t be intimidated. I had never heard of it when a college prof put it into my hands, and it honestly changed the way I looked at the world. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

  • I remember reading The Invisible Man in high school. It wasn’t what I expected at all, but I remember thinking it was a really good book.

    Your bedroom is very nicely decorated. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like how the headboard is similar to the design on the window (door?) behind you.

    • Did you read THE Invisible Man or Invisible Man?

      And thanks! It’s actually the office/front bedroom. The wall normally behind me has pictures and invitations on a bulletin board so a bit distracting. It’s a small armoire behind me. And yeah, I love it!

  • Amy

    Great reading from a great book! You sounded good. I have been doing a Banned Books Month Challenge, but you might have inspired me participate in the ALA’s virtual read-in as well.

    • Thanks, Amy! I don’t like seeing or hearing myself on video, but I thought it was such a great idea, I had to participate.

  • Look at you all vlogging and stuff! You brave, brave girl. And you did great. There’s nothing wrong with your accent; I can still understand you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Elyse! And yeah – getting to be a big girl blogger, vlogging.

  • Sommer

    You did great! Love it. You had an accent?!

    • Thanks! But yeah, I hear the accent. Do you never hear your accent when you’re teaching? It will drive me crazy sometimes when I pick up on it.

  • I’ve never read this one but I have a copy and have always meant to get to it. It was fun “meeting” you through the video ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! As I said, it’s one of my favorites. If you pick it up, I’d love to know your thoughts.

  • Your accent and your voice is absolutely fine. It’s great seeing you on video.

    One question, how do you go about preparing for a vlog? Did you practice/rehearse what you were going to say? What did you use to record the video?

    I think I would be terrible at this stuff. I tend to stammer or race through it. so I doubt I would ever come up with anything usable. But, I am really curious as to how the whole experience was for you.

    • Thanks, Nishita!

      It wasn’t as difficult as I thought. I did take SEVERAL shots because I would choke on a word or a train was blowing its whistle or the dog barked… But I used iMovie on my Mac, and it was super easy. I practiced mostly because I have no clue how to edit content.

      I was really nervous posting this just because it really puts yourself out there in a different way, but it was a positive experience. If you decide you want to do it, go for it!