February 26, 2012

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Freedom

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How are ya doin' this Sunday? Good, I hope. It's been an excellent book week for me. I ordered myself a couple of books from The Book Depository last week and they arrived in time for my birthday: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey (Persephone) and The Long Ships by Frans G Bengtsson (NYRB). The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey arrived by truck for review and (a couple of weeks ago) Kin by Lesley Crewe came to the house too. 

So, today is my birthday. I don't have any big plans for today. Mom is making me supper and the hubs made me a cheesecake. Other than that it's going to be a typical Sunday. I remember when birthdays were big deals, not so much when you're on the wrong side of 30. I don't mind it this year, unlike other years when I complain about getting older. I suppose it's because I'm working on being healthier and feeling pretty good.

Did you know Freedom to Read here in Canada starts today? On the Freedom to Read website there is a 39 page list of books that have been challenged in Canada since the 1960s. People are still challenging books for as many reasons as there are people. Quite a few of the recent ones were over differences in opinion on where in the library a book belongs, by patrons and librarians. I think that's different from outright banning. Still, it's good for the public to know what is happening in the libraries. Some of the challenges involving children's content could be solved by parents explaining to their kids their views on the topic. I do that all the time; it's called parenting. As for the adult books, if you don't like it then don't read it. You are an adult. Anyway, have a peek at that document. It's interesting.

Right now I'm reading Herland by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman, which is interesting and entertaining. I finally finished Roughing It In the Bush by Susanna Moodie. Oh Susanna, that was one long-ass book!

So, that's it for me. I'm going to get myself some more coffee. How was your reading week?

13 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday! Today is a popular day for birthdays of people I know. A cheesecake sounds wonderful. That's always what the guy wants, but I actually buy one from Costco... I could never make it like they do and it is his favourite.

    I am thinking I don't really need to read Roughing it in the Bush. Thanks for making sure I continue to avoid that book!

    And, I didn't hear anything about Freedom to Read. I am not sure how I missed that!

    Enjoy your birthday!

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    1. Thanks! My husband makes great cheesecakes, I must say. Just wait until I put up my review for Roughing It. Oh the complaining I do!

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I think I will go have a bite of chocolate molten lava cake if you don't mind and toast your honor.
    Herland IS interesting, isn't it? I found it odd overall and not quite what I expected but chockfull of interesting interesting ideas, really.

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    1. Thanks! No I don't mind, lol. I'm half through Herland now, lots to think about.

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  3. Happy Birthday Chris! I feel ya about being on "the wrong side of 30" heh even though I still feel like I act 23.

    I tell you, I was utterly and passionately disappointed in Herland. I ADORED me some The Yellow Wallpaper and walked into Herland with all of these glammed up expectations. #majorfail

    Hope you get something more from it. :)

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  4. Happy birthday to you!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  5. I remember what life was like in my twenties....I'm on the right side of 30 thank you very much. ;-) Happy Birthday.

    I enjoyed Herland. It's nothing lke The Yellow Wallpaper, but I found it to be lots of fun.

    Can I have The Long Ships when you finish it. :-)

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  6. Happy birthday! Enjoy Cheerful Weather, it's fantastic :)

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  7. Happy birthday, Chris! Thanks for the tip about banned reading week here in Canada. I'm off to see if there's one or two I can read this week to support the Freedom to Read. I hope you enjoy a leisurely day all day, with time to read.

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  8. Happy birthday, Chris! I'm on the "right" side of 30, glad I'm beyond all that. I'll be 72 in April. Have a wonderful day by reading.

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  9. Happy birthday, Christina!! There is no such thing as the wrong side of 30! I hope you enjoyed an extra piece of cheesecake for me. My stomach is growling at the thought...

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  10. Happy belated Birthday! Lovely book stack. I've read a lot of very positive reviews of Gemma Hardy. Might have to add that one to my wish list. Enjoy!

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