Sunday, January 22, 2012

Must Read Monday (#13)

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The goal of the Must Read Monday is to find share your love of great books with others in the hopes that they'll add a new title to their To Be Read list.

Your job is to create intrigue for other hoppers. What makes your book so swoon-worthy? What do you absolutely have to mention so they'll read it?

On your post, you'll make an acrostic puzzle (think of it as an overview/book blurb type of thing).

For specific ways to build your puzzle, click here, but pretty much any style of acrostic is welcome.

When you leave comments on other posts, be sure to mention whether you're adding that book to your TBR pile, and what part convinced you to do so.

It's all about powers of persuasion, people:) You might have to think a little, but channel that inner-creative goddess (or god).

Winners of Must Read Monday Week #12:

Pamela @ At Home Between the Pages (The Scorpio Races)


Eve Quinn @ Even Quinn's Notebook (The Host)

These ladies did such an awesome job that I had to pick both!

Pamela's grabbed me from the start: "Thisby is an island Haunted by Evil, flesh-eating water horses..." How can you not want to pick up that book. Plus her last two lines were, "Except there can only be one winner. So let the games begin." She did an excellent job on imagery and details.

Eve Quinn consistently has a meaning in every word she writes, and all the lines tell the story superbly. Loved everything, including the description "Everyone has succumbed to the souls," but her last line is awesome: "Two souls, two different loves, one shared body, and one intricate bond between captor and captive."

I'm impressed!
Remember, you must follow both ladies to participate this week!

This week's topic:
An amazing controversial/banned book (
You can check the top banned books each year on this list up to 2010. I found mine by looking at the "frequently banned classics" list.

Here's mine:

Allegory of the Russian Revolution, children
Need to know of the millions of innocent souls taken by Stalin.
In the story, the animals revolt,
Make their own rules
Agree to never sleep in a bed, stay in the farmhouse,
Live like the humans.

Fight for power ensues between the smartest pigs, Snowball
And Napoleon. Snowball wants to build a windmill for electricity.
Raising puppies up as killers, Napoleon desires complete and utter control.
Maybe humans should be the role model, not the enemy.

This book was banned because "Orwell was a communist" and the phrase "masses will revolt" was used in the text. Also, in some editions there were pictures of pigs drinking alcohol, which were found to be contrary to Islamic and Arab values.

Let me stand up so I can fall back into my chair shaking with laughter (mostly of the ironic kind). So books can be banned on hearsay? I also can't imagine a group of teens saying, "We now feel called to rebel."

*Next week's topic: Favorite self-published book (or, if you don't have one, a book that is underpublicized that more people should know about)

  • Must become a follower to participate.
  • Follow the winner from last week to participate.
  • Grab my button to place in your post.
  • Make sure you have a backlink in your post to each weekly post I put up, not just to my website.
  • Where it says your name please include name @ blog name Ex: Jenna @ Fans of Fiction
  • Your exact post URL is the one that goes in the linky box, not your website.
  • Don't just hop around; leave comments! We all love reading what others have to say.
  • Enjoy!


Valette M. said...

You've described this book perfectly! No clue why it was banned. If anything, it shows how communism wrecks society.

Jinky said...

A satire to wake up humans! Great book choice and acrostic.

Kristan said...

I remember reading this book in high school and loving it! The symbolism in it is amazing. Great job as always Jenna!


P.S. I had to link up twice. Jinky mentioned I linked up the wrong post! Ooops =)