I've been wanting to do the Virtual Read-Out ever since I first heard about it. Then every time Banned Books Week rolls around, something got in the way. This year? I wasn't going to let that happen. I made a plan and I was determined to follow through on it.
Banned Books Week means a lot to me because the idea of banning books is utterly ridiculous. I understand that not every book is going to be everyone's cup of tea. The problem is when one person's opinion tries to get in the way of OTHER people reading the book. There's nothing wrong with not wanting your child to read a book because of more mature content, etc., but when you're forcing the issue on all children, that's when you're crossing a line.
What can we do? Read banned books! Talk about banned books we loved!
I'm proud to *finally* present my Virtual Read-Out. I chose to read from Hold Still by Nina LaCour because it's one of those books that resonates. There's a lot going on in the story, and it's heavy, and heartbreaking, and heartwarming. I highly recommend it (you can even read my review here).