Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Finally, a Book List I Can Relate To

Or, Finally A Book List To Which I Can Relate

(proving that yes, I know the rule about not ending a sentence with a preposition, and choosing to break it because it makes clunky headlines)

Whenever I look at one of those Top 100 books for college graduates/intelligent people/ everyone who is anyone, not only have I not read most of the books on the list, I have no desire to. (again with the preposition ending! kids- don't try this in school)

I just found a book list that includes books I've read, loved and want to read!
The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000
link found via SBWLTB

In honor of banned books week, September 29-Oct 6, I invite you to scan the list and your TBR pile and read the first match you have, or better yet, go out and buy the most intriguing book off the list.

2007 Banned Books Week: Ahoy! Treasure Your Freedom to Read and Get Hooked on a Banned Book

I've already read 5 of the top 10; 22 total. I have The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood kicking around in hardcover - to be rebellious, I'll read it next. Forget motorcycles and pool boys, give me a stack of banned books - try and pry them out of my hands, I dare you!

Seriously, though- who are the idiots complaining about these books? Oh, right, the same people who voted in the last election... sigh.

Let's be thankful we were not raised or educated by these morons and support banned books.

update: (after posting I did more research)
The above sources are for the US. Here is a link about censorship in Canada, with its own list of challenged books and magazines.
Freedom to Read week in Canada is Feb 24-March 1. Makes sense - that time of year is almost guaranteed to be crappy weather - perfect for staying in and reading : )
The differences between the Canadian and American lists are interesting. For example, the Bible is on the Canadian list for exposing homosexuals to hatred and ridicule.
I've only read 5 books on the Canadian list.


Dodi said...

I've read 35 on the US list and own 13. The one I own but have not read is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I'll move it to my read soon pile.

The only ones from the Canadian list that I've read are the duplicates from US. I like that this list contains the who, what, why of the challenge.

Some of my favorite books ever are on the lists. To Kill a Mockingbird, Bridge to Terabithia, A Day No Pigs Would Die, and A Wrinkle in Time are all awesome. I couldn't say if How to Eat Fried Worms is great literature, but I certainly remember reading it. It cracks me up that In the Night Kitchen is on the list. People object to the drawings that show the little boy's wiener. I bought it for my nephew and he could have cared less.

ShortFuse said...

The S.A.S. Survival guide isn't listed in either so I guess I'll keep reading it. I must lead a sheltered life. None of my books made it to the list. I'm sure there must be something offensive in "Advanced techniques for rescue in vertical environments"?????

Karen said...

umm, I think they have to be books that more than 6 people have read...


Trackrick said...

I'd love to know why Where's Waldo is on that list