My Favorite Banned Books – The Children’s List

September 30, 2009 at 6:13 am (Book World) (, , , )

  1. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
  2. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  3. Goosebumps (Series), by R.L. Stine
  4. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  5. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
  6. Blubber, by Judy Blume
  7. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
    Note:  I haven’t read this one, but really?  Isn’t the point of this book rather self evident?
  8. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
  9. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
  10. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

For the record, it was incredibly difficult to only pick the handful here. Short of copying the whole list and cutting what I hadn’t read, I didn’t know how to pick my favorites.  So I arbitrarily selected titles.

I encourage you to check out the full list:  Frequently Challenge by Decade: 1990 to 1999


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My Favorite Banned Books – The Classics List

September 29, 2009 at 6:09 am (Book World) (, , )

  1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  3. The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  4. 1984, George Orwell
  5. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  6. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien\

Surprised?  Try these this starting point for information or Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

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Top Ten Banned books of 2008

September 28, 2009 at 6:02 am (Book World) (, )

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  • And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
    Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  • His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
    Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence
  • TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence
  • Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group
  • Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
    Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
    Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

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Books Ruined by Hollywood

September 25, 2009 at 6:30 am (Book World) ()

  1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (completely changed the plot)
  2. The Firm (changed the ending in a bad, bad way)
  3. Harry Potter – any (ruined the picture in my head)
  4. Ella Enchanted

I may be a bit biased as I’d much rather read a book than watch a movie, but it isn’t often that I find a movie that was better than the book version.  And I’m that horrible person that remembers all of the details and loudly points out the differences.  Quite fun for me, but not those who went to the movie with me or those that would like to watch a movie in pace.

Leave a recommendation in the comments.

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Skills I do not Possess

September 24, 2009 at 6:40 am (General List) ()

  1. Making pancakes
  2. Dribbling a basketball
  3. Basic math
  4. Jump roping
  5. Walking a straight line while sober

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Things I’m unnaturally good at

September 23, 2009 at 6:42 am (General List) ()

  1. Finding one of the boys’ lost toys
  2. Verbatim recollection of conversations
  3. The ability to forget why I walked into a room
  4. Juggling laundry, kids’ homework, errands and chores in the same three hour block
  5. Ignoring the destruction of my house by the kids while reading

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Instant Comfort

September 22, 2009 at 6:43 am (General List) ()

  1. New socks
  2. Hot chocolate on cold days
  3. Squishy Jon-hugs
  4. New box of favorite pens
  5. An empty notebook

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Book Review: Bogus to Bubbly

September 21, 2009 at 6:45 am (Book World) (, )

Slang words I love from the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield

  1. Happy-making
  2. Bubbly
  3. Crumblies
  4. Littlies
  5. Uglies

This title is a guide to the Uglies series. A fun read for adults too but definitely one to suggest to teen readers or mature tween. Great conversation starters in there.

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Scary Signs of the Times

September 18, 2009 at 6:30 am (General List)

  1. US Debt Clock
  2. Library with no books
  3. Adults with Helicopter Parents
  4. Do You have the Right to Flip off a Cop?

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d find a connection between the three and save the world.

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Sites for Work In My RSS Feeder

September 17, 2009 at 6:35 am (Life Long Learning) ()

  1. Logistics Management
  2. Parcel
  3. Gruntled Employees
  4. ManagerTools
  5. Harvard Business Review

While the order is irrelevant (I pick the headlines that look interesting first,) I find that I read most of what comes through these feeds.  There’s almost always a gem waiting to be found.

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