September 30, 2008


september 29 to october 3 is banned book week!

it's amazing the amount of wonderful literature that has made it's way onto this list! the american library association has held "banned book week" the last week of september every year since 1982 to create awareness of controversial literary works while promoting intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores.

the list of the top 100 is listed on the american library association website. some of my favorites:
  • #15 the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
  • #19 catcher in the rye by j.d. salinger
  • #20 bridge to terabithia by katherine paterson
  • #23 to kill a mockingbird by harper lee
  • #37 brave new world by aldous huxley
  • #80 the lovely bones by alice sebold
  • #82 are there god, it's me, margaret by judy blume
  • #88 the house of spirits by isabel allende
i can't imagine my childhood without to kill a mockingbird and catcher in the rye... god bless freedom of speech!

speaking of imagining without: best gift ever--a personal library kit! mine is from mongrel, but they're available online.

my personal books most often checked out (most likely because i am recommending them):
  • the alchemist by paulo coelho
  • the glass castle by jeannette walls
  • in defense of food by michael pollan
  • ishmael by daniel quinn
  • life of pi by yann martel
  • three cups of tea by greg mortenson
  • the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by mark haddon
i looked to google for other september holidays. not only is september national literacy month, but it's also national preparedness month, national chloesterol month, national food safety month, national alcohol and drug addiction recovery month, national sewing month, AND national tortilla month. hmm...

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