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Banned Books Week (Sep. 24 - Oct. 1, 2011)

These icons are all variations on three Banned Book Week slogans: "I Read Banned Books," "I Support Kids' Right to Read," and "I Support Teens' Right to Read." If your childhood or adolescence, or that of someone you love, was influenced, empowered, or saved a book, then support Banned Book Week.

From the Official Website --
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.

According to the American Library Association, there were 348 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2010 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group
claim that any of these novels is "unsuited to age group" is ridiculous and dangerous. My personal favorite response to these spurious, fearmongering claims comes from an anonymous mother and librarian on a Banned Books Week blog entry from several years ago: " What may be unsuitable for a lucky child at age ten or twelve or thirteen may have already happened to an unlucky child. Books are the most salient way to make sure that they understand that they are not "unsuitable." What happened to them was."

Make sure that kids and teens, both lucky and unlucky, retain their right to read in your city, school district, and life. Support Banned Books Week.

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Authors and Philosophers: Albert Camus, Baldesar Castiglione, Carl von Clausewitz, Christine de Pizan, Cicero, Confucius, David Hume, Francis Bacon, Henry David Thoreau, Lucretius, Marco Polo, Pplato, Sir Thomas Browne, Sun-Tzu, Søren Kierkegaard, Thomas Hobbes, Thorstein Veblen, Voltaire

Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld

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Airhead, Meg Cabot

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Book Quote Icon Journal: toreadabook


I'm very excited about launching this! I've been working on the icons for it for ages, to be honest, because it takes such a long time to read a book/reread to make notes/design 25 icons per book, but I think it's finally ready! I don't know exactly how often I'll post, but probably a few times a week? :)

Sample posts:

Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw EVERYTHING, e.lockhart

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The Princess Diaries, vol.I, Meg Cabot

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TEASER! Icon 008 TEASER! Icon 012 TEASER! Icon 019

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Hi. :] I'd like to promote this community: lit_library
It's a literature-related community for everyone who loves writing and reading in which the members are placed in a team and they work on many different types of challenges (writing, reading, graphics, etc) competing with other teams. There's also a book club with many different discussions (all of them are related with reading, of course) .
LITERATURE is a community where the common theme is a love for books and writing. Members are placed into one of four teams (the Romantics, the Victorians, the Moderns, and the Contemporaries) where they will work with their team members to collect points. Every few months a chapter of the community will close and the team with the highest points will be declared the winner of that chapter.

I'm looking forward to see you there, I'm from Team Moderns and tell them that I sent you.^^

Crossposted to: bookshare ,bookworming, book_worm and yalitlovers.

Cormac McCarthy "The Road"

In the morning they came up out of the ravine and took to the road again. He'd carved the boy a flute from a piece of roadside cane and he took it from his coat and gave it to him. The boy took it wordlessly. After a while he fell back and after a while the man could hear him playing. A formless music for the age to come. Or perhaps the last music on earth called up from out of the ashes of its ruin. The man turned and looked back at him. He was lost in concentration. The man thought he seemed some sad and solitary changeling child announcing the arrival of a traveling spectacle in shire and village who does not know that behind him the players have all been carried off by wolves.
Hey, it's been quiet for awhile!  Hope you all are doing well :)

Just a few from The Effect of Living Backwards by Heidi Julavits:

...since I had never been anybody, I was free to be anyone.


"...Your types suffer from the classic good-girl syndrome, as we call it at the Institute.  'Good girls' are people, men as often as women, who do what they think they should, rather than what they want.  They are pleasers, not survivors. They cannot make decisions without a biased context."


"...most people pretend to be more impressive than they truly are, while you strive to be more mediocre than you ever could be."



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