Thursday, October 22, 2009

This place blows.

Friday, October 9, 2009

2009 Reading Project Update

The number of books I've started, compared to the number I've finished is looking more and more dismal these days.

Note to Self- Samara O'Shea
The Breath of God- Harry Turtledove
Poems to Read-
America's Favorite Poems-
The Wizard's First Rule- Terry Goodkind
Lucinda's Secret- Tony DiTerlizzi
The Diamond of Darkhold- Jeanne DuPrau
The Prophet of Yonwood- Jeanne DuPrau
The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
The Tail of Emily Windsnap- Liz Kessler
One False Note- Gordon Kormon
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List- Rachael Cohn & David Levithon
Found I
Found II
The Book of General Ignorance
The Book of Animal Ignorance
Now We Are Six- A.A. Milne
Marked- PC Cast
Betrayed-PC Cast
Chosen- PC Cast
Hunted-PC Cast
The Pox Party- MT Anderson
Don't Look Down- Jennifer Crusie And Bob Mayer
The Historian- Elizabeth Kostova
Dead Witch Walking- Kim Harrison
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
Untamed- PC Cast
The Sword Thief- Peter Lerangis
Dog and Goddesses- Jennifer Crusie
Fiancé at her Fingertips- Kathleen Bacus
Scarlet Moon- Debbie Viguie
Bright Dark Madonna- Elizabeth Cunningham
Every Which Way but Dead- Kim Harrison
A Fist Full of Charms- Kim Harrison
For Few Demons More- Kim Harrison
The Good, the Bad, the Undead- Kim Harrison
The Outlaw Demon Wails- Kim Harrison
White Witch, Black Curse- Kim Harrison
The Ten-Cent Plauge- David Hajdu
Creepy cute crochet : zombies, ninjas, robots, and more!-Christen Haden
Fool- Christopher Moore
Drood- Dan Simmons
Inkheart- Cornelia Funke
Pleasuring the Pirate- Emily Byron
Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope-
Star Wars Boba Fett- John Wagner
Japan ai- Amiee Major Steinburger
The Soul of a Chef- Micheal Ruhlman
A Platter of Figs- David Tanis
Twilight- Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse- Stephenie Meyer
New Moon- Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn- Stephenie Meyer
Clan of the Cave Bear- Jean M Auel
Valley of Horses-Jean M Auel
The Gargoyle- Andrew Davidson
The Host- Stephenie Meyer
Lost in Austen: Create your own Jane Austen Adventure- Emma Campbell Webster
Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life- Neil Strauss
Journal : Amy Zoe Mason- found by Kristine Atkinson and Joyce Atkinson.
Voss : how I come to America and am hero, mostly- David Ives.
Survival wisdom & know-how : everything you need to know to subsist in the wilderness- Amy Rost.
Written in bone : buried lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland- Sally M. Walker.
A conspiracy of paper- David Liss.
A short history of nearly everything- Bill Bryson.
Glazed America : a history of the doughnut-Paul R. Mullins.
The sword thief- Peter Lerangis.
The Fetch- by Laura Whitcomb.
Beyond The Grave- Jude Watson
The Mammoth Hunters- - Jean M Auel
The Plains of Passage- - Jean M Auel
The Shelters of Stone- - Jean M Auel
Once Dead, Twice Shy- - Kim Harrison
Larklight, or, The revenge of the white spiders!, or, To Saturn's rings and back! : a rousing tale of dauntless pluck in the farthest reaches of space - as chronicl'd by Art Mumby, with the aid of Mr. Philip Reeve and decorated throughout by David Wyatt.
Repossesed- A.M. Jenkins
Here there be Dragons- James A. Owen
Martha Stewart's encyclopedia of crafts : an A-to-Z guide with detailed instructions and endless inspiration.
The Gilded Chamber: a story of Queen Esther- Rebecca Kohn
Blue Bloods- Melissa de la Cruz
Revelations- Melissa de la Cruz
Masqurade- Melissa de la Cruz
Across Five Aprils- Albert John Pucci
Killer Pizza- Greg Tayler
Air Head- Meg Cabot
Being Nikki- Meg Cabot
Smitten- Janet Evanovich
Wife for Hire-Janet Evanovich
Big Boned- Meg Cabot
Size 14 is not Fat Either- Meg Cabot
Bet Me- Jennifer Crusie
Confessions of a Shopaholic- Sohpie Kinsella
Good in Bed-Jennifer Weiner
The Dust of 100 Dogs- AS King
Streetcar Named Desire- Tennessee Williams
The Sign- Raymond Khoury
Oh. My. Gods- Tara Lynn Childs
Dormia- Jake Halpern
Shopaholic takes Manhattan- Sophie Kinsella
Black Arrow- I.J. Parker
The Alchemyst: the secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel- Michael Scott
The Zombie Survival Guide: complete protection from the undead- Michael Scott
Mistress of the Art of Death- Ariana Franklin
Love Overboard- Janet Evanovich
Thanksgiving- Janet Evanovich
Nature Girl- Carl Hiaasen
The soloist : a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music- Steve Lopez
Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The enchanted chocolate pot : being the correspondence of two young ladies of quality regarding various magical scandals in London and the country - Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Bloody Jack : being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, ship's boy- L.A. Meyer
Pants on Fire- Meg Cabot
Avalon High- Meg Cabot
The Final Warning- James Patterson
Vamipire Kisses- Ellen Schreiber
The Mysterious Benedict Society- Trent Lee Stewart
Runemarks- Joanne Harris
Baked : new frontiers in baking- Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
The Last Olympian- Rick Riordan
World History for Dummies
Color Solutions
Love and Ghost Letters- Chantel Acevedo
The Tale of Despereaux- Kate DiCamillo
Daniel X: Watch the Skies- James Patterson and Ned Rust
Ever- Gail Carson Levine
Fairest- Gail Carson Levine
Mr. Darcy, Vampire- Amanda Grange
The Black Unicorn- Terry Brooks
World War Z- Max Brooks
Shopaholic takes Manhattan- Sophie Kinsella
Hood- Stephen R Lawhead
Princess Academy- Shannon Hale
The Black Circle- Patrick Carman
13 Bullets- David Wellington
Catching Fire- Richard Wrangham
Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austin
A Great and Terrible Beauty- Libba Bray
Magic Kingdom for Sale- Terry Brooks
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Jane Austin and Seth Grhame-Smith
Graceling- Kristin Cashore
Dormia- Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Oh. My. Gods.- Tera Lynn Childs
Catch 22- Joseph Heller
The insiders' guide to the Florida Keys & Key West-
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
Curse of the blue tattoo : being an account of the misadventures of Jacky Faber, midshipman and fine lady-  L.A. Meyer.
The reformed vampire support group- Catherine Jinks
Royal blood- Ellen Schreiber
Geektastic : stories from the nerd herd- edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
The Warriors: Power of Three #6 Sunrise - Erin Hunter
The Diamond Secret- Suzanne Weyn

Friday, October 2, 2009

Jenny TheBloggess made these.... (for when I'm sad that no-one reads my blog)

Happy Banned Books Week Day 6 (Because I won't have time tomorrow!)

Here are some very excellent graphs to help you visualize censorship. Courtesy of ALA of course!

Number of Challenges by Year, Reason, Institution, & Initiator (1990 - 2008)

Challenges by Year

 Challenges by Year

(For some reason, this chart won't re-size like the rest of them. Check out the ALA link at the top of the post to get the right side of the information)

Challenges by Reason

Grounds for Challenge

Challenges by Institution

Challenges by Institution

Challenges by Initiator

Challenges by Initiator  

Happy Banned Book Week Day 5: Amazing ALA Posters

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Banned Books Week Day 4

Here's to all those awesome friends who are getting into the censorship debate and the ideals of banned books week!

Here's some awesomeness from awesome himself, Mr. Jonathan Elder:

And Ms. Nicole Bonomini is rocking the support movement with her link to

(Check out what is happening with Hopkins and a recent banning)

Or if you're starting to think that we are all crackpots, I guess you aren't alone. Here's an article from the Wall Street Journal in support of the suggestions that lead to challenging books.

And finally, a scare that is a little closer to home.