It’s Banned Book Week!
Ideally I’ll get a banned book review up before the week is out, but if I don’t I wanted to at least get some links out there while they’ll be timely!
- Banned Books Week runs from September 22 to September 28. You can get the full run-down about Banned Books Week on the official site: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/
- The Guardian has a list of the Top 10 most challenged books and the reasons for the challenges (you might be surprised by some of the titles–I know I always am): http://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2013/sep/24/banned-books-week-top-10-challenged-titles-pictures While we’re at it here are two of those frequently challenged books that I’ve previously reviewed here on the blog:
- Looking for Alaska by John Green: Challenged for: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Challenged for: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Then because Banned Books Week is also about reading what YOU want here’s a cool thing: Litographs. This is a company that prints books with bold iconography from the story on . . . stuff. And they have an Emma collection. So I know what I want for every holiday ever. (Seriously. I want all of them. Maybe this can be my new wardrobe.)
- Then, once you’re wearing your favorite book you can go find your YA Name here: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/whats-your-ya-name-use-this-generator-to-find-out/ (Mine is Rose Haloway!)
Then, as is my way, here are some other random links:
- Huffington Post has a list of some extinct punctuation marks: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keith-houston-/post_5696_b_3976733.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 Personally, I could really make use of the Snark and the Interrobang.
- Here’s an interesting article from Wired about how social media (specifically writing online) might be making us smarter: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/how-successful-networks-nurture-good-ideas/?mbid=social12027184
- And then here are some emotive safety pins, just because: http://designtaxi.com/news/360512/Photographs-of-Strangely-Expressive-Safety-Pins-That-Display-Human-Emotions/