"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dressing, uh, "Up"

Halloween coming. The only thing I truly like of the day is dressing up--and I love that part. But as I have plans and will be out of town and traveling for part of the day, I'm thinking I'll have to be limited and go the easy route. Red nightgown? That always makes a statement. Especially with the cape.
What do you think? (Sorry--no idea how to turn images on blogs.)

Well, I don't have my beautiful hair right now. OK, I still have my hair. But it's only to my shoulders. That's short to me. And I need to make some kind of statement with it. I'm thinking of teasing it really, REALLY big. And wearing my obnoxiously obvious red lipstick and red nail polish.

The thing is, I like to have a name of "someone" recognizable, though that rarely succeeds.

Elphaba (my best costume ever, I think)
Nicer when it's a literary character, though again no one could tell.

Rilla Blythe
Elizabeth Bennet (attempted 3 times, and so far not quite the thing)

But, of course, it is usually the attempts at something that no one has any idea about. Kind of like the food I make.
A baby
A Hawaiian Princess
Lisa Turtle
Princess and the Pea
Cinderella, post-midnight

So, my question is--what do I call myself this year? Any literary characters that come to mind? (And, no, I will not be a character from Twilight. Besides, technically, I already am a character in the series.)

Oh, if I had a dress even close, I could try Bella Wilfer. Or perhaps someone else. Of course, I've only got 8 hours to come up with something else--and I don't think it will happen. Maybe next year.

Monday, October 26, 2009

What would you like?

I was all geared up to write a synopsis of a book or movie (based on a classic), but had no idea what. I remembered that I had offered to do one for my friend, but can't remember which. And then came up with the brilliant idea (actually, it's rather mediocre) to ask you readers what books/movies would you like Heidi-synopsized?

And believe it or not, but I can do
  • Brief
  • Short
  • Medium
  • Long
  • Really Long
  • Ridiculously Long

A typical Heidi length probably falls into the Long category. Sometimes the Really Long. Depends on how much I love the work and/or if I'm writing the synopsis for a particular purpose. I can be brief. I really can. But it is such a sad thing to do. If you really want brief, then you should try this website which I enjoy getting a laugh from. But if you want long with Heidi comments--I'm your reader/librarian!

Friday, October 23, 2009


A few problems just arose when I, as a librarian, received a free book this evening to be used for Teen Read Week.

1. Teen Read Week ends tomorrow. Everything was already planned--including prizes to award at the events.

2. The author bio on the book flap mentioned the birth year. I would have passed over in a typical "hmm" as I usually do except that I jolted when I realized the birth year was well after mine!

3. Not only does that mean that I've not reached an age when I'm actually older than authors, but it means I really could have been publishing my own works years ago and no one would have said anything to my age.

4. Which leads to the last problem--at least the last that currently comes to mind. I haven't completed any of my own works, yet, anyhow.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hannah Swenson Poll

In honor of Fluke's new book Plum Pudding Murder, check out the new poll! If you haven't read a Hannah Swenson book, give them a try. They're an enjoyable mystery series and they have recipes, too! Where can you go wrong?

Is it just me...

...or can anyone else see the humor in a murder mystery being written by an author names Kaitlyn Dunnett?

The book does hold a bit of interest for me, as I think Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series has spurred my liking for cozy mysteries. Of course, that series also added the tasty flavor of included recipes. Mmmm....holiday season coming up--time to bake from the Swenson recipes again!

The big question in all this, though, is can I wait for our library to obtain the audiobook for the newly released #12 Hannah Swenson book, or will I cave and go for the large print? I'll have to eventually so I can copy the recipes!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Book Challenges

I've had the joy this year of doing my first ever Book Challenge (for a year's time). It's been such fun, and sometimes tricky as I do my hardest to work every non-children's book (all right, I OKed children's books as long as they over 100 pages) into the varying categories. A couple of weeks ago, I managed to complete every category. Amazing! And I'm still going, as categories can have more than one book. My point total is over 700 I think.

These are the categories if you are interested. I know it's a little late in the year to get started. But if you use the ever-wonderful website GoodReads, it shouldn't be too hard to fill in.

5 points
1)For Valentines Day: read a book with the word heart or love in it.
2)For Saint Patty’s day: read a book set in Ireland, is by an Irish author, or whose main character is Irish.
3)read a classic
4)Read a book by an author you've never read before
5)Read a memoir
6)March is National Women's History Month so read a book where a woman is the main character
7)Read a book set during a time of conflict
8)read a book with any kind of food/drink in the title
9) read a book written in the last 5 years
10) Read a book that you already own
10 points
1)read a book with the name of a month in it.
2) read a book with an author that has same birthday month as you
3)read a book with either the word “school”,“class”, "college", "university" or "teacher" in it.
4)read a book and then watch the movie adaptation
5) read a book that involves a medical condition (physical, mental, emotional)
6)read a book with a one word title
7)read a book with the name of a country, state, or city in it.
8) read a banned/challenged book
9) read a book set in a place you've always wanted to visit/live
10)read a book written by someone of your same heritage (i.e. Belgian, Swiss, whatever)
15 points
1) read a book that has a college student as the main character or is a person that is near your age
2) read a book from an author that was born/or had lived in your state/geographical area
3) read a book about/relating to the particular field of study you are in/were in
4) Read a book written by a GoodReads author
5) Read a book about a person you admire
6) Read a book about a subject you wish you could have studied in school
7) read a book by an author you hate (Maybe you just got turned off by one book and he/she is actually a good author... you might have just read the one bad book? Or maybe your hatred is warranted.. either way you'll know for sure)
8) read that book you were supposed to read in high school but instead used SparkNotes(I never used SparkNotes—or Cliff Notes! But here’s a book I should have read and didn’t)
25 points
1)book with over 700 pages
2) read a book with your name in the title or is by an author with your same name.
3)read a book about a different religion than you are
4) read a book that you would normally never consider picking up (something daunting, something that is a genre you hate. Etc.)

The other day, I noticed someone was doing an A to Z Challenge. So I looked up and there were a couple of different kinds. Thus, I made up my own! (Title of each book for each letter in alphabet, and title of author's last name for each letter of alphabet.) It was fun to see what books I've read so far this year that fit the Title and Author categories. But then I figured it would be more fun to see the points I racked up, considering there were some letters well read, some very much not, and a disadvantage at reading multiple works by one author. For the scoring system, I decided to use the point value that Scrabble assigns to letters. And then, just for randomness, add an additional point for each book and author that begins with the letters of your first and last names. Confused?

OK. Make a title list of A through Z, and put your corresponding books to their corresponding first letters. Then make an author list of A through Z, and put your corresponding books to their corresponding first letters of authors' last names.

Here is your scoring system:

1 point: A, E, I, L, N, O, R, S, T, U
2 points: D, G
3 points: B, C, M, P
4 points: F, H, V, W, Y
5 points: K
8 points: J, X
10 points: Q, Z

And for Bonus:
Take the first letters of your first and last name. Add one point each for each book under the title list and each book under the author list that corresponds to those 2 letters.

Tally your points!

Still confused? Yeah. It probably is. The only reason I made all this up was because I was trying to pass half an hour without falling asleep, and I felt it should be book related. :-) Plus, I learned a lot about common letters in the English language. More than I'd ever want to know.

Anywho. Here are my results (points in bold)...so far. After all--I'm still reading!

A: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox – Eoin Colfer; The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll; All-American Girl – Meg Cabot; Al Capone Does my Shirts – Jennifer Choldenko
B: Bloody Jack – Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy – L.A. Meyer; Before We Were Free – Julia Alvarez; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne; The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket; The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
C: Cream Puff Murder – Joanne Fluke; Carrot Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke; Counting on Grace – Elizabeth Winthrop; Chocolate Fever – Robert Kimmel Smith; Cold Sassy Tree – Olive Ann Burns; Charles & Emma – Deborah Heiligman; Call It Courage – Armstrong Sperry; A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth C. Bunce; Catherine, Called Birdy – Karen Cushman; Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank M. Gilbreth, Jr.
D: Dragon Rider – Cornelia Funke; Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World – Vicki Myron
E: Enna Burning – Shannon Hale; Everything on a Waffle – Polly Horvath; Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine; Elijah of Buxton – Christopher Paul Curtis
F: The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition – Gary Chapman; The Fire-Eaters – David Almond; For One More Day – Mitch Albom; Frindle – Andrew Clements
G: The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows; The Giver – Lois Lowry
H: Hope Was Here – Joan Bauer; Here Lies the Librarian – Richard Peck; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford; Heidi – Johanna Spyri
16 + 4
I: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You – Ally Carter; If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Hard – Sheri Dew; Inkheart – Cornelia Funke; Ida B – Katherine Hannigan; Impossible ­– Nancy Werlin; Incantation – Alice Hoffman
K: Key Lime Pie Murder – Joanne Fluke
L: The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan; The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge; London Calling – Edward Bloor; Looking for Anne of Green Gables – Irene Gammel; Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy – Gary D. Schmidt; The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch; The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen ­– Syrie James
M: Maggie’s Door – Patricia Reilly Giff; Marley & Me – John Grogan; Matilda – Roald Dahl; Meet Me in St. Louis – Sally Benson; Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry; My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult; The Man in the Picture – Susan Hill; Marie, Dancing – Carolyn Meyer; Mao: The Unknown Story – Jung Chung
N: Nory Ryan’s Song ­– Patricia Reilly Giff; North of Beautiful –by Justina Chen Headley; Newes from the Dead – Mary Hooper
O: One Gallant Rush: Robert Gould Shaw and His Brave Black Regiment – Peter Burchard; Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
P: Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie; Peace like a River – Leif Enger; Personal Revelation: How to Recognize Promptings of the Spirit – JoAnn Hibbert Hamilton; Poppy – Avi
R: River Secrets ­­– Shannon Hale; Remember this Titan: The Bill Yoast Story: Lessons Learned from a Celebrated Coach's Journey – Bill Yoast, Jr.; The Redemption of Sarah Cain – Beverly Lewis
S: September Sisters – Jillian Cantor; Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China during the Cultural Revolution – Moying Li-Marcus; Shakespeare’s Secret – Elise Broach; Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie – David Lubar
T: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us) – Tom Vanderbilt; Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher; The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts – Richard Peck; The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield; Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
5 + 5
W: Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson; Where Death and Glory Meet: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Infantry – Russell Duncan; Wings – Aprilynne Pike

Total: 191

A: David Almond; Julia Alvarez; Mitch Albom; Jay Asher; Avi
B: J.M. Barrie; Joan Bauer; John Boyne; Olive Ann Burns; Sally Benson; Edward Bloor; Elise Broach; Elizabeth C. Bunce; Peter Burchard
C: Ally Carter; Gary Chapman; Jillian Cantor; Eoin Colfer; Andrew Clements; Christopher Paul Curtis; Lewis Carroll; Jung Chung; Karen Cushman; Meg Cabot; Jennifer Choldenko
D: Sheri Dew; Roald Dahl; Russell Duncan; Charles Dickens
E: Leif Enger
F: Joanne Fluke; Cornelia Funke; Jamie Ford
G: Patricia Reilly Giff; John Grogan; Elizabeth Goudge; Irene Gammel; Frank M. Gilbreth, Jr.
H: Shannon Hale; Polly Horvath; JoAnn Hibbert Hamilton; Katherine Hannigan; Alice Hoffman; Marguerite Henry; Deborah Heiligman; Justina Chen Headley; Mary Hooper; Susan Hill
40 + 10
J: Spencer Johnson; Syrie James
L: Gail Carson Levine; Lois Lowry; Moying Li-Marcus; Beverly Lewis; David Lubar
M: L.A. Meyer; Vicki Myron; Carolyn Meyer
P: Richard Peck; Jodi Picoult; Randy Pausch; Mary E. Pearson; Aprilynne Pike
R: Rick Riordan
S: Mary Ann Shaffer; Robert Kimmel Smith; Lemony Snicket; Armstrong Sperry; Gary D. Schmidt; Diane Setterfield; Johanna Spyri
0 + 0
V: Tom Vanderbilt
W: Elizabeth Winthrop; Nancy Werlin
Y: Bill Yoast, Jr.
Z: Marcus Zusak

Total: 225

Grand Total: 416

It's fun to be B.A.D. :-)

Tomorrow is British Accent Day (B.A.D.)! No, this is not an official holiday. It's one of my own making with some inspired help from my BYU roommates. Most of us were lovers of British dramas. And one day one roommate wondered aloud if we would ever be able to go a whole day--even a few hours--speaking completely in a British accent. So I declared the 3rd Saturday of October to be British Accent Day. We thought Saturday best because we didn't have school and most were likely to not have work either, thus making the challenge slightly easier for us easily humored and sometimes embarrassed (who, me?!) females.

But we couldn't not go anywhere. That would almost make the fun, well, not so fun. So we wisely chose to do a Wendy's run. However, all of my roommates chickened out. I, on the other hand, kept at it. The cashier--cute little high school boy--after taking my order said, "Can I ask you where you're from?" I totally should have played it up. I should have said New Castle or north of Dover. Because it all would have been truthful. But instead I just smiled and--in my British accent--replied "Delaware!" He looked a little disappointed. Poor guy. Oh well.

I have since tried to honor my holiday, for I do so love the British accents. I hope my fellow British friends do not think I'm making fun in any way. I would love to have the accent permanently (though still using the American accent for particular words that I choose to say the American way). This is my small way of reveling in the joy of hearing British accents, and loving British literature. Of course, I would never want my British accent speaking friends to hear me, as I'm sure I'm not consistent in the least with my accent, but instead am speaking 5 or 6 all in one. Well, I never said I was a proficient. Just and admirer and one who likes to have a fun time.

We'll see how much I will celebrate my holiday tomorrow, as I unfortunately will be among others who do not love and appreciate a British accent as I do. But in case you'd like to celebrate for yourself, it really is a lot of fun and joy!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Fellow library friends from the Closed Stacks blog put up a posting about The Most Evil Man in the World. He really is awful! What I don't like is how people are running with his comment about him being conservative. He's not conservative. He's ignorant, mean, and stupid. And, no, this time I do not feel bad about calling someone names. 'Cause I'm not, anyhow. I'm calling him adjectives.

I will now make myself feel better instead of angry by posting two compliments I received today at work:

"Thank you so much. What would the world do without librarians?!"
"You are so good. So helpful. We need you in doctors' offices, too."

Is it OK for me to ask for some We love you and We need you and We recognize that you do more than "just put away books" and that we think you are of worth comments?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NA - My Way

I figured it is a high time for another Heidi-synopsis of a book/movie from ridiculously long lists I've created for myself. And as a while back Mary has asked me to do summaries of Austen's works, and this is an Austen blog, I thought I'd go with that. But which one to do? While that could be a hard one to decide, I made it simple in deciding to go in the order that Austen wrote them. Yes, yes--any excuse to talk about my favorite Austen hero.

Northanger Abbey

Catherine Morland. Reads novels. Gothic novels. And with an overactive imagination, well, we can all see what trouble that is going to cause. She comes from a very large family, and was "lucky" to be one of the oldest of the children. Hers is a home definitely full of love and happiness. Yet it is still a life of modest means in which the family makes ends meet, knows no extravagances, and likely will not see much if any extraordinary adventures that one in wealthier circumstances might experience.

And yet the Morlands are blessed with childless, wealthy neighbors. Thinking it would be companionship for them and fun for her, they invite Catherine to spend a season in Bath. This you must understand was beyond any hopes or dreams even Catherine herself could have daydreamed. So off to Bath with the Allens she goes.

Bath. The mini-London. Always something to do, places to go, people to see, and opportunities to be seen. Yet the Allens (and Catherine) know no one upon their arrival. Mr. Allen is typical of many men and just goes where ever that's away from his wife. :-) (He does his love his wife, by the way.) In the frequent lamentations of not knowing anyone, Mrs. Allen is accidentally knocked into, she worries there is a hole in her much-fussed over apparel, and a hero comes to her rescue--one who knows muslins.

Yes. Enter wonderful, magnificent, sarcastic, hilarious, intelligent, fun, simply amazing Henry Tilney. In his light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek manner he makes sure proper introductions are made and then asks our very own Catherine to dance. There will be many successive dances in Bath that will involve some of the best conversations ever between Henry and Catherine (all wit and humor being on his side, of course). Needless to say, Catherine falls for Henry.

Other characters come into the story, most particularly the Thorpe family. Mrs. Thorpe knew Mrs. Allen at school. This is plenty acquaintance to make the two instant best comrades in their Bath doings. Her daughter Isabella leeches--I mean latches--onto Catherine...along with her odious, obnoxious brother. John Thorpe is school-fellows with Catherine's brother James, and both come to Bath for the festivities. Airhead Isabella flirts her way to James and eventually succeeds. John pursues the ignorant Catherine who is working to become friends with Henry and his sister Eleanor. In spite of all of John (and Isabella's) manipulative machinations, Catherine is able to succeed in the friendships.

Oddly, the cold, domineering, frightening Tilney father (General Tilney) takes a liking to Catherine and begins to push Henry towards her. Isabella meanwhile is quite disappointed in the monetary hopes her engagement does not promise and begins her flirtations again in the absence of James, especially with Henry's brother Captain Tilney. Eventually the invitation to the Tilney family home is given and Catherine's adventures become even more exciting as she leaves the terrible influence of the Thorpes and heads to Northanger Abbey. There, as we are grateful to finally see, her imagination continues to run wild until Henry catches her in her folly and delivers an excellent rebuke.

Catherine in great shame and embarrassment realizes what a dolt she's been. And Henry--wonderful man that he is!--feels particularly bad in his chastisement of her and is dedicated in making her feel happier and less embarrassed. Soon a letter from brother James explains Isabella's silent correspondence--she has changed her affections and he has decided to break the engagement. Whatever Isabella's intentions, she later comes to regret her loss of James and writes to Catherine to plead for her intercession to help sway her brother's opinion of her. But Catherine has become a bit wiser under the good influence of Henry and Eleanor and finally sees Isabella for what she is.

Then comes the tragical moment when--while Henry is absent taking care of his parish business (yep! he's religious!)--General Tilney without any warning throws Catherine out of Northanger Abbey forcing her to return home without any escort. Though a truly awful and disgraceful deed, Catherine survives and returns to her loving family. Sadder but wiser definitely fits her, even though she has no idea why she has been sent from the Tilney home.

Her melancholy shows she still as very deep feelings for Henry, so there is great excitement for the reader when Henry actually shows up at the Morland home! In a contrived walk to the Allens for a visit, Henry explains it all. Greedy, odious John Thorpe had thought that Catherine was the wealthy Allens heir. In his bragging of her future wealth, the money-hungry General Tilney learned of it--revealing why he was truly interested in Catherine's association and why (after learning the truth) he suddenly dismissed her in anger.

The wonderful Henry has defied his father and come after Catherine out of a sense of duty and love. His realization of love is one of the funniest (to me) ways for a man to love a woman. But the two soon marry and the book ends with a very deep question for everyone to ponder.

That synopsis could never quite do justice to the sarcasm, humor, gothic mystery, and Henry Tilney. But it's at least a start of something. If you haven't read Northanger Abbey, what are you waiting for?! And if you have, well, read it again! You'll never regret it! For a work by a 17 year old, it's highly impressive. And if anyone has met my Henry Tilney, please send him my way!

Banned Books Polls Results

Finally I think it is safe to say that my illness is over, though I've been so tired from it! Worn out and exhausted, even while being emotionally/spiritually/mentally filled at the recent Time Out for Women I was able to attend. (Amazing!) But I am back and hopefully with more consistency than the last few weeks. Here are our poll results for the Banned Books polls.

First, Favorite Banned Classics (from the Top 100 list). We had 4 voters. And we'd been doing so well on the two previous polls. *sigh*

1984 by George Orwell 0 (0%)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 0 (0%)
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 0 (0%)
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 0 (0%)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 0 (0%)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 1 (25%)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles 1 (25%)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 3 (75%)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 0 (0%)
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne 2 (50%)

No unanimous voting, though To Kill a Mockingbird is the obvious winner. No arguments from me on that!

Then we had Favorite Banned Books from 1990-1999 (from Top 100 list). Funny, on this one we had only 3 voters. Less and less. I really should come up with some better ideas. "Or more cooks." (Name that quote!)

Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 0 (0%)
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden 0 (0%)
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 2 (66%)
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 0 (0%)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 0 (0%)
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite 0 (0%)
Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz 1 (33%)
The Giver by Lois Lowry 3 (100%)
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 0 (0%)
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling 3 (100%)
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman 0 (0%)
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak 0 (0%)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 1 (33%)
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George 1 (33%)
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein 0 (0%)
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 1 (33%)
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard 1 (33%)
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene 2 (66%)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 2 (66%)
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford 1 (33%)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 3 (100%)

Well, at least we are unanimous on three fantastic books that I wholly sanction (obviously since a third of the winners' votes are mine!): A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, and the Harry Potter series. All excellent books. Each discovered at different stages of my life. I'm so glad there are blog readers who defy others by reading what they say we shouldn't. Ha ha! Power to us!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Banned Books Sum-Up

"They can write what they like!"
-Dowager Queen from The Slipper and the Rose

To which I add:

"So long as you don't force me to read it,
I won't force you not to read it."

That's a simplistic way of putting it, but it does sum up quite a bit. We have the freedom to choose what we write. We also have the freedom to choose what we read. If I personally find offensive
  • a book
  • an article and/or magazine
  • a blog
  • a Facebook page
  • a Twitter tweet
  • a YouTube video
  • a movie
  • a podcast
or anything else, I will choose for myself whether or not to continue subjecting myself to it or simply to stop. I may let others know my opinion, but I would certainly never take away their choice to view or read. Neither should anyone else.

(For parenting matters, that is a slightly different case and I would highly recommend the counsel given in Elder Dallin H. Oaks' talk from yesterday's afternoon Conference session.)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

It's Banned Books Week! This illness actually had me forgetting to do something in honor of it, so I'm glad Mary reminded me through The Sweet Bookshelf. (She's reviewing banned books this week. Awesome!!! Way to celebrate freedom to read!)

So in my celebrations, I thought we could vote on polls based on challenged books. These are books that you liked for whatever reasons you may have. Reader opinions vary, which is the fun of these polls. I know there are plenty on the list that I've read and didn't really enjoy. I also know there are plenty on the list that I have not read and don't ever plan on reading because they aren't quite my thing. But even if they aren't my thing, I would never take away someone else's right to read it. Seriously--if you don't like it, don't read it; don't tell someone else they are not allowed to read it. That's all there is to it.

I'm only going to include the books that I've actually read, or read significant portions of.

For the complete list of Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 1990-1999, click here.

For the complete list of Top 100 Banned or Challenged Classics, click here.

If there are any books from the 100 lists that you have read and I haven't, please mention it!

Embrace your freedom to read and laugh in the face of those who tried to keep you from these books!