Banned Books Week

Here is the deal, these are some 110 top banned books. Bold what you've read, italicize what you've read part of.

#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#7 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

#16 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Candide by Voltaire
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Capital by Karl Marx
#37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabinthia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 A Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (ditto)
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Émile by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Émile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Looks like I have some reading to do!

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Top 15 Books I Want to Read Right Now!

Any and all comments on these books are more than welcome. If they were good, I want to know, if they were bad, I reallllly want to know!

1. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
2. The Family Tree by Carole Cadwallder
3. The Floating Book by Michelle Lovric
4. Freddy & Fredericka by Mark Helprin
5. The Ha-Ha by Dave King
6. Hedwig & Berti by Frieda Aiken
7. Hide & Seek by Clare Sambrook
8. The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
9. The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
10. The Painted Kiss by Elizabeth Hickey (doesn't that sound funny? Hickey? The Painted Kiss? I love it!)
11. Wicket's Remedy by Myla Goldberg
12. The Boy Who Loved Ann Frank by Ellen Feldman
13. Dissonance by Lisa Leonard-Cook
14. The Every Boy by Dana Adam Shapiro
15. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Work stinks

I have been so busy this past week that I haven't had time to post to my blog, let alone scratch my butt. Work has been so crazy the last couple of weeks. We had two girls walk out. One came back about 4 days later. Then the new hire, to replace the other, quit. We've had people out sick. And my job, the productivity has gone through the roof. I made $5,000 more dollars last month than the week before. (And none went in MY pocket) And I don't anticipate it going down until at least December.

I. am. so. fucking. tired.

And not just in my body, but in my mind and my soul. I have been here for 5 years. I'm reasonably sure that if I walked out, while people could do my job, they could not do it as well. And my pay, my recognition, my whole happiness, do not reflect this. By this time, it is more than money issues, I'm deeply unhappy with the whole thing. I'm at an impass, my pay is just good enough that I couldn't leave for just any job but still bad enough (and lower by industry standards) to make it annoying.

I. am. so. fucking. depressed.

Margarettown by Gabrielle Zevin

By Gabrielle Zevin
Rated: 4/5
Published in 2005
304 pages

As the library bought this book on my recommendation I felt that I had to read it before I returned it. I am so glad that I did; this was a charming little tale, a touch eccentric and appealing because of it.

Gabrielle Zevin's debut novel tells the unusual story of N. and the woman (or women) he loves. He meets Maggie (nee Margaret) Towne in college, they fall in love, and she takes him home to meet the family. She's from a town called Margarettown and it is inhabited by 4 people; Old Margaret, the giggling youngster May, brooding teenager Mia, and the sour middle-aged Marge. The only one missing is the suicidal Greta. And they are all the same person, only at different ages. I'm not giving much away to reveal that these women are all the same woman ("you won't find a woman in the world that doesn't have a couple other women inside her," she says), however whether Margarettown is a real place or of N.'s invention is left in doubt. The explanation given by Old Margaret, of what happened to make her split into many different Margarets) is strange yet also strangely understandable.

This novel is a wonderful portrayal of how one's identity is effected by life experience and aging. At times I was afraid Zevin wouldn't be able to hold all her plots together but they came out at the end all neatly tied in a bow. This story is darkly whimsical and the writing lighthearted, yet poignant.


Yesterday was probably my best HNT ever. It was so great to "hear" all your stories about nail accidents. And so empowering to know my toe wasn't as gross as I previously thought.

I had McDonald's for lunch and it was artery cloggin' good!

I finally have a copy of Napoleon Dynamite! I'll be watching it this weekend! I hope it's as good as you all let on.

I'm debating if I want to go to the drive-in this weekend. They have The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Just Like Heaven. I'm not much into scary/thriller kind of movies, that's Aaron. But a sappy romance may be just what I need. Hmm..but I wouldn't mind staying home and finishing Margarettown. It's an lovely, odd little book, it's going to be a quick read and right now I'm very hooked. Plus I want to read more of the fairy tale essays. And I want to start Goodnight Nobody. Ack, too many decisions!!

In other news, I had dinner Wednesday with my bio-mom. Went pretty good. We're not nearly as awkward with each other as we have been. And hubby made a great effort, as he can't stand her. Ellie wasn't so freaked out by her either, as she usually is with people she doesn't know. I guess progress is being made. I still get kinda squeed when she talks about my dad and how much she still loves him. Why the fuck did you cheat on him and leave us then?? Gah, it makes me sick.

Anyway, have a wonderful, healthy, productive (or not, if that is what you want), blessed weekend everyone!

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

The Falls: A Novel
By Joyce Carol Oates
Rated: 5/5
Published in 2004
496 Pages

The scenic Niagara Falls, juxtaposed with the scandal of the "Love Canal," is the backdrop of this turbulent and majestic novel. Ariah Littrell becomes, on her wedding night, the solitary and tragic figure "The Widow Bride of the Falls" on her first day of her honeymoon after her strange and sexually confused husband commits suicide. Considering herself now damned, she stays at the Falls, waiting for her husband to surface from the Falls. While she waits, Dirk Burnaby, a handsome, wealthy and kind lawyer falls in love with her and marries her to the upset of her family and in-laws. Their happiness is complete when Ariah conceives and gives birth to three children; Chandler, Royall and Juliet.

Yet, a dark cloud hangs over Ariah. Still convinced she is "damned," her increasingly erratic and eccentric behavior, coupled with Dirk's sudden desire to help a young woman who asks his help in fighting the city fathers over horrible conditions in the area known as the Love Canal, creates a rift between the two.

This was my first reading of a work by Oates. I'm not sure why I waited so long to try a novel by her, but this definitely won't be my last. Oates tells a haunting story where nature and humans are equally uncontrollable and self-destructive.