Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Freedom to Read Week [Canada]

Freedom to Read Week 2011
That's Right!  It's Freedom to Read Week here in Canada, from February 20-26
So let's Celebrate our Freedom by Reading!

The following is a list of the most challenged Books and Magazines of 2010 as put out by the Canadian Library Association.  As the information is relatively recent, the specifics of each challenge, and the locations, are not yet available for the current year.  So here are the top 50(ish) books from the list:
  1. Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
  2. Athkins, D.E. Swans in the Mist.
  3. Bateman, Colin. Murphy’s Law.
  4. Beck, Carolyn, and Andrea Beck. The Waiting Dog.
  5. Benton, Jim. Dear Dumb Diary: Never Underestimate Your Dumbness.
  6. Brannen, Sarah S. Uncle Bobby's Wedding.
  7. Burns, Charles. Black Hole. (12 issues in comic book series).
  8. Butler, Dori Hillestad. My Mom’s Having a Baby.
  9. Cairo. The Man Handler.
  10. Cash, William. The Third Woman: The Secret Passion That Inspired Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
  11. CFA 100 Success Secrets—100 Most Asked Questions.
  12. Cooper, Roy. Calf Roping: The World Champion’s Guide for Winning Runs.
  13. DeFelice, Cynthia. Cold Feet.
  14. Denim, Sue, and Dav Pilkey. The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo.
  15. Ennis, Garth. War Stories, Volume 1.
  16. Ennis, Garth, John McCrea and Darick Robertson. The Boys Volume 5: Herogasm.
  17. Gaiman, Neil. American Gods and M is for Magic.
  18. Grey, Mini. Egg Drop.
  19. Guru Granth Sahib [Sikh sacred scripture].
  20. Heide, Florence Parry. The Bigness Contest.
  21. Her gé. Tintin in the Congo.
  22. Horwitz, Tony. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World.
  23. Jones, Rob Lloyd. See Inside Pirate Ships.
  24. Joosse, Barbara. Hot City.
  25. Logan, Jake. Slocum and the Lucky Lady.
  26. Lucas, George, Hisao Tamaki and David Land. Star Wars: A New Hope.
  27. Manning, Mick, and Brita Granstrom. Dino-Dinners.
  28. Mapplethorpe, Robert. Certain People: A Book of Portraits.
  29. McNally, Brian. “Good Evening, Vietnam!” in Vanity Fair, April 2008.
  30. Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Alice on Her Way and Alice the Brave.
  31. Nissan, Colin, and Sean Farrell. Don’t Be That Guy: A Collection of 60 Annoying Guys We All Know and Wish We Didn’t.
  32. Olsen, Gregg. Victim Six.
  33. Ouellette, Sylvie. Maria Monk.
  34. Perrault, Charles. The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault.
  35. Pfeifer, Will. Catwoman: Crime Pays.
  36. Rice, Anne. Beauty’s Punishment.
  37. Rolling Stone (September 2010 cover image)
  38. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter. (7 books in series).
  39. Sendak, Maurice. Outside Over There.
  40. Sorokin, Vladimir. Pir.
  41. Spiegelman, Art. Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!.
  42. Stack, Frank. The New Adventures of Jesus: The Second Coming.
  43. Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  44. Willis, Jeanne. Big Bad Bun.
  45. Wiseman, Jay. Jay Wiseman’s Erotic Bondage Handbook.
  46. Xtra! West.
Get out there and read the books, enjoy them, learn from them, be critical of them, but please don't get rid of them!  Have a Happy Freedom to Read Week!

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