Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

This is a list of the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books for the last decade. I must confess that I’ve only read a handful of these. Some of these are not at all interesting to me, but I think I may have another book list!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I have never thought of giving a book a “content suitability for certain audiences” rating before I read this one.  I would have to give this an “X: Adults Only” rating due to the explicit sexual content, violence and language which I found unnecessary for this story line.

This story tells a tale of two time lines in the life of a circus veterinarian. It begins as the elderly version of the man who is forced into memories of his youth. Throughout the story,  he is transported back and forth between the two time lines. This is the first dual time line story that I’ve actually enjoyed. With the exception of the “X” rated parts. This is a delightful easy read. The author has a talent for description which allows the reader to easily become absorbed by the story line.  She has done quite a bit of research into circuses of the past, which helps to make the story more authentic.

Andrew Weil, M.D’s summer reading list

Captured from Andrew Weil’s Facebook page:

Andrew Weil, M.D. – ‘Looking forward to reading “The Tiger” by John Vaillant and “Kafka On the Shore” by Haruki Murakami during my four months here in British Columbia. ‘

What is a “book”?


A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other various material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A book produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book (e-book).

Books may also refer to works of literature, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers.

The body of all written works including books is literature. In novels and sometimes other types of books (for example, biographies), a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and so on.).

A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm.

In 2010, Google estimated that there were approximately 130 million unique books in the world. [1]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


[1] “Books of the world”. Google. August 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15. “After we exclude serials, we can finally count all the books in the world. There are 129,864,880 of them. At least until Sunday.”

Oprah’s Book Club List

As long as I’m making note of book lists, I must add what is probably the most extensive and notorious list of books of all time, Oprah’s Book Club List.

Tom Shadyac’s Book List

Tom Shadyac is the creative force behind the documentary entitled I AM. I confess that up until now I have not been a fan of his work. I AM looks very interesting, and so does his book list.

e-books vs real books II

I wanted to write this as a buyer beware commentary and confess, that now, I have discovered I need to investigate e-books further.  I had thought that they were simply a copy of the original draft of the book.  Like a scanned copy saved as a pdf file. I recently purchased an e-book and discovered that there were more than the typical number of spelling errors that occurs when an edition is rushed. There were some serious editing errors too.  In one instance, the editing was incomplete and there was no way for me to extrapolate the meaning of what was once two or three sentences now merged into one.

The good news is that the e-book seller was very willing to refund my purchase with the return of the e-book and gave me the assurance that it would be pulled and corrected.

Nook Shrine

I had to stop in at Barnes and Noble yesterday. I’ve found it much safer, for me, to stay away from book stores, or book sections of stores. The temptation is so great. B&N has a discount section in the foyer. Oh, the agony. I had to stay on task. I was there for a specific purchase and then I had to be off.

I walked up to the information desk, as usual, to get help with my search. I saw posters for their Nook and anxiously looked around the information desk to find it. I’ve been really wanting to actually hold one, to touch it and engage it and see what it could do.  The information desk wasn’t manned, didn’t see a Nook, so I took off upstairs to find my books. A very nice B&N Associate helped me and on my way to pay I asked about the Nook. She was happy to show me where they were being displayed.  “This is our shrine to Nook.” she explained. I only missed it when I entered the store because I was captivated by the posters and hadn’t shifted my head a bit to the right.  “Nook” I chanted, eyes glazing over. The B&N Associate showed me how to engage the Nook and let me hold it and work with it. There was also another visitor at the shrine, so I had to make an effort not to drool and gape.

The Nook is a nice size. Much heavier than I had expected, for the size. All that miniaturized technology, I suppose. And the sturdy structure, for endurance, would be my speculation. I really like the idea of being able to stick it in my purse, to take with me every where.  Trying to operate it, it doesn’t seem intuitive to me. I’m not a technology geek, but neither am I a novice. I was fumbling a bit with the touch screen and the buttons. I’m sure that if I had had the instruction manual in front of me it would have been much easier.  The accessories (which I only caught in a glance) were exciting too.

I’ve got to pay another visit, when I’m not rushed and can spend some time working with the Nook. This day and time I can’t rush to spend that kind of money if it isn’t a really good investment.