Review: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe My rating: 5 of 5 stars No idea why it took me so long to get around to reading this. It felt good to read something that portrayed slavery in the United States where the slaves were both treated as property and subhuman. Books like Gone With the Wind treat… Continue reading Review: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Review: The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird by Jerzy KosiÅ„ski My rating: 4 of 5 stars I chose to read this book for Banned Books Week 2013. A quote from that September 14th blog post: In tenth grade, this book was assigned to us. It was the most difficult book I had read to that point, but it was… Continue reading Review: The Painted Bird

Constitution Day

Apparently September 17th is Constitution Day. This is the day in 1787 when the document was signed. (July 4th is for the Declaration of Independence.) Schools receiving Federal funding are supposed to spend part of the day teaching about the Constitution. I wonder how many people have a copy of it? If you have an… Continue reading Constitution Day

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Additional thinking about Compiled List of Challenged Books 2008-2012 made me copy Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 and do the same markup as indicated below. Those I have already read are in bold. That appears to be fourteen. Those already on my to-read list are in underlined. That appears to be eight. Those I just have no interest or failed… Continue reading Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Compiled List of Challenged Books 2008-2012

Comments on my Banned Books Week 2013 post yesterday via Facebook made me wonder which of the books recently challenged according the American Library Association’s data I have actually read or plan on reading. So I compiled the 2008-2102 top 10 challenged books for 2008 through 2012 (five years) and sorted and de-duplicated the list.… Continue reading Compiled List of Challenged Books 2008-2012

Review: Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz

Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was more a series of short stories from starting point of Dorothy acquiring new friends, the Wizard, and a series of unfortunate events. They travel from realm to realm encountering strange peoples. Definitely a Baum book. My favorite… Continue reading Review: Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz