Every year, the American Library Association compiles reports of challenged and banned materials from libraries around the country. The Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books are reported annually, and the results can act as a cultural barometer of sorts, reflecting the country’s tolerance (or lack of it) on certain themes or issues.
Regardless of which titles make the list each year, one thing we can always count on from the annual Top Ten is at least one surprise. The 2015 list did not disappoint, presenting an especially diverse range of titles and containing more adult books than usual, including The Holy Bible!
While each book on the list this year is worth of examination, these first-timers are of particular interest. All three were very well received by critics and the public alike, and each is ground-breaking in its own particular way: Continue reading “Book Bingo: Banned”
Wait, we’ve got a Book Bingo square asking you to read a book written over one hundred years ago? This is Summer reading! What’s with Ye Olde musty dusty classics!? Not to worry: there are plenty of great escapist beach reads that have been around for at least a century.
We all have fond memories of books from our childhoods, but just how well do they hold up? Will you love Harriet the Spyas much now as you did in fourth grade? (The answer to that one is: Yes, you will.) If you’re an aunt, will your niece love Harry the Dirty Dog as much as you did? (Yes, again.) But those are two exemplary choices, and two that happen to be my favorites. I’m not sure that I would necessarily enjoy reading all the Marguerite Henry horse books again, nor would I be super excited to re-read the Goosebumps equivalent of my era. Continue reading “Book Bingo: From your childhood”
A cookbook might seem like an odd choice for summer reading, but nowadays chefs are including more narrative next to recipes and sumptuous photos of mouthwatering food. You’ll find funny restaurant anecdotes, culinary manifestoes, personal histories and more in between the covers of the cookbooks below. Bonus: all are from the Pacific Northwest, so you might consider one of these titles for your local author square if you’ve already got cookbooks covered.
The Pacific Northwest is host to more authors than a mere blog post could even venture to do justice. A couple of years ago I wrote a series of posts about Northwest science fiction and fantasy authors, so check those out for a glimpse of the wealth of authors in our area.