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100 most frequently challenged books of 1990 – 2000

I’m going to make a point to check out these books and read them, even if they’re about things that I may not personally agree with. I may even buy some of them for my own personal library, just because I can.

As I read them, I’ll change the color of the words to blue. If I already own the book, I’ll change it to pink.

I just looked through the list.. I’d better get reading!

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling (own all books & have them all on audio as well.. own the movies too!)
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine (don’t own all of these, but quite a few)
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (own the entire series)
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Intellectual Freedom

“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”— John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition: for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. ”— Thomas Paine, Dissertation On First Principles Of Government

What Is Intellectual Freedom?

Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.

Why Is Intellectual Freedom Important?

Intellectual freedom is the basis for our democratic system. We expect our people to be self-governors. But to do so responsibly, our citizenry must be well-informed. Libraries provide the ideas and information, in a variety of formats, to allow people to inform themselves.

Intellectual freedom encompasses the freedom to hold, receive and disseminate ideas.

What Is Censorship?

Censorship is the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons—individuals, groups or government officials—find objectionable or dangerous. It is no more complicated than someone saying, “Don’t let anyone read this book, or buy that magazine, or view that film, because I object to it! ” Censors try to use the power of the state to impose their view of what is truthful and appropriate, or offensive and objectionable, on everyone else. Censors pressure public institutions, like libraries, to suppress and remove from public access information they judge inappropriate or dangerous, so that no one else has the chance to read or view the material and make up their own minds about it. The censor wants to prejudge materials for everyone.

taken from:
“Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q&A.” American Library Association. 2004.

I am in such a poopy mood today

The bird has bitten me twice today & keeps flying away… then chirping b/c he’s stuck up on top of the curtains & not sure how to get down. He needs his wings clipped. The second time he bit me I wanted to smack him. But all I did was put him in his cage in time out.. again. Now he’s on my shoulder again, but still on my nerves a bit b/c I’m expecting to get bitten again anytime. Maybe that’s the problem. I wonder if he can sense that feeling like horses & dogs can sense things.

My kids are on my nerves. I want school to start again NOW! Well, tomorrow would be ok. All they’ve done today (it’s 12:30) is argue with each other, leave messes everywhere, and sit around in their pj’s without brushing their teeth! I let them sleep in the living room last night & watch movies until really late (2am). When I do this, I have to work hard to not get frustrated with their blankets/pillows on the living room floor when I first wake up. It drives me insane. I gave them a 30 minute limit after a couple of hours of biting my tongue. I finally told them to get dressed, straighten up their messes, brush their teeth & hair & get outside. We have nice weather here today.. in the 70’s.. kind of overcast & breezy. No excuse for not playing outside.

Now a book salesman came to my door. UGH! I would hate that job more than I can imagine. But at least he’s trying to work. I had already bought the books he’s selling from a girl 2 summers ago.. books that help with school stuff/research thru college.. so I declined.

OK. I’m finished with my ranting.

UPDATE: My mood is better. I didn’t realize when I was so poopy that I’d not eaten yet today! A few nutrients make all the difference!

listed 12 items for sale

10 books, 1 pc game and 1 movie.

Now when I walk through my house, I see things with online auction potential instead of just as stuff. Funny how our perception changes like that, isn’t it? 🙂

Weight loss

I need to lose 75 lbs still… have lost 10 in the past 3 months… to reach my goal. My goal weight is about 5 pounds over my ideal weight. However, I’d be happy if I was within 15 – 20 pounds of my goal weight. I’d be so much closer than I am now!

When I looked at the blog that has postcards with people’s secrets on them, I saw one that could have been written by ME… the one that says, “I’m really scared of losing all my weight because then I will be forced to face my fear of men and have nowhere to hide.”

I’ve told my mom about these feelings. She is very concerned that I’ve not lost weight.. haven’t gained since the divorce, but haven’t lost much, either. Over the past 3 years, I’ve lost & gained back the same 25 pounds once a year. This time I want to lose it, keep it off, and lose the rest of it, too.

I know that keeping excess weight is a way of protecting myself from rejection. Afterall, if I’m not “attractive,” then I’m safe, right? The idea of having men interested in me is frightening. The idea of vulnerability is frightening.

I will be posting these feelings and fears as I work thru them… learning that I’m ok with less weight as armor… and that caring about someone doesn’t have to hurt. I realize that heartbreaks are part of the dating package.. but I’m ready to not be so frightened by it that it’s paralyzing.

Right now, I’m friends with a man who is wonderful. I tend to worry about the fact that he’s younger than me and about my weight. I let these 2 worries overshadow the fact that I really care about him. When I start feeling vulnerable & close to him, I start saying to myself, “Well, this isn’t going anywhere, he’s younger than I am.” I also say, “No one could love/care about me with this extra weight,” when in fact, I know that he looks at who I am.. what kind of person I am, how we get along, my dreams, goals, spirituality.. and not just size. In fact, I don’t think he would care if I never lose weight. When I talk about weight loss goals or plans, he says that if it makes me happy, he’s happy.. but that I shouldn’t stress myself out about it.. just to focus on being healthy b/c he wants me to live a long productive life. Why does that scare me so.. that unconditional acceptance?

When I was married, my ex would say to me (after I’d gained weight with 3 pregnancies in 4 years) that he hated fat people.. that I didn’t need to eat certain foods.. that I should just exercise more like he does (he’s military and exercising is part of his daily routine). He told me that no one would ever love me with his 3 children and that men would only want to use me for sex. I know these things aren’t true.. they aren’t even rational.. but sometimes those words still play in my head when I’m feeling fearful.

As I am on this quest of losing weight and overcoming this fear, I’m going to slay those dragons that the ex put in my path. I’ll look at it as a rescue mission.. rescuing myself from the bondage of those awful words & these constraints (fears) I’ve let imprison me.

Good grief… I’m such a drama queen. No we know where my youngest daughter gets it! Sheesh! lol

online auctions??

I’ve heard loads of stories about people making a decent income by selling through online auctions… some as to replacing a part-time job and a few that have made enough to quit their full time jobs. I have a friend who found an antique sewing machine on the sidewalk in front of her neighbor’s house, asked them if she could have it, took a pic of it & sold it online for $350.00! I know another guy who paid for a new computer by selling beanie babies online back in the late 1990’s.

My mom knows a guy who goes to estate sales each Friday morning & sells the stuff he finds thru online auctions. And a girl I work with is friends with a guy who sells music cd’s online & makes more than he did at his full time job. When he started consistently making as much or more than he did at his full time job, he quit his job & began online auctioning full time. Another lady I know goes to garage sales to buy things then sells them online & makes as much as she did at her full time job.. and now she’s home with her young child full time doing online auctions.

I’ve got a lot of stuff to sell and am thinking of selling online since I don’t like having garage sales…. and who couldn’t use extra income?

I found & checked out several books at the library that are HOW TO guides for selling online. I’m gonna see how I do with this. I’d love to be able to generate enough income to not have to work full time when finishing my degree. If I could work part time, sell online to round out my income & go to school full time, I’d be able to finish much quicker… 2 years full time instead of 4 or 5 years part time.

I think the key is to find an area to specialize in.. or to learn to recognize things that will sell well online & get them listed in a way that’s noticeable.

countdown ticker / homeschool / cleaning up the house

Last night, I made a silly countdown ticker for how many days until school starts again. Just now, as I was forcing my kids to help me clean up the house & get things packed up for when we move later this summer, I was thinking of my sis who homeschools her children… the sis who’s due with her 6th baby any day now.

I just don’t have the patience for homeschooling & cannot imagine not having the end of summer to look forward to. I mean, I love summer, not having so much going on, kind of a slower pace with the kids… but you know what I mean, right? I was so happy when my kids were old enough to go to kindergarten. The year before that, they drove me nuts. I still believe that is nature’s way of making sure parents are ready to send their kids off to kindergarten.

I have a good friend who homeschools & is great with her kids. They’ve all gone to school at one point or another and have all gone in a grade or 2 above their age group b/c she’s taught them above their “grade level.”

I really think I’d be on the news for harming my kids if I did that…. judging by how infuriating the kids were today when I asked them to help out around the house.

All I asked them to do was:
oldest daughter, oil wood table & chairs and sweep kitchen floor
son, switch clothes from washer to dryer & empty dishwasher
youngest daughter, take out trash & vacuum living room floor.

They were so difficult. I had to stay on each of them about each little detail of their tasks. Is it hard to grasp the concept of putting the glasses in the cabinet after taking them out of the dishwasher? Is it difficult to remember to use the dustpan & get the dirt pile off the floor after sweeping? Is it hard to remember to wind up the vacuum cleaner cord & put the vacuum away after using it?

It’s not hard for ME to remember, but evidently it is VERY hard for my 9, 10, and 11 year old kids. UGH! It took every ounce of persistence I could muster to not just make them go outside & do it myself b/c it would have been easier. I knew it’d be best for me to reinforce doing things the right way the first time.. for me to not give in to their whining.. I know they were hoping that if they whined enough I’d get tired of listening to it & send them on their way to play. It’s worked lots of times, actually, so now I have to undo that.

During/after my divorce (about 4 yrs ago now), I gave in a lot to their whining. I felt guilty that their dad was no longer around. I didn’t want them to suffer. So I didn’t demand anything from them. Now, I regret that and am having to instill habits in them that should’ve been there years ago. Consequences suck sometimes.

NO, there’s no way I could homeschool my children, even if it was possible financially for me to be home with them. I’m just not patient enough.

Fat Girl

My youngest sister is pregnant and due in about a week. Her youngest son will be 3 in August. Tonight when I was talking to my sister, she told me this funny story about him.

A week or so ago, she asked him (youngest son) to go do something. He looked right at her & said, “OK, Fat Girl!” My sister asked him, “What? What did you just say?” and he repeated it, then went to go do whatever it was that she’d asked him to do. She thought it was extremely funny but didn’t laugh. She wanted to teach him that calling names is not ok & that it hurts the feelings of others.

The next time he said Fat Girl, my sister told him that it hurt her feelings for him to call her that & reminded him that name calling is not nice. So now, he will get really close to her & say, “Fat Girl? Don’t say Fat Girl, right Mommy? We don’t say Fat Girl.” He will say it as many times as he can in this context so that he’s not actually calling her that, but is getting to say the forbidden phrase.

It reminds me of my oldest daughter when she was about 3 yrs old saying, “My mom said we can’t say SHUT UP. So, don’t say Shut up, ok? We cannot say SHUT UP.” She’d wind up saying it about 50 times when telling someone that we didn’t say that. It was really funny. Now my nephew is doing that same thing! 🙂

Kids are so funny.

Dobby 5-26-05

Dobby on my foot… taking a nap. 🙂 Posted by Hello

YDD and my first name

My youngest daughter, who just turned 9 a week ago, just asked me if she could call me by my first name instead of Mom. She said it sounds more grown up. She also asked me if I’d remind her to not play with her dolls anymore.. she said they’re just a “collection,” not toys she will play with since she’s going to be in 4th grade next year. Then she said that she needs to call some friends on the phone b/c that’s what grown up kids do and got out her phone list to start calling. It’s just after 9pm here, so I told her that it’s too late to call her friends’ homes & that she’ll need to call before 8pm in order to show respect to her friends’ homes. This is completely outlandish, I guess. She had never heard of such a thing… for it to be too late to call someone’s home. 🙂

My children know to use good phone manners when phoning their friends’ homes… “Hello, this is ____, may I speak with _____ please?” So I guess the next step is teaching them which times that are appropriate for calling & when it’s best to wait until a better time.

Today was the last day of school here. I’m thinking that the name/doll/phone thing must be a sort of passage from 3rd to 4th grade that YDD has come up with.

BTW, I told her that I don’t care if she calls me my first name, but that if she’s sassing me & calling me my first name, I probably wouldn’t handle it well. She said she’ll only use my first name when she’s being nice. 🙂 I thought that was funny.


When I was growing up, the house I lived in had an attic fan. My maternal grandparents also had one. Now I live in a home with an attic fan. It’s on right now. The sound of it, the feel of the air rushing in the windows, bringing in cool, fresh, evening air, reminds me of my childhood. I can hear the outside noises.. owls hooting, insects (not sure if they’re cicadas or locusts or what) in the trees.

This house has a small shed in the back that has a tin roof. When it rains, the sound of the rain plinking down on that roof takes me back to sleeping in Meema and Grandad’s back bedroom (we called it the WAY BACK) on rainy nights. I can hear it from my bedroom. I love the sound of rain on a tin roof. I should probably record that sound & play it when I’m feeling stressed.

Sounds and smells are such powerful transporters. Certain smells still take me back to places I’d thought were forgotten. My sister & I were looking at houses a few weeks ago and one of the homes had a smell in one of the bedrooms that reminded me of my grandparents’ house. I didn’t like the house or want to live there, but the smell in that one room…. even the closet was like Meema & Grandad’s closets, made of the same type of wood, same sliding doors.

Once I almost bought a used car because it smelled like my parents’ house. Isn’t that strange? I went back to that car over & over just to sit in it b/c of the smell. I had moved 9 hours away and was more homesick than I realized before sitting in that car.

I wonder if my home has a particular smell. I’m sure it does, although I have no idea what it is. I don’t smell Mom & Dad’s house now when I walk into it, since I’m over there for a while on most days.. but when I first moved back, I could smell it. I’ve never been able to pinpoint the smell of Mom & Dad’s house.. I’m sure it’s the cleaning products they use or something like that. It’s always the same, though. Comforting. The smell of home.

When I come home after being on vacation or away for a weekend, I try to see if my house smells like anything.. but I never can smell it. I’ve even asked my sisters if my house smells like anything.. they say it smells like “my house.” Duh. 🙂 What else?

The book I just finished

called “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Phillippa Gregory was an excellent read. I’ve never read much about the Tudor period and found it fascinating. I knew that women had NO personal power during that time.. but reading that book was enlightening. I realize it is a novel, but it was well researched & seemed as accurate as possible to be about a time in which we’ve not lived.

Sad that Henry VIII was so insecure and such a scoundrel. It was thought to be normal for him to take up with other women & for the queen to be expected to turn her head. Even during his “other woman’s” pregnancies and after his children were born, he was quick to move on to the next woman.


I’ve been thinking about health today, and quality of life. They go hand in hand, I believe.

I’m exploring how I feel about these questions:
–Do I feel better when I’m eating healthier foods, drinking more water, working out more.. or only when the numbers on the scale are lower?

–Do I care more about how my clothes fit, how I look or how I feel?

–What can I do now to improve my health & redefine my views of HEALTHY.. not just physical but MENTAL health as well?

lower carb diet
less caffeine
more exercise
more water
to bed earlier
stress reduction
finish degree
keep consistency in disciplining the children
require children to help more around the house

(I tend to let them play & do it myself b/c it’s easier.. not good for any of us really… more work for me, no ownership for them)

These are things that would be easily implemented… well, maybe not cutting down on caffeine just yet. That’d go along with getting more rest & less stress, I think. I’m prone to caffeine withdrawals/severe headaches when I quit cold turkey… and that makes me NO FUN to be around.. so not going that route again anytime soon.

I don’t want to be supermodel thin.. or anything unrealistic.. I just want to be comfortable with my size, healthy & strong, able to raise my children & to feel like running & playing with them after working all day.

Dobby likes Oatmeal Cookies!

Here’s my handsome Dobby today. He’s been really trying to whistle “Row Row Row Your Boat” the past several days.

He’s gotten down these parts:
row row row your boat
gently down the stream

(skips the merrily merrily part)

life is but a dream!

Dobby loves his BIRDSITTER video.. I can tell a really big difference in him & his apparent happiness since we’ve been playing it for him each day when we’re out at school & work. He sings much more & is less nippy with the kids. Actually, Dobby is getting more friendly with them, but will still leave their shoulders to fly to me if I enter the room. I try to stay out of the rooms where they’re playing with him so he’ll get to know them too. It’s hard to believe we’ve had him for almost 2 months now.

I still giggle when I think of my 6 ft 5 inch ex husband running in fear when little 3 ounce ferocious Dobby tried to fly & land on his shoulder that day when ex had come by to visit with the kids. HILARIOUS! Ex was running around the island in my kitchen, Dobby was flying after him.. I was hooting with laughter… SOOO FUNNY!! Wish I’d have had my camcorder out! Would have been a prizewinning funniest video, I believe!

I was making oatmeal cookies tonight & gave Dobby one. He LOVED it! He had it all over the cabinet top, out of his bowl, on the floor, crumbs around his beak. He messed with that cookie until it was totally pulverized. It was so fun to watch him enjoying it so much. I know that my children enjoy the foods that I prepare for them, and they say thanks & help with clean up & all.. but something about watching something discover it for the first time… kind of like watching my kids when they were trying new foods as babies…

Good grief! I am gushing about this bird! LOL Posted by Hello

Thomas Jefferson quote

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.

~Thomas Jefferson