Oct 4, 2008

Banned Book Week and 6 Weird Things Memes

Serena, Naida and Annie tagged me for the 6 Weird/Random Things About Me Meme. Here it goes:
  1. I often chew on the ends of my pens and pencils, but since I read this post by J.S. Peyton I've been forcing myself to quit. The story about the student really freaked me out. (I do wash my hands, though.)

  2. Like Becky, I am not at all a fan of talking to people on the phone. It makes me anxious enough that I'm often tempted not to pick up my cell phone when it rings. But I know that having to call that number back would make me even more anxious, so most of the time I do pick it up.

  3. For some reason I never wear my hair loose.

  4. I never sing in front of other people, but I made up little theme songs for each of my cats and dogs and I sing them to them regularly.

  5. I hate squid with a passion and I have a hard time understanding how people can eat it. The smell is enough to make me want to throw up.

  6. You know those blog widgets that show the most recent visitors by location? They make me really uncomfortable. It's not that I don't want people to know I've visited their blogs, but the thought of someone being able to see I'm at their blog at that particular moment weirds me out.
I'm really bad at tagging others, so you know how it goes: if you haven't done these yet and feel like it, I'd love to see your answers.

And still in honour of Banned Book Week 2008, I will do this meme that Kate tagged me for. The goal is to go through the ALA’s list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-2000 and mark the ones you've read.
  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
  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
  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
  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
Only 16. That's less than I thought it'd be. Over at Apha Heroes there's an unofficial challenge to read another ten before Banned Book Week 2009.


  1. I'm with you 100% on the phone comment Nymeth. I could easily live without a phone and never miss it.

  2. I'm totally with you on #6. And as far as #2, I get anxiety about even thinking about picking the phone to make a doctor's appointment. Well, I used to. Then in April, I started making a slow but steady effort to get myself more adjusted to the phone, and it's really helped a lot. It's such a weird thing to try to explain to other people, too.

  3. Yikes about the pen thing! I just popped over the J.S.'s post and am pretty freaked out. I don't really care to talk on the phone either and don't do it unless I have to. I get really anxious about having to spend time alone with someone in person, though. For example a car ride--even if the person is my best friend I will get anxious about taking a road trip with them for fear that we will sit in silence the whole time. I'm not very good at conversation--I do better with people who talk a lot but then I get annoyed because they talk the whole time :P This is my favorite meme floating around.

  4. Thanks for participating Nymeth! I hate talking on the phone as well, and I will pick up my cell if it rings because I would rather not have to call the person back.

    I hate the smell, look, and taste of squid as well. I used to chew on pens, but not pencils...somehow I have miraculously stopped doing that without knowing it consciously.

  5. I've tried to give my work cell phone away a few times, but no one wants it.

    I'm really shy about singing in front of others too. You'd think I wouldn't be since I sang in several different choices for years. But that at least I can manage.

  6. Wow! You have almost all of the books listed here. And you've read many too. :D

  7. I have read a few of those books. In fact, when I was in middle school, I checked out The Drowning of Stephen Jones but the next day, the librarian asked for it back saying it was going to be reviewed by the school board. I think the book was actually removed from the library because I never saw it there again.

  8. I've been working on my phone fear, lately. A long, long time ago I had a job at which I had to take phone calls from vendors and then check files to answer their questions. I was told to put the phone down while I checked the files, so that the phone charges would go to the caller and we wouldn't have to call back. Funny to look back on. That job really helped me develop confidence on the phone. And, then I stayed home with the kids, for 20 years. Har. So much for that.

    I hate those widgets, too. They freak me out.

  9. I used to chew on my pens and pencils too until a pen exploded in my mouth! That just about ended that habit...embarrasing and it doesn't taste so good :p I'm not a phone person either...quick conversations are fine like "meet me at 6:00" but aside from that, I really just despise the phone, lol.

    I've read almost all of the same banned books as you! That's funny. I really can't even fathom why some of these books are banned....it's just sad. Well, really I can't understand why any books are banned...

  10. How on earth have you not read The Witches by Roald Dahl?!? Shame o you. If you don't read it this year and we do our challenge again next year consider it top of your list :p

    "I never sing in front of other people, but I made up little theme songs for each of my cats and dogs and I sing them to them regularly." Hehehe I love it :)

  11. Why or why did I click that link? I knew how bad germs freak me out to begin with. I think I had read 14 on that list.

  12. I hear you on the phone thing! We finally got caller ID, and it's been the best thing ever...now I can pick up the phone when I know it's Rich calling but not stress out about answering if it's someone else. I know it's warped, but I can't even bring myself to call and order pizza.

    And I totally love that you have theme songs for your babies!!!

    I might have to "borrow" that banned books list meme-ish thing...I think that's the first one of those book lists that I've actually read more than 10% of. :)

  13. I now have a 7th quirky fact, I am terrified of galloping gangrene! (I shouldn't have clicked the link)

    That is awesome that you gave your fur-babies theme songs! I have silly voices I use to talk to my dogs, and they growl and whine back making it sound like they are talking :)

  14. Dar, I'm glad I'm not alone!

    Eva: I really should make an effort too. The thought of picking up the phone to do anything "official" makes me really anxious, so I put it off indeterminately, and of course that the thought is there at the back of my mind nagging me. Once I actually do it it's not that hard and the anxiety goes away, so I really need to train myself to stop procrastinating. And yes, a lot of the time people just don't understand why it's such a big deal. But I just can't help it.

    Trish: I don't talk much either, and if I'm alone with someone for too long the inevitable result is awkward silence. I think that in some ways it's easier to be around people who talk a lot, because they don't expect you to talk back :P I just smile and nod every few minutes and get lost in my own thoughts :P

    Serena: yay, another squid hater! The look of it is bad too...the tentacles are just creepy.

    Literary Feline: lol :P I wish somebody would take my cell phone!

    Alice: I hope to read even more!

    Aria: That is too bad :/

    bookfool: It's really good to know I'm not alone in my widget and phone phobia! That job sounds nightmarish, but I bet you do get used to it after a while. I need to work on it, but I don't want to :P

    Chris: A mouth full of ink definitely doesn't sound good :P And book banning in general baffles me, but some in particular, like Where's Waldo, are just plain bizarre, lol

    Rhinoa: Somehow I never got around to reading that one! But Debi reviewed it recently and she got me thinking that I really, really should!

    Ladytink: Sorry about that :P

    Debi: It's not warped. Or maybe it is, but it seems that lots of us have the same problem :P I don't like ordering pizza either. I don't like doing anything on the phone. The theme songs are all ridiculous and nobody would find them funny but me, but oh well :P And I hope you do the meme, I'd love to see which ones you've read!

    Book Zombie: Sorry about giving you a new phobia :P Sometimes I use silly voices too, and the cats look at me like I'm a freak, lol

  15. I'm completely with you on number 6, Nymeth. I'm so weirded out by it that I have actually stopped visiting several blogs as often as I might because they have those on them. I feel like I'm being spied on and am obliged to leave a comment because I know they'll know I've been there. And it's all too much for me to cope with... so I don't.

  16. Oh totally with you on the phone thing. What's weird to me is how much I used to love talking on the phone. I'd spend hours and hours with friends but now, I just don't want to be on the phone at all.

    The blog widgets... Yea, I'm not a big fan of those either...

  17. Cath: I knooow. I just can't help feeling that way too. Websites that show your online status and don't give you the option to set it as private bother me in general. My first instinct is to run. And the inevitable result is that I spend less time there than I would otherwise.

    Iliana: I'd talk on the phone for hours when I was in my teens, it seems unbelievable to me now, lol. But even then, I was only comfortable talking on the phone with a very small number of close friends.

  18. glad you played along :)
    I agree with #6, that freaks me out too! especially when the widget says the location you are in....like the town you live in. yikes.


  19. Naida: I know! That always makes me feel so uncomfortable.

  20. I don't like talking on the phone much either. Luckily, I suppose, nowadays most people either text or email. I never answer our home phone, it's almost always someone trying to sell us something.

    I'm not a fan of squid either, although octopus looks so much worse to me. They're both popular here! My husband keeps telling me it's delicious but I'm not convinced.

    BTW, I haven't forgotten that you tagged me for a similar meme a couple months ago! Sorry. One of these days...

  21. I'm so not a phone person. I hate answering the phone unless its family or a couple close friends. Thank goodness I have hubby to make all the business calls. I'd never survive without him. LOL

    As for hair, I always wear it in a bun, ponytail, or claw clip. I'd cut it really short except I think my face is too chunky. If I leave it down, it frizzes right up.

    I'm done babbling now. LOL



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