Based on the ALA’s Banned & Challenged Classics list, which can be found here:

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
16. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
17. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
18. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
19. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
20. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
21. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
22. Native Son, by Richard Wright
23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
24. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
25. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
26. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
27. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
28. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
29. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
30. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
31. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
32. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
33. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
34. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
35. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
36. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
37. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
38. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
39. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
40. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
41. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
42. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence

Why Swan Lake? It may seem like a random artistic choice, but to anyone who lived in the former USSR, it made perfect sense. For many Russians, the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s score are as likely to remind them of political upheaval as they are the beauty of classical ballet. When Leonid Brezhnev died in 1982, after nearly two decades in power, state-controlled television stations cut into programming not with news of his death or an announcement of who would next lead the country, but with broadcasts of Swan Lake “in its full-length, four-act, three hour expanse,” writes Stanford dance historian Janice Ross in her new book , Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia. The broadcasts were a stalling tactic, meant to block access to the news while the Soviet leadership settled on a succession plan. The same happened following the deaths of Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko. Swan Lake was so often the backdrop for Soviet political upheaval that seeing it on television became a tip-off that all was not well in Moscow. In August 1991, Ross writes, when a group of communist hard-liners attempted to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev’s government, television programs again were interrupted; for days, the only thing on state TV was a continuous loop of Swan Lake. Sergei Filatov, a member of the Russian legislature, was on vacation at the time. “I turned on the TV and saw the swans dancing,” Filatov told the Moscow Times. “For five minutes, ten, for an hour. Then I realized that something had happened.” He immediately got on a flight to Moscow, where he played an important role defending the city against the attempted takeover. (One of the leaders of the coup, Vasily Starodubtsev, later admitted that the broadcast was a strategic error.)
Black Queer and Trans* Reading List.

Please add books or essays written by Black and/or POC Queer and Trans* writers (fiction and non-fiction) and books or essays written about the Black Queer and Trans* experience. 

  • Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology by E. Patrick Johnson (Editor), Mae G. Henderson
  • Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color Critique by Roderick A. Ferguson
  • Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” by Cathy Cohen (PDF)
  • Death and Rebirth of a Movement:Queering Critical Ethnic Studies
    by Cathy Cohen (PDF)
  • Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Queer Ideas/Queer Action by Andrea J. Ritchie
  • Mutha Is Half a Word: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture by L.H. Stallings
  • Black Queer Identity Matrix: Towards An Integrated Queer of Color Framework (Black Studies & Critical Thinking: Lgbt Studies) by Sheena C. Howard
  • Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction by Don Weise 
  • Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender by Mia McKenzie
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
  • Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries: Survival, Revolt, and Queer Antagonist Struggle (PDF
    A compilation of historical documents, interviews, and critical analyses of STAR, a group of street queens in early 70s New York City who self-organized for survival and revolt. Contained within are pamphlets distributed by STAR, as well as interviews with and speeches by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Additionally, we are excited to include a critical essay by Ehn Nothing on STAR’s legacy, the enemies of queer insurrection, and the war against gender.
  • Decolonizing Trans/gender 101 by b. binaohan
    A short, accessible disruption of the hegemonic and imperial aspirations of white trans/gender theory. it seeks to remedy the reductive (and, thus, violent erasure) nature of trans/gender 101s that seek to explicate (but really construct) a white trans/gender discourse assumed to have universal legitimacy. a legitimacy that has widespread implications and consequences far beyond the borders of whiteness.

A rainy day reading list

1. Atonement by Ian McEwan

2. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

6. The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

8. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

9. Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

10. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Happy Thursday everyone! Here’s an updated pic of my tbr list/2016 personal reading goal! I went to a cute local coffee shop yesterday and their cups were super cool so I washed the cup out and cut the designs off. Coffee and books go well together so that’s why I decided to put them on these pages. Have an amazing day and an even more amazing weekend!

Please tell a story about a girl who gets away.” I would, even if I had to adapt one, even if I had to make one up just for her. “Gets away from what, though?” “From her fairy godmother. From the happy ending that isn’t really happy at all. Please have her get out and run off the page altogether, to somewhere secret where words like ‘happy’ and ‘good’ will never find her.” “You don’t want her to be happy and good?” “I’m not sure what’s really meant by happy and good. I would like her to be free. Now. Please begin.
—  Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching

One of my favorite things about Daria is that the books she reads are actual books we too can read. Sometimes her jokes are references to the books she’s read and if you haven’t read the book you might not be in on the joke! Here is a list of the books you can purchase that have been featured/mentioned on Daria:

(I put an * by all the ones I’ve personally read)

source for all the books here



Got books on the brain? Why not get some books on the brain? (Work it out.)

The 2014 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting is taking place November 15-19 in Washington D.C. If you’re attending the meeting, stop by booth 200 to check out these books and more.

Any brainy books to add to the list? 

To say a feeling, an impression is to diminish it—expel it.  But sometimes feelings are too strong: passions, obsessions. Like romantic love. Or grief. Then one needs to speak, or one would burst. The desire for reassurance. And, equally, to be reassured. (The itch to ask whether I’m still loved; and the itch to say, I love you, half-fearing that the other has forgotten, since the last time I said it.)
—  Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh
Dramione Reading List

Here is a list of (some more of) my favorite (completed) Dramione fics:

  1. Aurelian by BittyBlueEyes
  2. The Bracelet by AkashaTheKitty
  3. Children of the Dark - Year 1 by cleotheo
  4. Children of the Dark - Year 2 by cleotheo
  5. Children of the Dark - Year 3 by cleotheo
  6. The Devil’s Obsession by Refictionista
  7. Donum Scientiae, by Refictionista
  8. Dowry of a Single Galleon by Bunney
  9. The Dragon’s Bride by Rizzle
  10. Fairy Stone by Colubrina
  11. Femme Fatale by cleotheo
  12. Gravity by Luckei1
  13. Graveyard Valentine by Bex-chan
  14. Her Sweet, Decadent Smile by thecellarfloor
  15. His Beautiful, Haunting Eyes by thecellarfloor
  16. I Can’t Hate You Anymore by jmalfoy
  17. Inosculation by Rianne
  18. The Lestrange Girl by Freya Ishtar
  19. Lightning Strikes Twice by articcat621
  20. Like Brothers by Colubrina
  21. A Marriage Most Convenient by AnneM.Oliver
  22. The Nietzsche Classes by Beringae
  23. Pansy’s Revenge by frostykitten
  24. Randy Man’s Playbook by BittyBlueEyes and fourfeetelvn
  25. The Request by redhead414
  26. Thirteenth Night by Nelpher
  27. Unexpected by Emara88
  28. What a Difference a Night Makes by Kyra4