Not everybody loves sparkly vampires.
Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” vampire series was among the new entries when the American Library Association last week released its list of most frequently challenged books for 2009.
The “Twilight” books took fifth place, while the No. 1 spot went to “ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r,” a series of young-adult novels written totally in the style of instant messaging.
The rest of the list included many books with a history of igniting library debates — titles like “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Catcher in the Rye” and “The Color Purple.”
Perusing the titles reminded me my inner rebel is still intact. I’m intent on reading Carolyn Mackler’s “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.”
The young-adult novel, No. 8 on the list, tells the story of plus-size teenager Virginia Shreves.
One Book, One Twitter
What if everyone on Twitter read the same book?
That’s the premise of One Book, One Twitter — an initiative led by Wired Magazine writer Jeff Howe.
He specializes in studies of “crowdsourcing,” an examination of the crowd’s power in business.
Howe’s Twitter effort is similar to the Big Read, a program that centers community activities around a single book.
The advantage of One Book, One Twitter?
Most importantly, it erases geographic boundaries.
People from across the world can participate in the program, which relies on Twitter — a social networking site that lets users share thoughts in 140 characters or less.
Twitter book clubs already exist, but Howe — whose Twitter followers exceed 6,500 — maintains this is something different. It’s designed to unite people from all walks of life, not just avid literary fans.
“At best we start an annual summer Twitter tradition, and bring a bunch of people from all over the world to read together. At worst a handful of us pick a book in an ad hoc fashion and we’ll simply have started another Twitter book club. If you’re a word nerd, how bad could that be?” Howe writes online.
Voting recently began to choose a selection for One Book, One Twitter.
Voting will be open for about two weeks and participants will start reading shortly after a selection is chosen.
Possible books include: “The God of Small Things,” “Song of Solomon,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” “1984,” “Brave New World,” “100 Years of Solitude,” “American Gods,” “Catch-22,” “Catcher in the Rye” and “Fahrenheit 451.”
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516.