- Inappropriate
An article in the New Yorker about other inappropriate words that have appeared in either the titles or text of works meant from those below twelve. This is in response to the recent controversy in the US over the use of the word “scrotum” in a children’s book, Susan Patron’s The Higher Power of Lucky, that was recently awarded the 2007 Newberry Medal. You can read more about it on librarian.net.

- ABC News: Oddity Book Titles Vie for Top Prize
Now you have the chance to make your choice on the “Oddest Book Title of the Year”. The following titles are in contention for the title: Better Never To Have Been: the Harm of Coming Into, How Green Were the Nazis?, Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed, Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan, and The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America. Last year’s winner was a book titled “People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to do About It”.
(via LISNews.org)

- Arizona student accused of poisoning librarian “because he was bored”
Remember never to leave your water bottle unattended at the counter. Just last week in Arizona in the States, a 14-year-old boy was placed in juvenile detention for squirting a hand sanitizer into the school librarian’s water bottle. Thankfully, the librarian didn’t suffer any long lasting effects other than getting a burning sensation in her throat when she took that sip of water. Guess it also applies to locking your computer when you step away from the counter.
(via LISNews.org)

- The great unread: DBC Pierre, Harry Potter … oh yes, and David Blunkett
A British survey has revealed that many of the most popular titles are not read to the very end. It was extremely surprising to me to read that JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was placed second on the list. Personally, I’ve done the same, as in not reading to the end, for some of the books that I’ve either bought or borrowed from the library. So, what books have you not finished reading recently? Do leave your comments.

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