Challenge Update #13 – Week 2 of War & Pages + Its Almost Old Book October! :D

Howdy my scintillating, spectacular Bookbaggers!

Welcome to the second update of War & Pages + some other little updates challenge-wise 🙂

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I had another nice weekend of reading (mainly on Sunday) cuddled up with the dogs while it rained outside – one of my favorite settings for a long reading session 🙂 – and I easily made my quota:

Catch 22:

25 pages (3 chapters)catch22

World War Z:

38 ½ pagesworld-war-z-book-cover


63 ½ pages

In other news I’m getting pretty excited because there is less than a week until the start of Old Book October 😀 And if that wasn’t exciting enough I am tantalizingly close to the end of three books – Heartless by Gail CarrigerChasing Magic by Stacia Kane (which both have around 100 pages left) and World War Z by Max Brooks (which has even less than 100 and considering its part of the challenge could be the first one I finish depending on how exciting the other two get  :P) – just in time to choose ones for the event! 😀

Since I did a guilty preemptive pick earlier this month, whichever book I finish first will be replaced by Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, but after that it will be all Old Books until the end of October!

I also wanted to read a Banned/Challenged book in honor of Banned Books Week and sort of in answer to a challenge posted by Tara from The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh”. However, because of all the other challenge action, i didn’t want to commit to a long book, so while I’ve been reading all the lists of frequently challenged books (a bit of an obsession of mine this week!) i kept my eyes peeled for short, yet interesting children’s books or graphic novels. In the list of Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013 I found the perfect book: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


Persepolis is the perfect fit because:

  1. I have wanted to read it for years, and especially since I started my Comic Companions challenge
  2. As a graphic novel its not too long to distract me from other challenges so I should be able to at least start it while Banned Books Week is still going
  3. It can also be the Comic Companion for Neverwhere (I did technically already choose, and read, Star Trek TNG: Hive as Neverwhere‘s Comic Companion, but since that was weeks ago I wanted a new one :P)
  4. A quick search on my work’s catalogue revealed that we have it in the collection at a different campus so I was easily able to place a hold and get it sent to me the next day!

The biggest selling point though was the little blurb under its entry in Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013:

Removed, via a district directive, from all Chicago, Ill. public schools (2013) due to “graphic illustrations and language” and concerns about “developmental preparedness” and “student readiness.” Seventh- and eleventh-grade students study the graphic novel about the author’s experience growing up in Iran during the Iranian revolution as part of Chicago Public Schools’ Literacy Content Framework. As the news spread of the directive, students mobilized a media campaign in opposition to “banning a book that’s all about the freedom of speech.” Students took to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, checked out all library copies of the book, wrote blogs, sent e-mails, wrote investigative articles for the student newspaper, contacted the author, staged protests, and appeared on local radio and television programs. Eventually, the school issued a letter telling high school principals to disregard the earlier order to pull the book. source: May 2013, pp. 103–4

Source: Doyle, R.P. (2013). Books challenged or banned 2O12–2O13. Retrieved from

How could I resist reading a banned/challenged book which prompted such a passionate reaction from the students? Plus it was one on this year’s list which is a fitting way to get involved on my first year actively celebrating Banned Books Week 🙂

I’ll update you on what I thought of it in a future challenge update along with other exciting challenge stuff, plus my official listing of the rules and contenders for Old Books October on the 1st of October, but until then:

Ban Bombs – Not Books!

(That may be a controversial sign-off but I stand by it! Please send complaints to bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com so they can be blithely ignored 😛)

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Banned and Challenged Books

Two reblogs in a week, oh my! I just had to reblog this because I have been reading up on Banned Books Week, and banned/challenged books in general pretty much all day and this list from Tara of The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh” shows why the event is so important. If you want to learn some quick facts about banned and challenged books, Banned Books Week and how to get involved this is a great place to start 🙂

Adventures in Etymology: Gnosis



Arcane Knowledge by ~rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Arcane Knowledge by ~rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for Adventure

Used in Kraken by China Miéville which made me remember what a great word it is! Definitions/Origins


Knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.
1695–1705;  < Neo-Latin  < Greek gnṓsis  a seeking to know, equivalent to gnō-,  base of gignṓskein know + -sis -sis



A combining form meaning “knowledge,” used in the formation of compound words: prognosis.
< Latin -gnōsis  < Greek;  see gnosis



gnosis. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from website:

Online Etymology Dictionary Information

gnosis (n.)
“special knowledge of spiritual mysteries,” 1703, from Greek gnosis “investigation, knowledge,” in Christian writers, “higher knowledge of spiritual things” (see gnostic (adj.)).

Gnostic (n.)
1580s, “believer in a mystical religious doctrine of spiritual knowledge,” from Late Latin Gnosticus, from Late Greek Gnostikos, noun use of adj. gnostikos “knowing, able to discern,” from gnostos “knowable,” from gignoskein “to learn, to come to know” (see know). Applied to various early Christian sects that claimed direct personal knowledge beyond the Gospel or the Church hierarchy.

gnostic (adj.)
“relating to knowledge,” 1650s, from Greek gnostikos “knowing, able to discern,” from gnostos “known, perceived, understood,” from gignoskein “to learn, to come to know” (see know).


Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from

Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from

Banned Books Week

I don’t usually Reblog (in fact this is my first) but since Christie from bibliophiliacs is actually doing regular posts for Banned Books Week I thought I’d share it around 🙂 I won’t be doing what she is, but perhaps I’ll come up with a little something by the end of the week 😛

Happy (illicit) Reading!


This week, the week of September 22nd to September 29, is Banned Books Week.

This is the description that the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (what an awesome thing) has on their website:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

I’m going to do posts this week about banned books.  Some of the ones that have been banned and are still banned will surprised you, or maybe not if you’re more cynical than me.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the one I’m…

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Challenge Update # 12 – Week 1 of War & Pages + This Is What Happens When I Say I Won’t Buy Any Books

Greetings my divine, stupendous Bookbaggers!

Welcome to the first update for my new challenge War & Pages 😀 The challenge “officially” started last week but I was a tad lazy and didn’t get around to reading any pages until Sunday, so I’ve counted that Sunday as last week and from now on the weeks will be Monday—Sunday 🙂 war &  pages challenge badge On Sunday I had a nice leisurely day of reading and doing laundry (woooo! living the crazy young single life!) and made the following War & Pages progress:

Catch 22:

30 pages (3 chapters) exactly! (yay for whole numbers! :D)catch22

World War Z:

21 pages (or really 20 pages and 2 bits of pages since how the book is structured, “chapters” don’t always end on a new page)world-war-z-book-cover


51 pages

Yay! At least I made my quota for the first week 🙂 In other news, you know how when I announced my future challenges I said I was going to try not to buy any books over October/November? Well, I thought I should get myself use to that by curbing my book-buying desire from now until all the challenges are over. I even went to my favourite bookstore (which I seem to rave about all the time so its been upgraded from one-of-my-favourites to the currently undisputed favourite), Kaleido Books on Friday after work as a test and said to myself, and to my workmate, Scott, and even to the guy at Kaleido, that I wouldn’t buy any books that day! Yeah……..

Kaleido books purchases As I said to the guy at Kaleido, two of these are Graphic Novels, so they don’t count, and the two books are a children’s one and a humor/non-fiction so they don’t count either…but really, they do count. I’m going to stick to my guns though – all 4 have been added to the jar and will be in the draw until the 1st of October when Old Book October begins, then they will have to wait around collecting dust until the 1st of December, when New Book November finishes. In the meantime I will still try not to buy more books….and probably fail, but I will fail WITH HONOR!!!!!! 😀 Oh! And in case you can’t read all the details in my sub-par phone picture the books I bought are (clockwise from far left): Death: The High Cost of Living  by Neil Gaiman (writer), Chris Bachalo (penciller) and Mark Buckingham (inker),  which is a separate story arc featuring the character of Death from The Sandman Graphic Novels; The Curious Dictionary (Word Hunters # 1) by Nick Earls, and Terry Whidborne (art) which a friend recommended a while back because it’s so my kind of story :); FreakAngels #1 by Warren Ellis (writer) and Paul Duffield (artist) which looks pretty cool; and lastly, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell, which me and my friends already flipped through to giggle and shake our heads in book lover outrage 😛 I also swapped my comics that I had out from work so that others got a chance to borrow them. I returned House of Mystery: Room and Boredom (House of Mystery, Volume # 1) by Matthew Sturges and Bill Wilingham (writers), Jill Thompson (penciler), Luca Rossi (inker) and Todd Klein (letterer) which I’ve had out since the start of the Comic Companions challenge (because I’ve had it for so long I will re-borrow it for Old Book October if it’s still there) plus two I borrowed a while ago but forgot to share with you: burnoutBurnout by Rebecca Donner (writer) and Inaki Miranda (artist), and: silverfish Silverfish by  David Lapham. I then got out three more that I’d been making eyes at: East perth library borrows The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way (writer), Gabriel Bá (artist) and Dave Stewart (colourist);  Seekers into the Mystery #1 – The Little Man With The Knives (The Pilgrimage Of Lucas Hart Part One) by J.M. DeMatteis (writer) and Glenn Barr (artist); and, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (writer), Andrzej Klimowski (writer/adapter, artist) and Danusia Schejbal (writer/adapter, artist). As with my doesn’t-count purchases, these three will be part of the draw until the first of October and then will be put aside (probably also returned for others to enjoy) until December.

That’s it for now 🙂 Watch out for my next update and movements leading up to Old Book October but til then:

ARRRRRR! Avast ye book lubbers!

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