Friday, August 11, 2006

Just a few book lists

I like collecting book lists. I keep a folder of lists at work for ideas to read later as well as in case I need to recommend something to someone; I have another one at home. I often try to find lists for topics that I may not know as much about or that will expose me to new things. At any rate, here are some lists I have found recently:
  • Kirkus had a 30 Graphic Novels to read list. When you go to the article, it will give a link to Kirkus's list of special editions. Look for the one for the graphic novels. Warning: it opens a PDF file. (found via Bookslut Blog).
  • Bookmark Magazine has compiled 101 Crackerjack Sea Books. If you long for adventure at sea, this is the list for you. The list is a mix of genres from fiction to history to memoirs. There should be something for any reader. (found via Bookslut Blog).
  • World Hum featured a list of 30 travel books. It's summer, so if you want some travel, but can't quite make it, these books may do the trick for the armchair traveller. (found via Bookslut Blog).
  • PZ Myers, of Pharyngula, has compiled a book list for evolutionists. He provides reading suggestions for readers from children to advanced adults. If you are looking for good books on evolutionary biology, this is a good list. It is also good if you need some ammunition to dispel the ignorance of the anti-science lobby.
  • The Phantom Professor provides the list given to her by "Dr. March" on the Holocaust and the Nazi Death Camps.
  • The Feminist Majority Foundation provides a list of the Feminist Canon. These are mostly nonfiction in the areas of history and feminist theory. (found via the Library Tavern blog).
  • The Amelia Bloomer Project of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (that's a lot of organizational packaging) has a list of books for young readers on strong women and feminism. The link leads to the current list, but they also link to previous years. From the website, "we applaud authors, illustrators, editors and publishers with the courage to publish feminist books accessible to young readers. We challenge publishers to move beyond merely ‘spunky' and ‘feisty' young women. We encourage publishers to understand that feminism is more than friendship and make-up. We need books that represent the world in which we live, as well as the world that we hope to achieve. We hunger for books that portray females who exemplify personal empowerment while still being aware of the global challenges and opportunities." (found via Rory Litwin's Library Juice blog).
  • If you are looking for something different, then you may be interested in the IPPY Awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards). From the website,"the "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers." They recognize books in various genres, so odds are readers will find something they like. (found via Rory Litwin's Library Juice blog).
  • The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards can be found here. The work of the Jane Addams Peace Association, these awards recognize children's books that "effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence." (found via Rory Litwin's Library Juice blog).

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