That’s right. So sue me. Actually, nothing, and I mean nothing, gets me angrier than people telling me not to read a book or that a book is banned. But I suspect that most of you feel the same way.
Anyhoo, Bibliobrat has issued a challenge to anyone who is also angered by this unfair violation of our freedom to read whatever we want. Banned Book Week is September 26th through October 3rd. During this particular week, Bibliobrat wants us to read at least one banned book in protest. Not one to turn down this type of challenge, I hereby commit myself to reading at least one banned book that week. Here’s my list:
- 1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
- 2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- 3. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- 4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
I am still in shock that the Twilight Series has been banned by some libraries, but I’ll save my indignation for Banned Books Week.
So, which banned books are you going to read this important week?
Stephanie – You are the reason I am reading it! I read your review and knew that I had to add it to my pile. So thanks!
Looking for Alaska was a really good book. I'm glad to see you are reading it!!
Sarbear – I never understand why books are banned. To me, that is like banning breathing. Just sick.
I can't believe why some of these books were banned — like Harry Potter? LOL
Ceri – Yes, I was shocked too when it popped up on the list. I'm going to post the reasons for the ban when I review them for that week. (Honestly, I could review them without reading them, but why deny me the pleasure of another re-read?) I agree that banning a book makes me want to read them.
Matt – I agree with everything you've said. Books are banned by the same people who would put limits on our media because they do not agree with freedom of the press.
You go! To me there is no such thing as banned book. The banned books simply express school of thoughts that are not necessarily approved by the majority, who is usually narrow minded and conservative, and self-righteous.
Twilight was banned? WHY!?!??! I don't see the controversy in it.
Then again, I don't see the controversy in most books that are banned – people can't stand to read the truth about their world sometimes, and it's authors who aren't afraid to write about *real* topics that face persecution.
Most of the time, if a book is banned, that'll make me want to read it more. I'm stubborn like that. 😀
Not a problem! Like I said, nothing causes me to see sparks like someone telling me that I can't read a particular book because it might speak negatively about a religion or is “inappropriate”. If more people felt as strongly, maybe we could stop people from feeling threatened by mere words on a page.
Thank you again for joining and doing a shout out for this challenge!