Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Banned Book Challenge

I've decided to join the Banned Book Challenge during the month of September.

Banned Book week is September 26, 2009 - October 3, 2009.

During the month of September read at least one banned book. You can read as many as you like, but read at least one.

Here are just a few of those books (and reasons for the banning), these are the ones I've read.

Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
Reasons: anti-family, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Reasons: offensive language and sexually explicit

Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit

Forever, by Judy Blume
Reasons: sexual content and offensive language

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicity, and unsuited to age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Blubber, by Judy Blume
Deenie, by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
Carrie, by Stephen King

Banned/Challenged Classics I've read:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The World According to Garp by John Irving
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

These books don't include what I started and didn't finish, and what is sitting on my shelves. The list is amazingly long. I'm pretty sure I'm going to tackle at least what is in my TBR pile. It's a good a time as any.

1 comment:

J.C. Montgomery said...

Thank you so much for joining and exercising your freedom to read. Not just for this particular challenge, but for all those other times you've read books others would, or have tried, to remove from the shelves.

Good for you!