Category: Banned Books

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts on Banned Books Week 2016

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts on Banned Books Week 2016

Happy Banned Books Week, Bookworms! It’s that time of year again, celebrating the freedom to read. I was just perusing the ALA’s statistics (check them out here) and while it probably comes as no surprise to you, the VAST majority of complaints about books come in the form of parents objecting to school curriculum or what should and shouldn’t be included in the school library. I have feelings about this…. Read more »

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Katie’s Unsolicited Opinions on Banned Books Week

Katie’s Unsolicited Opinions on Banned Books Week

Greetings Bookworms! It’s Banned Books Week, one of my favorite times of the year. It’s always great fun to discuss the reasons people have for writing to their local libraries and/or children’s schools to complain about the reading material. Objections are almost universally tied to what is and isn’t appropriate for children and teenagers. As a non parent, I should probably keep my mouth shut. The last thing I want to… Read more »

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Banned Books Week & Diversiverse: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Banned Books Week & Diversiverse: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Hey There, Bookworms! It’s still Banned Books Week, and I’m still celebrating Diversiverse. Today’s book has popped up on the list of Top Ten Banned Books over and over again in recent years, so OF COURSE I had to find out what all the fuss was about. I picked up a copy of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and started reading. Frankly, I’m having a… Read more »

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Top Ten Weirdest Reasons Books are Challenged

Top Ten Weirdest Reasons Books are Challenged

Howdy Howdy Howdy, Bookworms! It’s Banned Books Week still and I thought it might be fun to look at some weird-ass reasons books have been challenged and/or banned. The most common complaints about books are the holy trinity: sex, drugs, and naughty language. Those are the ones you expect to see, you know? Luckily for our reading enjoyment, there are some more entertaining problems that have caused folks to get their… Read more »

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Banned Books Week & Diversiverse: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Banned Books Week & Diversiverse: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Hey there, Bookworms! It’s one of my FAVORITE weeks of the whole year. That’s right kiddos, it’s BANNED BOOKS WEEK! This week I’m going to be basking in the glory of books that have been banned and challenged. I’m planning to, as my friend Shelli is fond of saying, “feed two birds with one scone” (because why would you want to kill the birds?) and chose banned books by authors… Read more »

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Banned Books Week 2013: And Tango Makes Three

Banned Books Week 2013: And Tango Makes Three

Greetings Bookworms! PENGUINS! You all already know that I am a card carrying penguin enthusiast. Actually, I don’t carry a card (though now I really want to MAKE CARDS) but I’m a huge ginormous penguin fan. In honor of Banned Books Week, I thought I could combine two of my obsessions in a review of And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. This book was released in 2005 and… Read more »

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Banned Books Week 2013: Top Ten Tuesday Goes Rogue!

Banned Books Week 2013: Top Ten Tuesday Goes Rogue!

Howdy Bookworms! Today is Tuesday and you know how much I love lists. I normally link up with the fantastic ladies at The Broke and the Bookish and participate in their weekly topics, but this week I’m going rogue. In honor of Banned Books Week, I’ve decided to forgo The Broke and Bookish topic this week (although they’re talking about sequels, so I encourage you to take a trip over… Read more »

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Banned Books Week 2013: Eleanor and Park?!?!

Banned Books Week 2013: Eleanor and Park?!?!

Hey Bookworms! It’s time to celebrate Banned Books Week. Every year the national book community sets aside a week to celebrate FREEDOM!!! (I hope you imagined me bellowing that a la William Wallace in Braveheart because that is how it sounds in my head.) There are few things that raise my hackles the way banning books does. Of all the crazy shiznit that goes down in The Handmaid’s Tale, what has always bothered me… Read more »

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Give Me More! Insatiable Fandom on Top Ten Tuesday

Give Me More! Insatiable Fandom on Top Ten Tuesday

How goes it, Bookworms? It’s Tuesday, so it’s time to get my list on. The lovely ladies of The Broke and The Bookish have a fabulous topic for us this week. What are the top ten stand alone books that you wish had sequels? Heaven knows I’ve got more than a few of these. Here goes! 1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I know, okay? I KNOW there are 7… Read more »

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Banned Books Week: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Banned Books Week: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Hello Bookworms! It’s Friday, and thus we have reached the end of Banned Books Week. We’re going out with a disaster scenario and talking about Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This book has been challenged countless times. According to the ALA website, these complaints typically take issue with this book’s excessive violence, bad language, and racial and sexual slurs. Seriously though. Have you heard pre-pubescent boys talk? It’s… Read more »

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