Category Archives: Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week starts tomorrow.
Anyone who knows me would never tell me not to read a book. That person would get the full force of my lady rage. And it’s a rage that burns fire!
Seriously, folks, if a book bothers you, don’t allow it in your home! Although, if you have children, telling them not to read something makes them only want to read it more! Reading a banned book opens the reader up to new ideas, concepts, and words. You don’t have to agree with the opinions expressed, but as a college prof once told our class, “knowing things is good.”
Expand your mind. Read a banned book.
Does the concept of reading a banned book offend you?
How about helping me celebrate the freedom to read?
I will not get a chance to post this next week, so here’s my 2 cents:
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot read.
Censorship is NOT okay in a free society.
If a book offends you, don’t read the damn thing.
But please, don’t tell me what I can and cannot read, because is it none of your dang business. I will read what I like, when I like.
And personally, I feel that if you are going to restrict what your children read, then you’ve never spent any time in a schoolyard, playground, or other areas where children congregate.
When I was a child, if my parents told me I could not do something it automatically became the one thing I MUST do.
But again, that’s my two cents.
Celebrate Banned Books Week, by reading (or rereading) a book on the Banned books list.
I’ve decided to finally read “Fifty Shades of Grey” this week and next.
Because that’s my right!
Please take a moment to read 50 Banned Books that everyone should read.
Well, I missed blogging about Banned Books week, September 24 to October 1, thanks to feeling like dog poop all week.
But things are looking up–the decongestant is working, thank goodness, so I just want to say one thing: Don’t let anyone ever tell you what you can or cannot read.
It’s your right to read the words that writers share.
Why be afraid of words, of stories, the retelling of what’s already happened?
If a book offends you, don’t read it. Don’t let your minor children read it, and sit around over tea and crumpets telling all your friends how frightfully shocking the Harry Potter (or Catcher in the Rye, Forever, or The Golden Compass) books are, how they are corrupting our society, etc.
But please don’t try to restrict my access to these books.
I’ve seen, experienced, and heard about, far more shocking things in everyday life from working and living in this world for sixty-two years.
And I’m a free woman, able to come and go as I please, and read whatever blows my hair back.
Deal with it.
And now I’m going to read some Harry Potter, in honor of Banned Books Week.
Look, what’s wrong with trying out new points of view once in a while?
Writers take a lot of time crafting their stories, fact or fiction.
You don’t have to agree, in fact you are free to slam any book down and declare it to be a load of rubbish.
But it’s our right to choose what we read, when we read, how we read (in the bathtub, on the beach, in bed, while eating a meal, standing on a commuter bus).
Reading is a freedom.
Don’t let anyone what you take your freedom away.
Read a banned book.
Or any book, for that matter!
I’ve been dealing with illness, sadness, depression and anxiety all day.
Not mine, thank goodness.
I’m ready to read, but which book do I choose?
I should read Macbeth, and then I will truly understand a wonderful work of literature.
But I’m choosing the new J.D. Robb book, Salvation in Death, because it’s pure fun!
Hokey smoke, Batman.
It’s banned books week.
Book banning is the #1 topic that makes me madder than hell.
I believe that people who want to ban books ‘need to stick it where the sun don’t shine.’
When you tell ME what to read, you invade my personal freedoms.
Right now, I could go on forever, hurling insults towards those who would ban the printed word.
But I will stop.
And now, from the ALA website:
The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007″
1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
2) The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence
3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language
4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint
5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,
7) “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
8) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit
9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit
10) “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group