How is everyone? I am doing rather well here, had a great day yesterday, mowed the lawn for what I think is probably the final time for the year and received my Pottermore link to get in.
Yup – that’s right… last night I finally experienced a little bit of Pottermore which has been interesting and fun… I stayed up too late exploring within in and cant wait to get to the sorting hat… that’s all I am saying on that today. 😛
It is Banned Books Week.
I wanted to chat my thoughts on banned books this morning and then link you to the clue for the day as well as a few other great posts on banned books.
Go with me on this… imagine if your favorite book in the world, the one you recommend to everyone to read…
was suddenly being challenged or banned and threatened to be taken out of the schools, stores, library, etc….
what if someone, somewhere, somehow, thought there was a word in the book that was too harsh, too real, too strong, or a character who did not fit in as their idea of what a good clean appropriate character should be…. what if …
in that favorite book of yours an animal talked and some group of people decided that animals should not talk in books, it was confusing and blasphemous and just can not be, what if in an older classic style read a word is used that is not accepted in todays culture and therefore surely we must pretend the word never did… we must… we must cover up our history….
I am saying this today because before last year I thought a banned book must be something disgusting, filthy, unfit for reading… and then on closer observations, I seen they were books I loved like all the Harry Potter Books, many (MANY) of the classics… books we grew up on as kids…
and that is why I am so passionate about banned books. Take a look at the list of top 100 books and I think you may be surprised.
And – it is not just “an older” book thing, as Sheree will show you today from The Eclectic Reader….
Your banned book review today with your clue #5 is:
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, pop over to Sheree’s and see her beautiful blog – and a great message about the book and the clue for today.
Missed a clue? Need to know what I am talking about? I have a prize package going on right now to celebrate banned books week. Check it out here.
And please see these other banned book related posts from book bloggers around the world. A comment on these posts (as well as the ones I have posted each morning since this past Saturday will get you a bonus entry into the giveaway)
Katie at Curse of The Bibliophile shares her Thoughts On Banned Books
Pammy Pam at an Unconventional Library reviews The Diary Of Anne Frank
Danielle at Mercurial Musings reviews Of Mice And Men
Angie at By Book Or By Crook reviews LUSH by Natasha Friend
Gina at Books Dragon’s Lair shares: Unsuitable For Age Group – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Christa at Christa’s Hooked On Books shares her thoughts on banned books such as The Lord Of The Rings
Joy from Joystory reviews The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
I love that so many of us have jumped on the banned wagon, and there is so much more than this out there on the web this week. Take some time and check out these wonderful posts and learn a little more about censorship.
Have a lovely day – it is gorgeous here in Minnesota. I may go rollerblading or biking this afternoon. But honestly… will probably be dabbling in Pottermore this morning. 😉