Kick Off To Our Banned Book Week Celebration!


This week (yes, a week early 😀 )  myself and some fab book bloggers/ reviewers are going to write post and talk about Banned Books.  I hope you will peek over here each morning where I will link the posts to banned books.  Some of these posts throughout this week will be offering giveaways, and I will be offering the Banned Book Mug to one lucky commenter here throughout the week (each comment here this week will give you another entry) and another Banned Book Mug to one one of the participants who writes a post (not too late to sign up).

Here is what the mug looks like…. feel free to “ooooh and ahhhhhhh”

3Today’s hot topics come from:

Matthew at The Absurb Word Nerd wrote a post called Getting The Banned Back Together.  

I read Matthews post this morning and it is brilliant.  Awesome really.  It should be banned because I probably like it too much and probably smiled and nodded too much therefore causing me to spend too much time on it. 😛  But read it.  Really it is brilliant!


There is supposed to be a second post up but I do not see it posted yet so I will link it later if it is posted.  😀


This afternoon, I will be opening up a book that is not banned, but is about banning and censorship:



Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet


I heard about this book two years ago while in New York for BEA and found two copies of it last year at a book sale where I promptly snatched them both up.  I have not read it yet, but think the idea behind it is brilliant. 


What are you reading this week in preparation for banned book week OR what have you read that surprises you that is on the banned book list?


23 Comments on “Kick Off To Our Banned Book Week Celebration!

  1. Yesterday I read my selection for the week: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I hadn’t intended to read it, but saw it on the list…and thought “why not?”

    At first it took awhile to connect with it, but then I couldn’t put it down. Really enjoyed it, which surprised me. My review will be up next Saturday. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Oh no, it’s here already and I haven’t read my banned book yet. Last spring the Jr. High School Board in my school district banned Perks of Being a Wallflower because two parents complained. It wasn’t even required reading, only on the optional list, but it was getting kicked out of the library too. So I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I probably won’t get it read until next week… we’ll see. (Happy ending – enough people were outraged and the decision was reversed. The book has returned to its place in the library).

  3. Are these books that junior high school and high school libraries don’t carry? That’s why they’re called “banned”? That’s not exactly banned. It’s saying, if you want to read this, get it from someplace else. I read GONE WITH THE WIND, 1984, ALL THE KING’S MEN, and A SEPERATE PEACE when I was 14, 15, and 16. 1984 was a school requirement. The others were books my parents had in their bookcase at home. I like to think I was an exceptional teenager. 🙂

    • They are banned for many reasons, not only schools but in towns, etc… its actually interesting to read on line why a book is banned and when and where – and banned in one area does not necessarily mean banned in another; just that someone somewhere or a group of people went after a book to the point it was removed from shelves.
      Love the books you read – great reads, and mostly banned 😀

  4. I was so surprised at some of the books on the list! I knew of some of them, but not why they were banned. I think the last banned book I read was by Judy Blume (aren’t all of her’s banned?) I don’t get the big deal. Parents just need to talk to their kids and there won’t be a problem. At least that is my opinion!
    Can’t wait for what is to come this week!

    • That’s what I love about banned book week! It creates awareness. I used to think banned books must be these dirty filthy books unfit for eyeballs… then I seen what books they were and I was shocked. They are classics, they are children’s stories that we love, they are books that have changed lives like SPEAK.

  5. I think Kaydi read Ella Minnow Pea but I don’t remember what she thought of it. I would think the book would be really hard to read by the end!

  6. I haven’t read any banned books recently but I did read an interview with Ellen Hopkins in the Wall Street Journal. Her books are often banned b/c they cover difficult topics in a realistic non-sugar-coated way. I own several of her books and there are many others on my wish list.

    Btw, LOVE the mug.

  7. I wrote my post so soon because I’ve got other posts due this week, I didn’t realize I’d be the first link! That’s Awesome!
    As for Banned Books I’ve read, I cover a few in the post, but one that I actually LIKE is Captain Underpants (the series). I am not sure why it gets banned, maybe the Captain’s nipples offended some people, but if you’re around 12 years old, that book is awesome.
    For its young audience, it introduces parody, and plays it fast and loose with the idea of literature itself. Sometimes the story stops for a moment, so we can read a “book within a book” in the form of a comic drawn by the main characters (which is often relevant to the story).Sometimes it plays with the medium to great effect.
    I remember vividly that in one of the stories, things got so bad that they punched a whole through one of the pages. I think that it challenges what a book can be, and it’s that kind of tone that I wish I could see more of in books.
    It’s almost a shame that the book is so childish . . . how come kids get all the best books?

  8. Thanks for hosting this link up again this year! It’s a great way to bring some (positive) attention to books and to spark conversation. And after all, that’s what a really good book will do, right? Writing my review now…

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