Reblogged – Banned Books Week – What, Who and Why?

Banned Books Week is coming to a close, and I know I’ve re-blogged y’all to death, but… well, its not over yet!

Another excellent post about Banned Books. Go read!

Source: Banned Books Week – What, Who and Why?

Reblogged: Banned Books Week Giveaway

Lookit what I found! Another Giveaway. This time for a banned book.

She’s a great blogger, and its a chance to get a free book, so click on the pic to go check it out!!

Source: Banned Books Week Giveaway

Reblogged: Truth Seeking in Banned Books

This is a very well-written article presented from someone with strong religious views. As I tend to think of ‘book banners’ hand in hand with ‘strong religious views’, I was very surprised (and happy!) to see this blog post today.

Go check it out! She gets you thinking, and asks the right questions!

(click the pic to be taken to the original post.)

Source: Truth Seeking in Banned Books

Reblogged: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

gave a great review of another frequently banned book – Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.

Do you remember reading Persepolis in school? I didn’t like it, but not for any ‘real’ reason. Mine was more simply a “I don’t like graphic novels” than any true distaste for the material.  Even so, not liking the book, the fact that idiots try to ban it just ticks me off!

(click on the pic to be taken to the original review.)

Source: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Reblogged: Ban This!

Fantastically well-written piece on banned books, reading too soon, and the importance of letting kids explore the literary world. Highly recommend you go check it out! (Just click on the pic below.)

Source: Ban This!

Top 5 Wednesday: Banned Books You’ve Read


It’s Banned Books Week, so this week’s topic is “banned books you’ve read”. I was happy to see this because I felt like it was one I could easily participate in!

1.) Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury – CHALLENGED/BANNED in 1987, 1992, 2006 because of…the dirty words. Because banning a book about banning books is pretty much the ultimate irony. Idiots.

2.) 1984 by George Orwell – Because banning a book about Big Brother watching everything you do, and making sure everything you read/watch/engage with is ‘approved’ is pretty much the one way to make even NON-paranoid people give you the stink-eye.

3.) The House of Night series by P.C. & Christine Cast:  CHALLENGED in 2014/2015 at a library in Texas (Shock! Horror! Surprise!) because of the vampire theme.  Uh, these books are vampire-lite. Don’t get me wrong, I like them well enough, but they’re school-aged vampires, for crying out loud!  Good god, if you’re going to ban a vampire book, ban Twilight (its the one that’s got the pedo-vamp in it!) Oh wait, nevermind, they tried that too!

4.) The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer: Challenged in 2014/2015 at the same location as number 4 on the list. Apparently the minister of that town really had something against vampires, or a secret fetish for them. I’m voting fetish.


5.) The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: Challenged in 2013 (but retained) at a school in Michigan because of the anatomical descriptions in the book. Holy shit, cause God forbid someone going through puberty read about someone going through puberty.

Y’know what…lets keep going…

6.) Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood  by Marjane Satrapi:  REMOVED in 2013, via a District Directive, from all Chicago, Il, public schools  due to “graphic illustrations and language” and concerns about “developmental preparedness” and “student readiness”. I bet the same people who pulled this complete and utter shit have no problem letting their kids play…hmmm, basically ANY action video game out there, and I can almost promise you those contain more graphic depictions. This is a black and white graphic novel, for Circe’s sake, about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. No, its not gonna be all sunshine and cheerios. Its, you know, important!

7.) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Challenged in 2012 by one parent and one student who saw Ender’s Game, as well as a couple other novels the teacher read excerpts from, as being “pornographic”. …..Pornographic? ENDER’S GAME? Its about adolescent kids being worked to the bone learning to fight aliens, FFS! How the heck do you get ‘pornographic’ anywhere in this novel?  I imagine the parent and student who read this probably would see my description of a pencil as “smooth, rigid hardness with a tip that begged to be used” as pornographic too.  Good god. People scare me.

8.) 50 Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James – REMOVED (but later returned) in Brevard County Libraries in Fl (2012) due its graphic sex scenes and… okay, we all know why this book was banned. Should it have been banned based on content? No. No one makes you read a book like this. Now, if you ask me whether I think it should be banned due to quality of writing, that’s a whole ‘nother story…                      

I… was going to keep going because I’ve read a lot of  banned books, but the more I write this article, the angrier I get.  Books should be the very last thing you try to ban. The. very. last. Tell you what, once you clean up the tripe on our airways, then we can start talking about books, but until that happens (and we all know it never will) BACK. OFF. THE. BOOKS!!


Top 5 Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey. If you want to join Top 5 Wednesday take a look at the Goodreads group!

Reblogged – A Book Review: 1984

1984, like Fahrenheit 451, is one of those books where, upon learning about it being banned, you end up tilting your head to one side and saying “Whaaaa??? Well, that’s just stupid.”

I chose to share this blogger’s review because, like myself, they were not a ‘fan’ of the book, and, like myself, they recognized it was still/ IS STILL very important.

Click on the pic to see the review.

Source: 1984

Reblogged: The Absolutely True Story of Banned Books by Aaron Burkhalter

Found this while browsing for material to share with you during this Banned Books Week.

In the article, Burkhalter discusses what books are banned most, and why they are banned.

One quote, in particular, from Chris Finan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, really hit home to me. It was

“There’s no question that minority authors tend to get hit more often because they are raising issues that people don’t want to deal with,”

Imagine that “raising issues that people don’t want to deal with”. As I stated before in a previous article, at one point Anne Frank was challenged/banned because it was “too depressing”. If that doesn’t perfectly illustrate the point, I don’t know what does.

Anyways, click here to be directed to the original article.

Banned Books Week: September 27 – October 3, 2015

As usual, someone else said it better than I did! Banned books week IS important, and you will hear it from probably every single book blogger on WordPress this week.

Click on the pic to get to the original post.

Source: Banned Books Week: September 27 – October 3, 2015

Reblogged: Why Banned Book Week (Sept 27-Oct 3) Should Matter To Us


When people do something as stupid as banning Little Red Riding Hood because of the depiction of a bottle of wine her basket… (yes, folks, that happened)… its important to understand why Banned Books Week is something we should all be aware of.

I am FIRMLY of the mind that

No Book Should Be Banned!!

Why not? Its simple. Music can force its way into our ears. We can’t shut off a TV if we’re at someone’s house and its playing something objectionable… but a book? A book does NOTHING unless you let it do something.

You have to pick up the book.

You have to read it.

Its your choice whether you read the book or not.

Click HERE for a decent article on why we should pay attention to Banned Books Week.

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