Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Banned Books Challenge

So I decided to do this banned book challenge so I need to make a list of what I am going to read. I few years ago I decided to read my way through the ALA banned and/or challenged book list so I have read quite a few in the list but I am sure I can some up with some to read now.

Details on the challenge. Between September 1 and October 15 Steph Su (of Steph Su Reads) will be hosting a Banned Books Reading Challenge. The goal of the challenge is for participants to pledge to read a self-determined number of banned or challenged books for the months of September and October. 

As I read them I will post a little about why the book was banned or challenged and then a review. I will also probably post a bit about some on the list I have already read. 

The Anastasia books by Lois Lowry are challenged and the last time i was reading through banned books I read the whole series. They were cute, funny and very witty books. All the books in there series were challenged but Anastasia Again! was actually banned. The book was written in 1981 and was banned due to a reference to beer (she actually sucks the foam off her dad's beer), playboy magazines and Anastasia making light of wanting to kill herself according to the parent that wanted it banned. It one sentence that most kids probably did not even recall. The Giver was also banned because it dealt with a Utopian society that used euthanasia and suicide to maintain the society. It was a beautifully written book and I think should be a must read for everyone. I sometimes wonder if the people wanting books banned really read the whole book or if they see something and start banning. Things are taken out of context or they just do not bother to figure it out. 

Anyway on to the challenge.  

I will challenge myself to read six. Seems like a good number. In no particular order and I may add more as I go along.

1. Taming the Star Runner, by S.E. Hinton (I Love her books and I have not read this one)

2.“The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Alexie Sherman (my husband has been begging me to read this)

4.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier By Alan Moore (Banned just up the street)

5. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler 

6. Marked By Kristin and PC Cast (cause I have it here) 


  1. I can't believe that the Anastasia books were banned. The Giver I can understand, since no one likes having ideas of morality challenged. But the Anastasia books seemed so innocent to me. I don't remember any of the things you pointed out. I, like most kids, just let those things go over my head.
    Alison Can Read

  2. Excellent list! I have had my eye on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and The Perks of Being a Wallflower for Years.