Banned Books week is taking place between September 23rd through September 29th. I am a huge advocate of reading Banned Books and fighting censorship. You can learn more about the history behind banned books and why reading banned or challenged books is so important on the ALA website. They also have tons of book recommendations, downloads, and lots more.
The Little Book Owl is hosting the Banned Book-A-Thon taking place Sept 23-29th.
This is my TBR for the readathon.
by Kurt Vonnegut
Banned because: No official reason has been given but there are themes of man’s madness, science, and religion.
While I didn’t love Slaughter House 5, I really enjoyed Vonnegut’s writing and I enjoy satire so I’m giving Vonnegut a second chance.
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Banned because of language (profanity and slurs)
I never had to read this in high school but I wanted to and just haven’t gotten around to it. I wasn’t able to participate in Banned Books week last year since I was in the middle of moving, I’ve been saving this since then, this book is one of my top priorities for this readathon.
by Joseph Heller
Banned because of language
This book is my top priority for the readathon and its one of my book goals of 2018. I’m expecting this to be a hell of a dense read, I plan on breaking this up over a couple of days. I’m very interested in the World War 2 setting, I have a feeling that this is going to be very different from any other WW2 book I’ve ever read.
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Banned because of excessive violence and language, and my favorite reason from Owen, NC High School (1981) because the book is “demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal.”
Again, I didn’t have to read this in school and I am interested in it, I haven’t read a novel by Golding before and now seems like a great time.
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Banned because of suicidal tendencies, profanity, and sexuality.
I added this because it’s a short book so its here for an option if I start lagging.
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Banned because of sexually explicit content, offensive language, and age inappropriateness.
This has been on my TBR for a long time now and I actually don’t know much about it.
I’m thinking about adding Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl to the TBR just to have another option but we’ll see.
Have you read any of these books? If you have where do you recommend I start?
Thank you for reading.