Friday, August 31, 2012

Read A Banned Book Reading Challenge!

As I already mentioned in my blog post two days ago, Banned Books Week is happening next month from September 30th through October 6th. 

What better way to celebrate Banned Books Week than by organizing a Banned Book Reading Challenge? My goal is to encourage readers to read one banned book during Banned Books Week. If you have time to read more than one banned book during Banned Books Week, then by all means go for it!

Wikipedia has published a List of most commonly challenged books in the United States, which is a good starting point to search for a book to read for Banned Books Week. Also check out the American Library Association website for a list of banned and challenged books.

During Banned Books Week, I will be reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

From the Wikipedia website, comes the following quote about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian "The novel is controversial for some of its content on issues such as alcohol, poverty, bullying, references to masturbation and physical arousal, as well as for the tragic deaths of characters and the use of profanity. As a result, some schools have banned the book from school libraries or inclusion in curricula."

According to the Banned Books Week website, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie was one of the ten most challenged book titles of 2011.

Join me in reading a challenged or banned book during Banned Books Week!! Which book will you read during Banned Book Week? Post your book selection below. I'm curious to see which book you'll read during Banned Books Week!

I'll make another post during Banned Books Week, where you can share your thoughts about the banned book you read! I'll be sharing my thoughts about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian as well. 

Until my next post, happy reading! 

1 comment:

  1. Ironically, I was watching 'Family Ties' and they showed an episode where Jennifer comes home with a list of books her school won't let her class review; and most of them are classic novels much to her disgust. And she wanted to write a review on 'Huckleberry Finn'.
    So, with her parents and family standing by her, she does. On the day of the book reviews being read out, her classmates - unfortunately - have to do reviews on children's books about Yogi Bear and other such character - and when she stood up, she did hers on the book she chose: a book that had been banned from the class' reading list by the school.
    This causes her to get suspended by the Principal; even though her English teacher agrees with Jennifer that taking the book she wants to review off the list and banning it is unfair and not a good move by the Education Department or the school.
    They had part one on yesterday and part two plays today... yeah, they're re-runs. But it's always great to see them, eh?