Banned Book Week

I’m rather fond of banned books.  I’ve always been a little contrary and if someone told me I shouldn’t do something, it only increased my interest in potentially doing whatever it was that was forbidden.

Huffington Post had a great infographic on the hows and whys of banned books.  The ALA has some great information at their site as well.  Both are worth spending some time on.

The best web information I found this year was the BuzzFeed quiz “How Scandalous is Your Reading?

I scored a 42 out of 93.  How about you?

Personally, I was pretty shocked at some of the books on that quiz.  Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic.  Really?  James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.  I don’t understand.

The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton.  Sure.  And it’s my favorite book to hand to the reluctant 7th or 8th grade reader.  It’s worked every time.

What’s your favorite banned book?  How did you score on the quiz?



2 thoughts on “Banned Book Week

  1. Bethany K. Warner says:

    My reading, according to that quiz, is not very scandalous. On the other hand, they didn’t ask about John Green books (of which I’ve read several) or Fifty Shades (of which I read part to see what the fuss was about) or Hunger Games, all of which have been challenged lately.

    • It was a fun quiz and I think they were trying to show the types of books, but it differently wasn’t representative of recent bans.

      I read a few of them, like Lolita, just to see what the fuss was about. Others I read as a kid even before I understood that some people didn’t want kids to read books like Roll of Thunder hear my cry.

      There is such a reading deficit that it seems terrible that people go out of their way to prevent people from reading.

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