This post is a twofer, my continued exploits with banned books and the final Row80 update.
Banned Book Week
This week has led to wonderful dinner time conversation with the family. My sweet hubby hasn’t agreed with all of it, he’s much more conservative than I am 🙂 Be thankful you don’t have to listen to the ranting around the news. Anyway, my kids have been really interested in Banned Book Week and why books would be banned. They understand that some books are inappropriate and they aren’t allowed to read them, and that some books are for older, more mature readers. Those they will be able to read in time. So, I went through the list of banned books I knew was currently in their bookcase and explained why they were banned. The look of utter confusion was priceless. From school they have learned not everyone likes Harry Potter and some of their friends are not allowed to read it because of the magic/wizards in the book. But some of the reasons books are banned are stupid. Yes, I used the S-word. Excerpts taken from Frequently Challenged Website click link for more.
Here are a few: (these are not on their bookshelf, but mine!)
- The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence WHAT! They didn’t read the same book I read!
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism Context is an important element to reading!
- Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
Reason: drugs I read this in high school…and never did drugs. Probably because I read that book!
Here’s a few from BuzzFeed: Excerpts taken from BuzzFeed, click on site for more. (These are on the lids shelf)
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Everyone’s favorite childhood book was banned from a public library in Colorado because it was considered “sexist.” It was also challenged by several schools because it “criminalized the foresting agency.” Here’s your sign…
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Talking animals are somehow considered an “insult to god,” resulting in this book’s banning throughout random parts of the United States. Several institutions in Turkey and the UK have also banned the book, claiming that the character of Piglet is offensive to Muslims. Other institutions claim that the book revolves around Nazism. I find this reason offensive and stupid.
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The book was primarily banned in most southern states immediately following its publication, and it has since been challenged due to the fact that it promotes “witchcraft and supernatural events.” Hold on, let me go put on my wolf footed PJs.
You get the idea. Yesterday, I took my oldest tween to the library. She wanted a banned book. We looked around the children’s section, nothing interested her. She is trying to grow up on me. We walked across the hall to the YA section, otherwise known as the forbidden book zone. SO….using our values and her age and maturity level as a guide we agreed on The Giver. I have never read it, but plan on it. This is her first venture into dystopian literature, and honestly- I don’t think she will like it. On the way out, I saw a copy of Pride and Prejudice. I pointed it out and she jumped at the chance. Why? Because it was in the forbidden book zone. So that’s our daily dose of Banned Book Week.
I actually posted my last update on Sunday. I do have a new update.
Reading: I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars. I hope his agent convinced him to buy stock in Kleenex before he published this book. I cried like a baby. It was outside of what I normally read. YA romance. It was sad, but it was a happy sad! I loved it. It is the exact opposite of the other book I am reading, The Book Thief. It is depressingly, sad. It’s also taking forever to read.
Revisions: I sat down and edited the first 25 pages of Dead in the Water. I didn’t make it to the first 100 pages, but it’s a start. To be honest it is going much faster than I thought it would.
So there you go. I will be back for the next round of Row80. How are your goals going?