I am incredibly new to the wonderful world of book blogging which means I will be prone to making a lot of mistakes– like signing up for each and every reading challenge I run across for the next couple of weeks. However, the Banned Books Challenge hosted by Buckling Bookshelves is sure to be my least-regretted entry.
I have always been drawn to reading banned books because, hey, it’s just like being a badass rebel without leaving the warmth of your bed. Also, if you tell me I can’t do something, the odds of me doing it anyway reaches a level Over 9,000!
As a self-proclaimed book lover, I don’t understand the banning of books from the shelves. The way I see it, this process is only a way to silence those who truly have a story to tell. Therefore, any and all awareness that can be made for these mistreated books is a win in my book!
Here is some information on the challenge itself from the host blog:
DATES: January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016
RULES: Any book that has been banned or challenged counts. Books can be any format, any length, and can overlap with other challenges. Graphic novels, children’s books, picture books are all fine — any book that has been banned or challenged works for this challenge.
LEVELS: Below are the levels you can choose from. Changing your mind is OK — you can go up or down in level at any time. I said low-pressure, remember? I’m not the book police, I promise.
Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books
Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books
Rabble-Rouser: 6-9 Challenged Books
Rebel: 10-14 Challenged Books
Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books
I will be shooting for the Leader of a Revolution level, and I’ll be keeping a running list here for anyone who would like to see what I plan to get up to this year (caution: list is subject to change with any unforeseeable interests that may arise):
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
- The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post Emily M. Danforth
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
- Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman