Thursday, September 2, 2010

Banned Books Reading Challenge 2010.

I am not one to sign up for a lot of challenges. I mean, my personal project is ENOUGH of a challenge some days, but the Banned Book Challenge is something very important to me. Steph, at Steph Su Reads, is hosting the challenge.

The goals of the challenge are simple:
  • To bring attention to books that have been challenged or banned
  • To support authors whose freedom of expression have been questioned or challenged by buying and reading their books
  • To increase awareness of censorship
And since some people don't realize that many, MANY classics have been challenged and banned in the past, I figured it was my duty to participate and read some of those banned and challenged books. I used this list from the ALA to reference my list and I encourage you to check their site for more information.

Between September 1 and October 15, I am planning on reading at least SIX novels from the following list (I am hoping for ten, but we'll see):
  1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  6. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  8. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  9. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  11. Native Son by Richard Wright
  12. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
I hope you plan on joining in!


  1. A SEPARATE PEACE is on the banned book list? Oy vey, they'll ban ANYTHING! I had to read that book in like 8th grade. What's the matter with it?
    Anyway, have fun in your challenge!

  2. Glad to see people getting involved. I've been doing Saturdays, Uncensored! on my blog for the past 6 or 7 weeks. It's an interesting and important cause.

  3. What a great idea for a challenge. I love it. Also, you've got to read The Awakening - one of my favorites :)

  4. They seriously ban everything. I don't get it.. but happy reading to you! :)

  5. I have to echo Amelia (A Separate Peace?? can't think of anything "ban-worthy" in it), and also Brenna (I enjoyed The Awakening too). Loved #8, but it's possible that may be due to the fact that I wasn't allowed to read it in high school (long story) so as soon as I got ahold of it in college I was determined to love the heck out of it.

  6. I'm doing the challenge too. Can't wait to see your reviews.

  7. A few of those are on my reading list for the next few months anyway so I might paricipate. Lolita is one of them which I am looking forward to reading and the Color purple.

    I did attemp to read Lady Chatterley's Lover once but it was so dull and boring that I gave up.

  8. So many of my most beloved books are on there!

    My 11yo son is in a banned-book club at the local library. It is amazing how much wholesome children's entertainment was banned. Harry Potter, yes--I knew that was banned by some--but _Harriet the Spy_ was a bit of a surprise. _A Wrinkle in Time_ and _A Bridge to Terabithia_ are two that meant a lot to me growing up. And Susan Cooper's wonderful _The Dark is Rising_. The list goes on and on.

    Of course, the situation is often that parents don't want a book read in a particular classroom. (Honestly, Lady Chat. probably should not be read by third graders, right?)

  9. Great challenge. Thanks for sharing! I signed up earlier today because I saw it on Google Reader through you. I'm glad to be involved. :-)

  10. 1,2,4,7,12 are all wonderful. Happy reading!

  11. I love this challenge, I just don't know that I'd be able to complete it. Good luck to you though!

  12. Lots of good books on this list! I would recommend The Awakening.

  13. Ooh, I love TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD! It is great!!