Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week runs from September 26th to October 3rd. No one has ever mentioned to me that any books by my clients have been banned….

According to the ALA site, over the past eight years, American libraries were faced with 3,736 challenges.

  • 1,225 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material;
  • 1,008 challenges due to “offensive language”;
  • 720 challenges due to material deemed “unsuited to age group”;
  • 458 challenges due to “violence”
  • 269 challenges due to “homosexuality”;

You can see the top 10 books challenged in 2008 here.

You’ve probably read a book on the banned list. Yes, you. There are a number of classics like Charlotte’s Web and Winnie the Pooh, as well as adult genre books like Invisible Man or Lord of the Rings. And there’s also some very popular contemporary ones, like the Harry Potter series.

Which ones will you admit to reading?

Are there any books on the banned list that you plan to read? Will you read them this week in response to banned book week?

Are there any books on the list that you would never read, and if so, why not?

Do you think there are books that aren’t appropriate for children to be reading?

Do you think parents should have the right to decide what’s appropriate for their children to read?

Do you think they should have the right to object when it will have an effect on other people’s children?

Shades of Fahrenheit 451, or more recently Equilibrium… if you were going to save just one book from a mass burning of them all, which one would it be?

39 responses to “Banned Book Week

  1. Interesting – and seeing “The Chocolate War” on that list for nearly the full 8 years really has me curious about the book…

  2. My mother will attest to how completely useless it was to try and censor what I read as a child. She made a few attempts between ages 10-13, but I would generally stare at her and read the book anyway, then outline an argument about why she was wrong. I never did that for television or movies as a kid, but it offended my young sensibilities. If I could understand a book, I should be able to read it.
    I read “Gone with the Wind” when I was eleven and fell in love. I don’t think a real “age group” exists because every child has a different life experience and comprehension of the world. Some ten year olds can’t bear to read “Scary Stories” for example; they were one of my favorites. (And one my mother actually didn’t object to.)
    Also, it’s downright stupid to say things like “Gossip Girl” are age inappropriate. Newsflash: teenagers are having sex. Teenagers have been having sex since the beginning of time. They will continue to do so. A book is not going to make them decide to go do it, and they want to read about other teenagers whose lives can comment on their own. All readers want to connect with a book. Why should teens be any different?
    (The good thing about children and books: often, if it’s “inappropriate” to the parent, the child isn’t going to get it anyway, much like the humor on old shows like “Ren and Stimpy.” They won’t read a book they don’t understand. It’ll get put on the shelf til they’re older and can grasp it.)

    • And to add: I don’t even think “homosexuality” should be an applicable reason to want to ban a book. I know that America houses a lot of frankly insane bigots, but it boggles the mind that there are actually people in the world who would ban a book because there are two boys or two girls making love in it. Gay teens, especially, deserve to have more books that they can relate to.

  3. Do you think there are books that aren’t appropriate for children to be reading?
    I think that depends on how you define “children.” There are books I wouldn’t hand to a ten-year-old that I would hand to a fifteen-year-old.
    I think parents have a right to decide, but, that it’s something to be used sparingly. If I don’t like a book that’s in a school curriculum, I’m more likely to reread it & talk to my child about it. Hiding it from them simply makes it a kind of forbidden temptation. On the flip side, if my nine-year-old grabs “Gerald’s Game” off the shelf, I’m likely going to say “Not now, when you’re older.”
    I don’t know how I’d pick a single book to save from the fire. From a historical point of view, the Bible, Dhammapada, or other religious-historical text would be a good choice. From a personal point of view, there are a number of works that have been formative to me that I’d want to save. (Fahrenheit 451 would be one of them.) If push came to shove though, I might default to Hamlet, as my favorite of Shakespeare’s work.

  4. From the 2008 top ten list, I think the only one I’ve read is His Dark Materials trilogy, and even from that only The Golden Compass. From the classics list I found on the same site, I’ve read a lot more. I’ve never skipped a book because it appeared on one of those lists though, and I find the concept of book banning itself to be offensive.
    If I was going to save just one book….wow….that’s a hard one. Incredibly hard. I guess if we were in a situation where books were being burned, I might go with Guerrilla Warfare by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara,

  5. I assume Winnie the Pooh was banned because of the obvious homoerotic subtext in the relationship between the bear and Christopher Robin.
    I would save the Iliad, but that’s just the lover of dead white men in me talking.

  6. As a parent, I do believe I have the right to censor what media my boys are exposed to. When they were younger, I monitored them more than I do now. At 16 & 13 I feel they are mature enough to make more of their own decisions based on their tastes and interests. The only book I banned was one in the Captain Underpants series, because I thought the children spoke very disrespectfully to and about the adults and my oldest was a real copy-cat back then.
    I haven’t read anything on the 2008 list, but 2007 had some gems- HUCK FINN, THE COLOR PURPLE and THE CHOCOLATE WAR. I’ve read many a banned book. I never want to see the library censored in terms of books, but I don’t mind porn filters on the computers, which is another topic entirely.
    Difficult or different topics challenge us, and that’s the purpose of art- to force us to ask ourselves what we believe in and why.

  7. I sense a “Which banned books have you read?” meme in the future.
    I’ve head the His Dark Materials trilogy. Hadn’t heard of the rest.

  8. I don’t even read the lists, simply because someone else will not dictate what I will or won’t read. It’s ridiculous to ban books—period. Especially since a great number of people in the world cannot read.
    As for children, I think it’s up to the parents. It’s not someone else’s job to tell a parent what their child can or cannot read.
    My little cousin reads well above her grade level. When she was 8, I caught her reading my copy of Stephen King’s CELL. I told her that she had to wait until she was older to read that. I told her mom too, who was just floored. I laughed about it, but she will not get to see it until she’s a teenager. 😀
    ~Tyhitia
    http://obfuscationofreality.blogspot.com/

  9. Oddly enough, my parents never censored my reading. They never had a problem with anything I ever read, even when I was reading adult books as a child. The only time they censored me was in regards to a cartoon show that used poor language skills. *That* I was not allowed to watch.
    An odd reason for censorship, but I completely understand it as an adult.
    What’s on the list that I’ve read? I’ve started reading “His Dark Materials,” but have been so busy I haven’t been able to finish it yet. As far as saving a book from burning, we live in a digital age. I’d scan the books and save them on a flash drive. Don’t take this to mean I condone piracy. The scenario given is an extreme situation, so I’d react with extreme measures. That’s the only reason I responded with this answer.
    Since we aren’t burning books today, though, I’ll just purchase what books I want and annex yet another room in my house for my personal library. @=)

  10. There are no books I wouldn’t admit to reading. I might elide a few things (“Yes, Mom, I’ve read some erotica”), but in a general discussion of books, I have no problem saying what I read. Any discussion with a close-minded jackhole is going to go downhill long before we get to a discussion of what books I read.
    There are books on the list I keep meaning to read. Not because they’ve been banned, but because they’re books I expect to like. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Kite Runner are books I keep meaning to get to.
    I’m sure there are books on the list I would never read, but not because of their prurient content. I don’t expect most of the teen fiction would appeal to me, but that’s entirely an age/interest thing.
    I think if a child is capable of picking up a book and understanding it, then the book is appropriate for that child. I recall reading the first Dragonriders of Pern novel when I was about 12, and completely missing just what happened during a mating flight. (Oddly, in that same year, my friends and I discovered in our school library a romance novel with explicit sex scenes. I understood that a lot more. Anne McCaffery was being too coy, I guess!)
    I think parents should have the right to decide what’s appropriate for the children. Alas, people have the right to be stupid and small-minded.
    However, they got nothing to say about what other people’s children read. That’s how the social contract works. You don’t want me poking into your life? Then stay the hell out of mine.
    Save one book…wow, that’s hard. I’m leaning towards Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, because it’s a darned useful book for opening up a conversation all girls need to have at some point. There’s a pretty strong correlation between people who want to ban books for sexual content, and people who think women are chattel.

  11. If anything, something being on a banned list makes me want to read it even more. I guess I’m still 15 like that.
    Although Gossip Girl, ewww. I would never give that to a kid, but I also wouldn’t try to ban it or something ridiculous like that.

  12. Freedom of speech and expression are principles that seek to encourage people to talk to and understand one another.
    The only kind of speech I think should be banned is that which encourages people to stop talking and start hurting, i.e. hate speech.

  13. Judy Blume, Paul Zindel, Madeline L’engle… I think all of my childhood reading was banned at one place or another.
    The one book makes an interesting thought experiment. My answer? Save none. Save paper, save printing technology, start over.

  14. I’d be surprised if anyone who follows Ms. Jackson’s blog would be for banning books. I know I’m against it. I would, however, be the first in line to burn a few; having to read and write reports on Little Women and Pride and Prejudice back in middle school can turn any young man sour.
    To reiterate the general opinions already stated, I’m against banning, but there’s certainly many books that require a level of maturity and shouldn’t be offered too soon to kids. I feel this should be monitored on the family level.
    If I had to save books it would probably be Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Sachar or Maniac Magee by Spinelli, in that order. Wayside school may have had more influence on my personality development than any other book. I don’t know that anyone has tried to actively ban it, but I’d fight to protect it.

  15. Book ban
    Aside from the fact everyone will jump on the policitcally correct ‘I’d never want a book bannned’ bandwagon, because no one wants to be seen as a ‘against free speech.’ But the fact is every day we censure and correct our children – which is right and proper parental guidance. Parents are meant to shape and guide their children – it’s their job. Boundaries, yes even in reading, televsion, & discussion are what make us civilized and polite. It doesn’t hurt to be exposed to new ideas, but as another poster mentioned, it comes down to maturity and ones ability to digest the material.
    Parents should have the right of refusual and that right of refusal should extend into their school district based on democratic procedures of the school board.
    My favorite whipping boy in the banned book genre is “Catcher in the Rye.” I didn’t read it in high school and when I read it as an adult, I found it to be the most ridiculous book I’d ever read. Yet is continually lauded as enlighted and a ‘must read’ for high schoolers as well as numerous top ten lists. It eludes me…and I read about 300 books a year. I’ve alot to compare to it. I guess thats the book I’d throw in my banned book pile and not regret it for a minute.

  16. My parents never censored anything my brothers and I read. They were just happy whenever my brothers read anything, and I was such a voracious reader that they couldn’t hope to keep up with what I was reading. Plus I was goody two shoes as a kid and would have been far more likely to want to censor my own reading than for my parents to want to censor it. ^_^
    I do think parents have a right to watch or censor what their kids are exposed to, but no right to do so in a way that will prevent other children from having access to the same materials.
    And as for one book I’d save if I could only save one… Well, it would have to be a Terry Pratchett novel because not only does he have great plots, characters, humor, and writing, every time I put read one of his books, I feel like I have a better understanding of humanity. And it would have to be Night Watch; can’t imagine a more edifying work if I had to feel like one sane spec in a world so mad it was burning books.

  17. Heh, The Thief would totally be my second choice of books to save. Yay MWT love!

  18. Well, Edward Bear clearly needs to be banned. Not only does he have questionable motives in his relationship with Christopher Robin, but he also seems to hang around with far too many other males, and there’s clearly some dark meaning hidden in that picture where he’s stuck in the hole and his legs are being used as a handy towel bar. Good Grief, people. Wake up and smell the perversion this author is peddling to your children.
    Certainly you can’t allow them to mingle with creatures like that…or the Lorax, or even the Grinch. Stealing Christmas? My God, it’s an open assault on the base tenets of the Christian religion.
    It’s about time these so-called authors are called to account. In Dante (a good author to whom more kids should be exposed) there are clear descriptions about what happens to people who spew forth filth like this. I say post the chart from Inferno on the nursery wall so kids can see where their destiny lies if they can’t remain pure.
    C

  19. Ban the Book Banners!
    From a librarian’s POV:
    Librarians don’t just pick out books at random. We have selection and collection development policies reflecting the needs of patrons and our communities.
    We fill the shelves with well reviewed books. Books about all kinds of things. Books which represent a whole spectrum beliefs and tastes.
    And when a parent/preacher/principal/pinhead(?) calls for a wonderful, worthwhile book to be pulled off the shelf, we whip out our trusty challenged materials form.
    “Yes, Ms. Pinhead, I understand your upset,” we say. “Did you read the entire book?”
    Ms. Pinhead shakes her head. “No, but…”
    “If you would like to pursue this, you must read the entire book, and fill out this six page Challenged Materials form. The form will be considered by a committee.”
    “But, I don’t want my precious Pinhead, Jr. to read that book!”
    “Then I suggest you talk to Pinhead about what to check out and what to leave in the library.”
    “But…” Ms. Pinhead’s head spins around. “What about the OTHER children?”
    “Well,” we say. “What other children read is the business of other parents.”
    Then I whip out my copy of the Bill of Rights and ninja kick Ms. Pinhead to the floor.
    If only…

  20. I set out to read all the banned books when I was in high school (yes, even my adolescent rebellion was geeky), and got a list from somewhere. Since I was reading them all anyway I just started with the first one, and they were in alphabetical order. It was 120 Days of Sodom, by the Marquis de Sade. Found it over at the university library and… well, I never bothered picking up book two on the list. Found out that banned does not equal good, or interesting, or anything but banned.
    I don’t read books just because they’re banned anymore (learned my lesson there), but I also think banning them is ridiculous. And I think if a kid wanted to read a book “unsuited to their age group”, hand them a dictionary for the hard words and let them do it. Just be sure and have a mature, rational discussion if the book deals with issues or ideas they don’t have a frame of reference for yet (come to think of it, I know a lot of adults who could benefit from this treatment as well). Because that’s all this is, people so afraid of an idea that they want to make sure no one can find it in the library, or talk about it.
    Otherwise, to actually answer the questions as opposed to rambling… I read the first two books of the Dark Material’s Trilogy, I didn’t care enough to read the third. Maybe the next time I have a long flight I’ll finish the series. I wouldn’t object to the others, but they don’t look like anything I’d really want to read, and I’m not planning to just because they’re banned. As for parents, your kids can learn about this stuff in the high school parking lot when they think you don’t know anything, or in the junior high library when you can still talk to them about it and they respect your opinions a little. Take your pick, I don’t really care about your kids anyway, but don’t try to shut down the discussion for everyone else by banning a book. You don’t get to do that.
    The one book I’d save would be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (with Through the Looking Glass included, if possible). Though I thought about 120 Days of Sodom, just because I’d always have a book around I hadn’t finished yet.

  21. The Kite Runner is one of my favorite books. I love it so much.

  22. Parents
    We have to give parents the right to decide what their children will read (or they will take it anyway, parents vote for the school board) but it should be exercised in a way that doesn’t effect other children. A mother may demand her children don’t read Harry Potter, but that means her children go to the library, not that the whole class can’t discuss that book.

  23. When all this debate about burning Harry Potter books came up in the U.S. a few years ago, I was shocked and baffled. Satanism? Harry Potter? I thought it was about a couple of friends sticking together.
    > Do you think there are books that aren’t appropriate for children to be reading?
    Porn. Horror. Child abuse or child murder. (I was around 12 when I came across a book in my father’s library: The history of torture. For a long time afterwards I wished that I hadn’t.)
    > Do you think parents should have the right to decide what’s appropriate for their children to read?
    Up to a certain age, say 10-12 years, yes. It would be nicer if they were encouraging children to read good books rather than forbidding them to read what they themselves think are bad books. Anyway, there comes a point when you have to let the children decide for themselves. Trust would also be nice. And parents will just have to accept the fact that their children are influenced by lots of other people. (My dad used to complain a lot about the teachers’ influence on us!)
    > Do you think they should have the right to object when it will have an effect on other people’s children?
    No.
    > Shades of Fahrenheit 451, or more recently Equilibrium… if you were going to save just one book from a mass burning of them all, which one would it be?
    My first thought was: Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” — just to remind people that book burning is a really bad idea. (And usually followed by incarcerating and eventually killing the authors.)
    My second thought was: What I personally need to survive are the Harry Potter complete audio books (read by Stephen Fry). Because when I have my all-day migraine, this is all I can do: sit on my comfy chair (from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.), windows shuttered, eyes closed, forcing bananas or dry toast down my throat, and listening to Harry Potter — the only thing that can distract my thoughts from wishing for 15 hours straight that I were dead.
    Does Harry Potter have an evil influence on me? You bet. I used to have an American accent (close enough), but now I have a British accent. A slightly old-fashioned one, I’ve been told. Sounding like Stephen Fry. ;o)
    Cheers,
    Anja

  24. Unsuited to age group’ means ‘shelve is somewhere different’. And I think it’s a fair comment. Not all children are ready to deal with all kinds of material; heck, I’ve had that problem as an adult with unexpected hardcore material.
    It’s less the content than the way in which the content is presented. I think that books in which nonconsentual sex, racism, and other forms of discrimination are portrayed in a positive light, for instance, are books that children might need guidance on, because they often haven’t developed the critical facilities that allow them to deal with them. This does not mean that they should never be read – but that there needs to be adult involvement providing guidance and alternative viewpoints.
    As a (hypothetical) parent, I would not want to see my child exposed to literature that encourages children to think of, say, drug abuse or beating people up as ‘normal’; and I would feel very uneasy about an environment that encouraged such thinking. And I would also be uneasy about a collection of books that collectively had a sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory undertone – if the school’s collected consisted only of books about white, mostly male, straight protagonists, I’d address the issue.
    I think parents should be required to read any book they object to and to discuss it with a teacher or librarian. And I think that some discussions about what is and isn’t appropriate need to be taken involving all of the participants – parents, librarians, teachers, children.
    I know that if my mother gave me a rational explanation – don’t read this book, it’s very violent/sexually explicit, you won’t like it – I would have trusted her. If she had simply ordered me not to read something, it would have been in my hands three days later max.

  25. I’ll admit to Charlotte’s Web, Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, Twilight (don’t know if it’s on the list, but seems likely), and The Golden Compass. I’m sure there are more, but I don’t know which ones they are. I think Anne McCaffery has a good many on the list, and she fills a shelf or two here.
    The worst read out of any of them was The Golden Compass – I had gone ahead and bought the entire trilogy, and the first book was just not good enough to justify reading the other two. I thought the relationship between Lyra and Iorek was great, but the rest fell utterly flat. I now suspect that banning it was a publicity stunt to tie in with the also dreadful (but very pretty) movie.
    I think the Banned Books list is another example of good people gone stupid – nice, well-meaning, mostly morally upright people who think they can save people from themselves by changing the world they are exposed to. They have it backwards – try not to hold it against them.
    The only books I can say for certain that I would never read are books that glorify perversion – gratuitous violence, sex, abuse, etc. I don’t need that in my head.
    Of course parents should decide what’s appropriate for their children to read. They know and love their own children better than anyone else on the planet. As a parent, it’s my job to make sure that my son learns about the world at a reasonable pace – I can ban nothing from him forever. When he’s on his own he’ll be doing as he likes. I can only hope that I’ve taught him to appreciate the good and beautiful in the world and to turn away from evil and perversion.
    As for my power over other people’s children, I have none. If I did, I would be concerned over more substantial things than Pooh Bear. Libraries should be and are, to my knowledge, organized so that children’s books are in an area appealing and accessible to children, and adults’ books are in an area appealing and accessible to adults. Schools should and do let parents know what’s on the reading list ahead of time, and allow children to take an alternate option. The systems already in place are adequate, and subject to periodic reexamination, which is as it should be.
    And for the one book – I have many that I love. But the essential one for me is the Bible, and it’s a good read too.

  26. Which ones will you admit to reading?
    Any that I have read.
    Are there any books on the banned list that you plan to read? Will you read them this week in response to banned book week?
    That there is such a list is bad enough. I don’t expect to refer to it.
    Are there any books on the list that you would never read, and if so, why not?
    For the same reason I would not read them if they were not on the list. They’re not in my area of interest.
    Do you think there are books that aren’t appropriate for children to be reading?
    Probably advanced mathematics.
    Do you think parents should have the right to decide what’s appropriate for their children to read?
    Yes, ultimately, except where it involves child neglect.
    Do you think they should have the right to object when it will have an effect on other people’s children?
    Any citizen has that that right. Outright untruth should be publicly noted.
    Shades of Fahrenheit 451, or more recently Equilibrium… if you were going to save just one book from a mass burning of them all, which one would it be?
    Probably something about science.

  27. Which ones will you admit to reading? Any. I’ve never been ashamed of my reading habits, and don’t see any reason to become so.
    Are there any books on the list that you would never read, and if so, why not? If I were to avoid a book on this list, or any list, it would merely be because it didn’t interest me, not because I found it offensive.
    Do you think there are books that aren’t appropriate for children to be reading? Yes.
    Do you think parents should have the right to decide what’s appropriate for their children to read? Yes. I believe one of my duties as a parent is to filter certain aspects of the world until my children are mature enough to do it for themselves.
    Do you think they should have the right to object when it will have an effect on other people’s children? No. I decide what’s best for my children because I know them, and I know how I want their experiences to shape them. As a parent, helping to choose those experiences is my right and responsibility. It is not one that I would willingly surrender, nor is it one that I would willingly take from someone else.
    — Ulysses

  28. haha yes! I love it when Equilibrium gets a shout out.
    I attended fairly liberal schools, so I never really ran up against “banned books” as an issue.
    I think parents should have the final say over what their own children read; I don’t support cultural witch hunts. Parents have final say over what television shows their children watch and what music they purchase, so why not what books they read?
    That said, a lot of parents are far more conservative than they have any right being. Still, it is their right, and if they don’t want their sixteen year old child reading Catcher in the Rye, I have actually no place to say that’s wrong.
    And with THAT said, most children know how to circumvent parental rules. When I was thirteen, I told my mom I was going to see The Man in the Iron Mask; I instead went to see Wild Things.
    It works itself out. Kids will find the banned material if they really want to. Parents have the right, social institutions do not.

  29. I love Banned Books Week. I work for an academic library and every year we host an event that includes reading passages from the books aloud in public. It’s pretty popular, and we don’t even face half the bannings that public libraries have to deal with.
    It’s safe to say I’ve read a fair number of the books on that list, some of them *gasp* back when I was in school. There are also books on there I have no plans to read, either because they don’t interest me or the content might make me uncomfortable–but I’d never protest another adult’s right to read them. I do think there are books that are inappropriate for children due to content (heavy violence or graphic-bordering-on-porn-sexuality, especially for younger kids), but I can’t advocate strict age labels given the wide range of maturity in any group of kids of a certain age. I do think parents are responsible for deciding what is appropriate, but I wish more would actually consider the content of a book (by actually READING it) instead of making blind judgments with little knowledge, as all too often happens. Of course, like other commenters have noted, kids will find a way to read what they want, so the best solution is to educate them to handle the issues that parents are deeming too scary or offensive for them to be reading about. Pretending they don’t exist won’t keep your kids from finding out about them.
    Do parents have the right to object when it affects other people’s children? …Well, technically, yes, what with freedom of speech and all. (I’m assuming an American audience there, aren’t I?) They can object. Can they dictate? No. Not their decision or responsibility.

    • I’m going to add on to my comment to echo a point made–a lot of it is about how the content is presented, especially for questionable things like sex and violence. Clan of the Cave Bear has been one of my favorite books since I was a teenager, and is often challenged because of a rather graphic rape scene. Would I hand it to a young child? No, because it’d be beyond their reading level anyway, and there are plenty of events in that book that would likely scare them. To an older child who I thought could handle it? Even though there’s rape and tons of violence, especially toward women? Sure, because it’s not glorified. It’s very clear in the book that these are Not Good Things, and the experiences the protagonist goes through really enrich her as a character and the story as a whole, which is quite beautiful.

  30. I’d admit to reading anything I’ve read, no problem. I’d only not read a book if I discovered while reading that I didn’t like it for whatever reason. I’m sure I’ve read many books on the banned list and many others that people would try to ban if they knew about.
    I don’t think anything is inappropriate for children to read because in my experience you just don’t understand what you’re reading if you’re too young for it–it goes right over your head. I do think you should try to keep track of what your kids are reading because you might want to talk about certain books/ideas with them. That’s more important than worrying about what they’re reading, frankly. If I could only save one book, it would be the complete works of Shakespeare.

  31. His Dark Materials
    What surprises me most is that some of these books are banned years after they’ve been published. Take Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials. The Golden Compass was released in 1995! You might think, if the work is so offensive that it should be banned, they would have caught it before it became an award winner or a major motion picture! As is also the case for the Kite Runner and others.
    It’s a funny world when the powers that be reach into the past to “protect” us – but they can’t keep up with today. Next they’ll be stopping us from telling nursery rhymes the way we learned them…oh, wait. They’ve done that too!
    Paula

  32. Busy subject, this….
    I think the subject has been suitably pondered and appraised from all angles, so I just wanted to say that I hope that (should my book get published one day) that it makes it onto the banned list. 😀 😉

    • after all
      If it doesn’t go to the library, that means people have to buy it to read it! The forward gets paid off, and I buy that mountaintop castle. It’s all part of my googley eyed plan… Oh wait, I said the other day that I’d write a book for five dollars and a bottle of absinthe… Oops… 😀

  33. Whoever bans books realizes that it only makes teens want to read the books MORE, right? I have a list of banned books that I plan to read specifically because they are banned. *goes to add these to list*

  34. What about warnings aimed specifically at the poor kids:
    Warning: This book is really boring. It’s the kind of book they *make* you read at school because you would never read it for fun.
    Warning: This book contains people sucking face and girl cooties and boy cooties. Gross!! Avoid!!

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