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Banned Books Week 2017

Banned Books Week 2017

We are just about half way through Banned Books Week 2017. How is your rebellious reading going?

Despite the coverage there are still some people who aren’t clear what it is or why it came about.

Or why it is important.

Why you should be able  to read what YOU want.

The New York Public Library, a most wonderful place  in New York City, a  happy place full of really bookish people has quite a lot of helpful ideas to understand, get fresh reading and more. For a little understanding on the importance of this week and to take a quiz on how well you really know your banned books (and this is one reader who did really embarrassingly badly 🙁 ) jump over to here.  This also has a list of suggested books to read that were banned!

If you have young readers in your life Salon has a great piece on why young readers should read banned books. Very compelling. Common Sense Media, the website that monitors and rates all media for appropriateness for children, also has a thoughtful piece on this topic.  You don’t have to be a parent to read these! And really? Captain Underpants and Roahl Dahl books were banned?

And what about once the week is over? Book Riot is celebrating the week with a “bookish bundle” that would carry your books and you expressing yourself on the subject of book banning!

Happy reading!

Banned Books Week 2017

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Banned Books Week 2017

This week is Banned Books Week and I will be honoring the week reading my favorite banned book, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Also, every day of Banned Books Week, I will be posting some quote from a banned book on my Instagram. Even if you don’t have one, you can still view online what I post!

What will you be doing to honor this week?

Banned Books Week

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Artist Builds A Full-Sized Parthenon At A Historic Nazi Book Burning Site Using 100,000 Banned Books

An Argentinean artist, Marta Minujín, aged 74, has taken 100,000 banned books to build a full-sized Parthenon at the location of a very famous Nazi book burning site. It is to symbolize a resistance to the political repression, according to the artist.

With the help of students from Kassel University in Germany, Minujín was able to identify over 170 titles that were, or are, banned in different countries around the world to create the full sized parthenon that is made out of steel, books and plastic sheeting.

However the controversial ‘Mein Kampf’ by Adolf Hitler will not be in the banned books.

““Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people,” Heinrich Heine said in the 19th century.”

Artist Builds A Full-Sized Parthenon At A Historic Nazi Book Burning Site Using 100,000 Banned Books
Image Credits: Roman März

 

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How Well Do You Know Banned Books?

If the subject of banned books isn’t something you know a lot about you might just be surprised. Here is a little quiz courtesy of PlayBuzz that is really enlightening and entertaining. It’s ok if you don’t know all the answers – there are so many books challenged and banned who could keep up with it?

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Banned Books Week – Go And Check Out A Challenged Book

In honor of Banned Books Week here is a list of books that are the most frequently challenged in libraries.

If you are into classics take a look at these. Makes very interesting reading. Who would have thought it would include The Great Gatsby? The Call Of The Wild? The Lord Of The Rings? Really? what did Frodo do?

One other book(s) that made the list, and is an interesting choice as we head over to October and all things spooky, is Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwatz. This series of books made the list too. To commemorate this interesting achievement you might want to check out upcoming events that coincide with this and Banned Books Week.

So, what challenged book are you reading?