Unbeknownst to me, Banned Books Week began yesterday. If I had known, I would have planned a week of bloggish things. So, here’s just a quickie for today.
I scoured the ala lists of challenged books and used my memory of lists of banned books that I’ve seen over the years, and then I poked through my shelf of unread books and decided on two for the week.
In honor of Banned Books Week, I’ll be reading:
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
image yanked from here.
John Green in one of my favorite authors and a more modern addition to the lists of books that are challenged or banned. I’ve read most everything he’s written except for some reason this one, and this is the award winning one – it is strange, even to me.
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison is another one of those authors that I adore, and yet have not yet read her most critically acclaimed work. I actually had to look pretty hard for a copy of this book, which truly surprised me, considering that she’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner in Literature. All of her books were easy to find, except this one, which I really truly was searching for.
I also picked these two books for their range. One young adult book written by an average middle aged, middle class, nerdy, white dude; and one adult prosaic book written by an older, fiery, Nobel peace prize winning African American woman. Both are authors that are often banned, but for vastly different reasons, and yet they both appeal to this reader.
So embrace the variety that banned books bring. Embrace their message.
READ ALL THE BANNED BOOKS.
…And now I nap.