Laughter and books make life a little easier

I read banned books, apparently.

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As you may know, next week is Banned Books Week. I want to do a post about this, so I’ve been working through the various lists of banned and/or challenged books available on the internet.

Then I made a list of all of the books that I found on those lists that I have read. I took pictures of those I could find in my room and found pictures on the internet of those that I do not own or simply could not find at the right moment. Now I have these two collages of books.

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I’m posting this a week ahead of time because I would like to give you the chance to request which books next week’s banned books post should be about. Obviously I don’t believe that any books should be banned. No matter how controversial it is, you do not have the right to take away someone else’s free speech because you do not agree with them.

Regardless, which of these books would you like to see discussed in next week’s post? If no-one leaves any requests (a likely scenario), I will talk in general about books being challenged on their content.

And, in case the images are giving anyone trouble, here is the list of banned books I’ve read, in no particular order:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Harry Potter-series by J.K. Rowling

Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott

Animal Farm by George Orwell

His Dark Materials-trilogy by Philip Pullman

The Hunger Games-trilogy by Suzanne Collins

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fault In our Stars by John Green

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

I’m pretty sure these are not the only banned books I’ve read, but we’ll stick with these for now. About half of them I’ve read for school and university. It seems that the more controversial a book is, the more it is studied.

Also, if it is a banned series, I only put its first book in the pictures to save space, but I’m happy to talk about the whole series.

Talk soon,

Siggy

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6 responses

  1. I’ve read a lot of the banned books on your list and I don’t agree with banning books either.
    I’m really surprised to hear that Little Women has been a banned book. It seems a very unlikely candidate!

    September 18, 2014 at 10:21

    • I know, right? I haven’t read it recently, but I can’t remember anything either that could possibly be controversial. Maybe I will see if I can find the reason and include it in next week’s post.

      September 22, 2014 at 01:01

  2. I’ve either heard or read many of the books that are on your list, and some of them surprise me. I agree with you on banning books as well. Suppressing free speech only makes free speech even stronger.

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award 🙂 Here is the post: http://kaleiyahp.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/one-lovely-blog-award/ I’ve been following your blog since I started blogging, and have found your drawings as humorous as your equally poignant thoughts on creative writing.

    September 19, 2014 at 23:54

    • Exactly. Book banning doesn’t even work.
      Thank you so much for the award, I really appreciate it! (Also thanks for sticking with me for so long! ❤ )

      September 22, 2014 at 01:09

      • You’re very welcome 🙂

        September 22, 2014 at 01:12

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