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Christine at Buckling Bookshelves is hosting a Banned Books Challenge. Here’s what she has to say:
Since Banned Books Week 2012, I have been trying to make an effort to read more banned and challenged books, particularly classics, but want to make a more organized and formal effort this year leading up to Banned Books Week 2013.
DATE: The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through the first day of Banned Books Week 2013 (still TBD) — the rest of the week will be used to wrap-up the challenge.
RULES: The only rules are that books read for this challenge must appear on one of the ALA’s lists of frequently challenged books — there are multiple lists split up by author, year, decade, & a separate list for Banned & Challenged Classics, so there should be plenty of options to choose from.
I always try to post only reviews of banned/challenged books during Banned Books Week anyway, but I do find myself frantically trying to read them all in September. Hopefully this challenge will help me space them out a little better throughout the year! I’m signing up at the Making Waves level–5 banned books. I’ll track my progress here.
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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