Banned Books Challenge

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photo credit: Love Of Books by George Hodan

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.

  1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Challenge complete!

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  1. You did so much better than me! Considering I hosted this challenge, I did pretty miserably at it myself… I re-opened the linky through the end of the year and added in your review links and wrap-up post to it — I was forgetting how many people would be wanting to wrap up all their various challenges after September! Since it's a small challenge & I was offering no prizes, I see no harm in bending the rules 🙂

    P.S. I just put up a poll to see if anyone is interested in participating next year — would appreciate if you popped over to vote (hopefully the poll is working properly, it was a blogger first for me, lol!)

  2. Hi Jen, I'm participating in the Banned Books challenge, too, and hope to make a few waves along with you. Looking forward to reading your thoughts.
    My banned book choices

  3. Hi Jen! I'm very new at hosting challenges and when I chose the image for this challenge button I chose one in the public domain, but inadvertently neglected to provide credit for the image. My new "grab this code" includes it, but I wanted to also provide the credit line to all the challenge participants who have already posted the button as well.

    photo credit: Love Of Books by George Hodan

    Sorry about that & I hope you're enjoying your reading selections!

  4. Thanks for joining Jen! I'm really looking forward to seeing which books you choose. Don't forget to link up your reviews if you decide to write any. I just posted my list of books I was most surprised to discover have been banned or challenged, so if you're still looking for ideas, come check it out!

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