Some of My Favorite Banned Books

Hi all,

In case you weren’t aware September 24 – 30 is banned books week. I was going to do a banned books reading challenge, but I don’t have the time now with packing a moving.

So, I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite banned/challenged books.

Judy Blume was perhaps one of my favorite authors growing up. I remember the first book I read by her, Iggie’s House, which was challenged for racism and “white flight”. I remember reading it with my mom and it was a familiar story to me, Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share – Bittersweet

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been nearly two months since my last coffee share. A lot has happened, but not a lot at the same time.

So, let’s hop right on into it.

If we were having coffee. . .

I’d tell you to pull up a seat, pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy the not your campfire s’mores with bourbon spiked chocolate.

So, what have you been up to since the last time we met? I hope you’ve been winding down the summer months with lots of fun on the agenda. Continue reading

Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

28c4d1f2e8d048f702c3dbf0990aca8cTitle: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Author: Sherman Alexie
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Genre: Semi-Autobiographical, Young-Adult
ISBN-13: 978-0316-01369-7
Release Date: 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown Book for Young Readers
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Last month I thought I’d focus on reading banned and challenged books as September 21st – 27th is Banned Books Week.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a semi-autobiographical, young adult novel about Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation. Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white high school in a neighboring farm town and labeled a traitor by his tribe.

I picked this book for several reasons (1) it ranked in the top 10 of banned and challenged books (2) it’s a novel by an American Indian and (3) it sounded interesting. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Character Driven Novels

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a recommendation list.

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

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I like a good character driven novel just like anybody else. I actually just finished reading a couple of character driven novels for Banned Books week (reviews coming soon). The first five are books that I’ve already read and the second were recommendations I haven’t yet read.

Have Read

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

To Read

  1. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  5. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvrez

You can also catch me at I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. If you live in the Washington, DC metro area come out for our first meetup on Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 pm and  join the discussion — Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. If you’re not in the DC metro area feel free to join the online discussion at I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club or on Goodreads

I Read Banned Books Meetup Group

ETtnE9[1] I’m so excited my Meetup went live today, just in time to kick off Banned Books Week. It’s called the I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. So, obviously if you live in the Washington, DC metro area, please join us or if know someone who lives in the area that loves to read and is so inclined to make a few new friends than by all means them our way. If you don’t live in the area you can still be a part of the group. I will post the upcoming month’s book under the I Read Banned Books Club tab and you can read right along with us. After we meet I will upload a post that will contain my critique, a group discussion summary, and a few group comments. Feel free to share your thoughts on the banned book of the month. I would definitely love to continue discussing the book. Our first meet up is October 18th and we’re reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Enjoy! I hope you’ll stop by I Read Banned Books Club and give us your thoughts.