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Why I Love Wednesdays: Banned Books
Wednesday September 28, 2011 at 12:26 am |
Reflections of a Bookaholic

Why I Love Wednesdays is a weekly meme created and hosted by Alexis of Reflections of a Bookaholic. Each week she posts a Why I Love Topic that she answers. If you would like to participate head on over to her site for the topic and the image. This week’s topic:

Banned Books:

My favorite banned books from the list are below.  I don’t know if you all know how EPIC these books were to my childhood.  Each of them I read several times and am itching to buy them again so I can reminisce on the greatness that they are.  Judy Blume’s Are You There God?  It’s Me Margaret (how could this be banned?) gave me relatable characters.  I don’t where I’d be without the Judy Blume books I loved so much.  She did a great service to little girls everywhere.  The Boy Who Lost His Face was pure genius.  Louis Sachar always managed to hit the mark for me and I have so much LOVE for this book!  And Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor was awesomeness.  The issues were tough and difficult, but she wrote it so expertly as to relate such heinous events and happenings to kids and teens.  As a result I grabbed all of her books I could find, and re-read this one over and over.  I don’t think my childhood would have been complete without those books.  And last but not least…Harry Potter!  And I really think there is no need for an explanation!


What are your favorite banned books from the list?

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19 Responses to “Why I Love Wednesdays: Banned Books”

  1. Harry Potter would be my favorite. Banned Books always make me wonder.

  2. Beats me why some of them are on there, but I guess To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite from the list.

  3. I had no idea that Are you There God had been banned…that is ridiculous! that is such an awesome book! I love your list!

  4. Any book that dabs into certain topics and its audience is underage gets banned. Any book that deals with a certain topics for adults and is considered dehumanized, i guess who can say, gets banned to. any book that makes any religious statement that is not a religious book.

    ghezzzz, i say!!!

    to kill a mockingbird and roll of thuder, hear my cry, and coffee makes you black are some of my favorite ban books.

  5. I love all the books you listed. The books that I read when i was younger meant more to me and stuck with me longer than books I’ve read as an adult. I’m just realizing this. I think it is because there is so much going on at that stage. I love love love Judy Blume and appreciate her. I always connected to her characters.

  6. Jade, I just realized that you don’t have share links on your posts 🙁

    • Jade Jade says:

      I had some but the plugin I used kept messing up so I took them off. With the new theme I just haven’t looked into them again. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll have to figure something out soon.

  7. Dana Burgess says:

    Great choices. Why are so many of the banned book so good?

  8. Missie says:

    You should see my shame face because I’ve never read Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

    *be’s full of fail*

    Last year, I read Speak and found the story so incredibly powerful! I can’t believe anyone would ban it.

  9. Rebecca says:

    I’m still all new to all these banned books things! I don’t think we have anything like that here. At least I’ve never noticed or heard anything about it. Anyhow, Harry Potter would definitely be one of my favorite banned books as well! I absolutely loved that series and it meant so much to me when growing up. It’s followed me almost my whole childhood!

    His Dark Materials is another amazing series! It was one of the most emotional series I’ve ever read and I remember how much I wanted someone to talk to after I’d finished the last book. Two awesome series! 🙂

  10. Hi Jade,

    Thanks for providing a list, ever since I’ve heard of “banned books week” I was wondering what books were banned and why.
    I’m curious why Mein Kampf isn’t on it…

    Harry Potter? Seriously? 🙂

    I loved Of Mice and Men, a short book but so powerful and emotional!

    The Catcher in The Rye – I really tried going through to the end, I just couldn’t. My problem was that I didn’t really like anything in the book. I’m willing to give it another try at some point, though.

    Beloved – that was a strange one and maybe a bit too abstract for my taste.

    Brave New World – I finished it recently, a great book. It should be read together with Orwell’s “1984” and Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. Pretty amazing books, all three of them.

    Slaughterhouse 5 – another strange one I would like to re-read at some point.

    I see you like Judy Blume, I recommend another one of her books, Wifey.