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Banned Book Week

  When Sheila @ Book Journey posted about her week of Banned Books and asked if anyone wanted to join in the fun I quickly jumped on the banned wagon. 🙂 Swing by her blog and check out what she’s reading and all the other cool bloggers participating!

I decided to read Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler because I’d heard great things about the book and yet nothing that would indicate why it would be banned. I didn’t know much about Banned Book Week or even how book get banned, so I checked out the ALA website before I got reading. I found out that the top four reasons books get banned:

1. Sexually explicit

2. Offensive language

3. Violence

4. Unsuited to age group

And that parents were by far the largest group of people who sought to get a book banned. Oh, and CHALLENGED means an attempt to remove a book from a library, school, etc., while BANNED means a book has been removed from that institution.

All things I never knew!

First, I LOVED Twenty Boy Summer. I thought it was a perfect example of how good books get banned needlessly. I think that, yes, I have become a bit desensitized when it comes to reading about sex or language or even a little violence. However, I read Twenty Boy Summer with the mindset of “this is a banned book because of it’s sexually explicitness and, gee, I wonder why.”  Even with that in mind I found only one scene that I wouldn’t consider graphic in which two teens consent to have sex. In my curiosity I found that the book was actually banned in a Missouri school when a man, who didn’t even have kids at the school, said that the book contained values contrary to the Bible.

I can’t even begin to rant on how this infuriates me. But then I think about all the kids who will go out and find Ockler’s book simply because they are told they shouldn’t be reading it. Awe-some. After all the book isn’t about sex at all. Sex may be a by product, but it is a far cry from the point of the story. The book is about grief and the ways the soul tries to mend itself as it heals. As a matter of fact Twenty Boy Summer may be the best book on how to move through and beyond heart-wrenching grief that I’ve ever read. And as everyone grieves differently, then seeking the physical company of someone through a hard time isn’t too difficult to understand.

And to celebrate this great novel I am giving away two copies of Twenty Boy Summer to two lucky winners. Yay! 😀 All you need to do is comment on what your favorite banned book is and why. Two bonus points for commenting on another blog about banned books (add the link to your comment) and three bonus points for subscribing to my blog. Easy-peasy. I will notify the winners next Wednesday, Oct. 5. 😀

Happy Banned Books Week!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

This weekend was busier than usual with me running around to see family, drop my girlfriend off before the crack of dawn at the start of her MS City to Shore bike ride, and meeting her at the finish line in Ocean City, NJ. She finished the ride with flying colors and chatted the rest of the day about how wonderful the volunteers and her experience were. Fortunately, the predicted rain held off and she finished in six hours which included stopping at every rest stop along the route. It was great to switch roles as I supported her athletic endeavors as she always does for mine. And she finally understood the glow that accompanies the aftermath of such a physical undertaking. It made me want to join her next time! 🙂

In other news – Happy Banned Books Week! I’ll be posting on Twenty Boy Summer this Wednesday in conjunction with Book Journey’s Banned Book celebration. Be sure to tune in on Wednesday as I’ll have a special giveaway to celebrate the freedom of reading! 😀

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

  How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill – I’m listening to this memoir on CD (not read by the author) and am really enjoying it. It’s a little too happy-sunshine for me, but Gill has a great perspective on lessons he learned later in life. Fired from an affluent job he held the majority of his life, Gill finds himself floundering for a new purpose. That’s when he is found by Crystal, a Starbucks manager who takes a chance on Gill that changes his life for the better. This memoir is definitely worth reading as it provides a great illustration on how sometimes we may be distracted by things that are fleeting instead of finding happiness in the moments of life.



  In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine – Another fun cookbook with great illustrations. The authors provide their life experience in the form of recipes that reflect a good range of dietary options, budgets, and fanfare. Plus, the colorful anecdotes make it a fun read as well!





  Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein – A compilation of Silverstein’s poems and illustrations published posthumusly by his family. Growing up with the whimsical books of Silverstein, I had to pick up a copy, eager to read more of his works. Perfect to read anytime. 🙂





That’s all she wrote…er, read. Tune in Wednesday for more fun, reading, and entertainment! 🙂