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Banned Books Readathing 2012??

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1LucindaLibri
syyskuu 6, 2012, 11:06am

Hi folks . . . Anyone interested in a ReadaThing during Banned Books Week (September 30, 2012 - October 6, 2012)?

Not sure what you might read?

http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

And PEN.org is honoring banned books all month:
http://www.pen.org/blog/?cat=3229

I'll definitely be reading banned/challenged books that week . . . Just let me know if anyone wants to join in and make it an "event" :)

P.S. Not sure if/how countries other than the US do "Banned Books Week", but please post about how to make this open enough for all. There are certainly lists out there of books banned in countries around the world. And, if you are lucky enough to live somewhere where books are not banned, you are welcome to read some of ours and comment on how absurd it seems to the outside world.

P.P.S. If any of you are in other groups who regularly do Banned Books Challenges, please cross post and/or let me know if one is already planned.

2Nicole_VanK
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 6, 2012, 11:18am

Sure, why not. I love banned books.

(p.s.: I'm Dutch - can't speak for other countries but "Banned Books Week" as such is totally alien for me. But that doesn't mean I don't understand about banned books. And there are so many of them).

3Ameise1
syyskuu 6, 2012, 2:46pm

Sounds interesting. I'm only a little bit helpless in finding such books. I can't really remember which books have been banned during the last 20 years here in Switzerland and of other countries I've got no ideas. So I would need help.

4Nicole_VanK
syyskuu 7, 2012, 2:14am

This would be a good place to start: http://www.librarything.com/profile/BannedBooksLibrary

It's far from complete though.

5landslide
syyskuu 7, 2012, 6:59am

I'm in. I'm Portuguese, so we don't have a "Banned Books Week" (fortunately) but we lived under a dictatorship for almost 50 years (not me, I was born in democracy) and censorship was a very real thing.

I was planning to read "Lord of the Flies" this Fall so I'll read it that week.

6LucindaLibri
syyskuu 7, 2012, 11:34am

>4 Nicole_VanK: Pretty sure Tim put the kabbosh (sp?) on the Banned Books Library . . . too much like a list.

There's an international list here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_banned_by_governments
(though there are issues with its credibility).

Here in the US the focus is on the ALA lists. The "classics" are listed here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/reaso...

7Ameise1
Muokkaaja: lokakuu 3, 2012, 8:19am

Thanks Lucinda for the wikipedia link. During the last 35 years I've read a lot books from this list and while time is precious I won't re-read them. But luckily I've found one, which my local library can provide me.

So, I'll be in. I'll read The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer but in German. Because it has got 860 pages and I have to work during this week, I'll give the reading a start and probably will finish it the proximate week, so my post about the book will be later than most of the others.

8LucindaLibri
syyskuu 8, 2012, 1:13pm

One more obvious source . . . in LT you can locate books tagged with the tag "banned" :
http://www.librarything.com/tag/banned

:)

9LucindaLibri
syyskuu 13, 2012, 4:43pm

Doesn't appear to be enough interest to organize a full-fledged ReadaThing, but I'll be reading banned/challenged books and posting about them that week and hope others will do the same.

10jjmcgaffey
syyskuu 13, 2012, 8:45pm

I'll be reading your posts, but not sure I'll hunt up a banned book to read. Most of the ones in such lists that I'm interested in I've already read, and I NEED to concentrate on new (-to-me) books and shrink my surplus. But I'll check the lists and see if I have any banned books among my TBRs...

11LucindaLibri
syyskuu 30, 2012, 10:46pm

I've started posting, but decided to post over in the Banned Books group . . .
http://www.librarything.com/topic/142433

Today I read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

Next will be either Reading Lolita in Tehran, To Kill a Mockingbird, or I might reread The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. It seems very relevant right now.