Why Would You Ban a Book?

As Banned Books Week continues, it’s given me a chance to think about why you would ban a book.

Reading has multiple purposes and it’s purposes vary between the reader.

For me, reading is about learning and relaxing. Reading gives me pleasure and entertainment. For some it is a chore.

But what makes someone think that a book is outrages?

What makes The Perks of Being a Wallflower bad? What makes Harry Potter bad?

I’ve thought about it a lot over the last week, and I can’t figure it out. A lot of the books that appears on the lists of the most challenged books in the US are ones that I clung to growing up. The topics in The Perks of Being A Wallflower are admittedly heavy, but for some they are necessary. Yes, there is drug use and memories of child molestation, but it is also a book about acceptance, and learning that you don’t need to fit into society.

It’s boggles me how anyone would want to stifle literature in such a way that someone would not be able to access them?

If you have any thoughts on this let me know! I think weeks like this inspire discussion on censorship and the way we handle the content of literature, and something that definitely needs to be discussed.

Banned Books Week!

The 23rd to the 29th of October is Banned Books Week!

This is an important week of the year for literature, as it’s a week that celebrates books that have been challenged, either for their authors or their content.

Banned Books Week is an initiative started by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, and highlights the books challenged or removed from libraries and school libraries. Some of them are pretty absurd. Books challenged for LGBT characters, books banned for their drug use, magic, etc.

Is there a book on the list below that you’ve read and loved, but is challenged?

Take a look here and let me know!

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Hello,

So, yesterday, I handed in my dissertation! I’m officially back in action.

Thank you for everyone who has been patient with me. I hope to become more active over the next few weeks.

The book club will come back live shortly, and I’ll be taking suggestions for our October reading!

I have a few things I’d like to try out on this blog over the next few weeks, so please bear with me as I figure them out. I’m trying my best!

I look forward to reading with all of you!

Fourth Anniversary!

This blog is now four months old!

This is exciting, and despite being a mostly absent blog holder, I am still here and thinking about this blog daily.

My dissertation is due in just over 5 weeks, and I’m doing well. I’m slightly stressed out, but I’m looking forward to being able to be back on here and discussing everything book related with you soon!

In the meantime, this blog is going to go back to silent once again. I fear I won’t have a lot of time to read between now and the 21st of September, barring rereading my dissertation, and I doubt a people reading this want to know about Welsh mythology in popular culture.

Thank you for sticking beside me, and I hope to be back soon!

3 Month Anniversary!

Hello!

So, this book club is now three months old, can you believe it?

I’m currently working through some things, and I promise to come back with a better experience for you all this coming October. I have a few things I want to try out, but until now, I hope you don’t mind my relative absence.

It’s going to be a tumultuous few months, but I’m hoping to come back better than before. It’s going to be weird at first because my life currently revolves around work, thinking about work, and thinking about my dissertation. So, it’s going to be a bit of a shift in nature for me.

I really want to make a good go of this book club. So, hopefully we can achieve that!

Thank you for being patient.

Rebeca.

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Hello,

First off let me apologise for my lack of posting. I’ve been really struggling recently. Since I’ve come back from holiday, other commitments have reared their ugly heads, and I’m finding it hard to find the time to really get this blog and book club going.

On this note, I’m writing to let you know whilst this blog will continue to stay live, I’m postponing the Book Club until October. My dissertation is due on September 21st, and from there I can dedicate my time more fully to this blog and I can really work at making it as amazing as I hope it one day can be.

Over the course of the few remaining months until then I will continue to post my book related thoughts, and I hope you enjoy them.

If you would like to keep up with my reading you can find me on Goodreads and Twitter. Drop me a line, and I’ll be happy to talk with anyone!

In the meantime, happy reading everyone!

Rebeca.