BBW Book Blogger Hop: Sept. 30th-Oct. 3rd

~~Banned Books Week (BBW) 2011 takes place September 24th-October 1st~~

In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite

“banned or frequently challenged book”?

I think I’m going to have to go with Push by Sapphire. At least, looking at the list of books challenged or banned in 2010-2011, I’m going with Push. I hadn’t seen it be challenged or banned yet–that was probably an oversight on my part, because I’m sure it was challenged or banned before this past year. It is very crude and real. Push is much more upfront about what Precious experienced than, say, Melinda in Speak, which I just read this week.

Push
Challenged on an extracurricular reading list in the Horry County, S.C. school library (2011). The 1996 novel is based on the story of Precious Jones,
an illiterate sixteen-year-old, who grows up in poverty. Precious is raped by her father, battered by her mother, and dismissed by social workers. The story follows Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, through her journey of learning how to read and be on her own. The novel was made into a critically acclaimed movie, Precious, in 2009, which received six Oscar nominations,
including Best Picture, for the 82nd Academy Awards and Sundance Film Festival praise.
Source: May 2011, pp. 94–95.

On another note The Notebook Girls and The Body of Christopher Creed were on the list for 2010-2011. I read these two in high school and I don’t believe they were considered very controversial at that point in time. Either way, I’m somewhat glad that books I’ve read are being challenged. Not sure why. Maybe it makes me feel like I’ve been reading controversial books for a long time. Except what I consider controversial means there’s something there for discussion. These books are being challenged/banned merely for referencing drugs and drinking or “age-appropriateness”–isn’t that what TV is all about? Showing us lots of violence, drugs, and sex?

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books. Essentially, every weekend Jen posts a topic for book bloggers to discuss on their blogs. I know sometimes I find it hard to think of bookish things to write about (that aren’t reviews), so the Hop gives me some great thoughts to ponder.

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