The true university these days is a collection of books.
-Thomas Carlyle

Friday, 3 October 2008

Banned Books Week Sept 27th-Oct 4th

The American Libraries are celebrating the freedom to read by having Banned Books Week and I thought I would like to contribute. Some of the books that have been banned or challenged are surprising and A Readers Respite has been featuring some of those books with explainations as to why they were found to be controversial. There is a list of banned books here so you can see which ones you have read or want to read. There is also a Top 100 Banned/Challenged books in 2000-2007 list.

There are quite a few books on the list that I have read and enjoyed, important works that have influenced, inspired and entertained us and many more that I would like to read. So go on, read a banned book today...

Banned books I have read:-

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Awakening by Kate Chopin

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

and of course by Shakespeare...Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night.

Which ones have you read?

The Guardian Newspaper has a Banned Books Quiz. Click here to have a go!


Michele said...

Okay, I scored a very dismal 6 out of 10. To be fair, I had a very cranky baby fussing in my ear, ha ha. But what cracks me up is the response to my score:

"Rather ignorant, I’m afraid. You’re clearly reading in slavish obedience to the censors. Are you going to be voting for Sarah Palin?"

Bwa ha ha ha ha! I love it. And the answer is "no."

Leah said...

I only got 3 out of 10 so you were way better. Funny message. Thankyou for mentioning me on your blog about the quiz. I hope you drop by again soon!

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