Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (11)

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books.

“In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite banned or frequently challenged book”?”

My favorite from 2010-2011 list is "Speak," by Laurie Halse Anderson. I think rather than banning this book, it should instead be on reading lists for high schools. It portrays the effects of sexual assault on victims so vividly, and I think sexual assault and bullying are subjects that should be discussed more often in schools.

My favorite from other years is "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee. This is one of my all-time favorite books, and I've never understood why there are so many people against it. My guess is because it has a story line of a black man assaulting a white woman. If that's the case, I think it's actually a good idea to study the book in high schools, since it can be used to explore pre-civil rights race relations.

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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird is still on my TBR. It wasn't taught at any of the schools I attended. I couldn't pick a favorite from the ALA list. So I listed the ones I've read. Please come see what they are.

  2. I loved that book in school, and I think anyone trying to ban it is crazy. It is a classic and gives a real perspective for that time in American History. We can't just ignore it because people are frightened of it.

  3. I just saw a play of To Kill a Mockingbird last night. It reminds me of how far we still need to go as a society. Maybe that is what makes people uncomfortable?

  4. I read Speak fairly recently - you're right, it's ace. To Kill a Mockingbird is pretty much required reading at high school in the UK (or it was when I went), and so it should be!

  5. Speak is on my tbr list. My hop is here - I think I got a little wound up about this topic, though...


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