Little Known Holidays

I celebrated it last year with a post, but it totally slipped my mind last month!

There’s a holiday a lot of people don’t know about during the month of September. And no, it’s not Labor Day. Or Patriot Day. Or Ask A Stupid Question Day. (Really. That’s a thing. Read all about it.) What is it?

Banned books.Ray Bradbury quote

Banned Book Week was September 21st-27th last month.

Here are a few of the banned books I’ve read over my lifetime.

The Hunger Games (trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Blubber by Judy Blume
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
1984 by George Orwell
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I don’t think books should be banned, though I do believe there needs to be discussion and that, in the instance of younger children especially, there does need to be some sort of balance struck. I’m not a parent at this stage in my life, but if I were, and found some books to be inappropriate for younger children, I just wouldn’t keep them around, or would at least consider waiting until I feel that they’re at an age where they can handle it, and then I’d read it along with them, or make myself available to them should they have any questions about what they’re reading.

Not all of those books I’ve read I’ve enjoyed. In fact, there were quite a few in there that I dislike.* But I think that’s what makes the choice to read a banned book so beautiful. I choose it. No one else chooses it for me.

 

*(One of those books in list in particular I actually kind of loathe. [And whatever anyone who knows me might say, that one I loathe is actually NOT Twilight. That I actually kind of like. In a, laugh-until-your-sides-get-sore kind of way.] )

 

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4 thoughts on “Little Known Holidays

  1. Now I’m intrigued. Which book do you loathe? I’m going to guess Captain Underpants or Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret. I can’t believe The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is on the list. My dear Roald Dahl always appears on these lists. His books are so fabulous.

    • It’s actually The Kite Runner. I read that book a number of years ago for a book club I was part of at the time. I don’t know if you’ve ever actually read it, but a VERY condensed summary of the book is that it’s about what life is like in Afghanistan. I don’t think it’s an actual true story, but if what is in there depicts what life is actually like, then it is sad and depressing, and my heart just hurts thinking about that now. Something very bad happens to one of the little boys in the book, something that should not happen to any one, or any child, and I just couldn’t get over it. I wanted to stop reading it when the event occurred, but kept reading because despite the devastation, the story was very well written and engaging. (It was one of those, “I’ll just read until the end of the chapter, and THEN I’m done,” kind of things. That just kept happening.) When I finally did finish reading it, I was in a depressed funk for about a week. I don’t think I’d ever willingly read it again. I would, however, recommend it but only with a VERY strong warning – it is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Do not read if you can’t take lots of very bad things happening to a lot of people who don’t deserve it.

      • I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author and it was disturbing. It is about two Afghani women who are married to the same man. It was sad and definitely the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. I’m glad I did but I don’t think I’m ready to read another book like it. One was enough I think. Still, I might pick it up someday.

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