ANNOUNCEMENT
After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I Read Banned Books! BBW 2010



Shocking, I know, but there it is. I read banned books. Scandalous!

Actually, I see nothing wrong with any of the books on the banned books list. To each their own, I guess. But when one person or organization starts to attack a book because it doesn't meet their requirement of what is proper for the masses in general, well that just starts to rub me the wrong way. If you don't agree with a book, then don't read it. Plain and simple. Don't make others suffer for your fear or ignorance over the subject.

I think in many cases, if a book is touching on a subject that someone may find objectionable because of the subject matter and what their children may get out of it, use it as a source of conversation between you and your child. Read the book first, then read it with your child and talk with them over any questions they may have. Don't deny them the opportunity to read the book because number one, that would make them want to read it all the more (nothing will pique a kid's interest more than something that they are not allowed) and number two, because it makes you uncomfortable. Maybe you'll learn something along with your kid.

Books are great! They open whole new worlds, every single day. It makes me mad that a small, select group of people want to deny others this joy simply because they don't agree with the subject matter. I often wonder if they've actually read the books that they want banned, or if they are simply suffering from a knee-jerk reaction to the subject matter. Again I say, if you don't like the book, don't read it. Simple as that. Or maybe, read it, and broaden your understanding.
I read banned books. And I'm proud of that fact!

For more information about Banned Books Week, visit www.ala.org/bbooks.

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