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Banned Books Week

September 26, 2011

OK, I admit it—I was a bit of a “goodie two-shoes” in high school. You know the type—I avoided the kids smoking behind the gym; I didn’t drink at the party house—you know—the one where the parents were out of town that weekend;  and I never skipped school (except for Senior Skip Day—it would’ve been just wrong to go to school that day.) I did date the guy with the leather fringe jacket who rode the motorcycle—but that’s a whole other story…

So in my (ahem…) ‘more mature’ years, I do enjoy going against the grain a bit—going out on a limb and taking risks.  “And how is that?” you ask.

I Read Banned Books.

In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Oct.1), we celebrated To Kill a Mockingbird at my local Carnegie library this week. I decorated the entire room in black and white—down to the cookies on the refreshment table. (And, yes, I was secretly delighted when many book club members took one of each…) I even wore my “I Read Banned Books” bracelet. It isn’t technically black and white, but it’s close enough…

So, take a look at the Banned and Challenged book list compiled by the American Library Association. What books were your top 3 favorite reads? I’m not sure they are my all-time favorites, but in addition to TKAM, I would have to praise: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote; Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson; and The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

Take a Pledge: Live life dangerously—and pledge to read another Banned Book this year. What book do you plan to read as your personal “in your face” gesture? Since I just downloaded it onto my iPod, and it’s been on my TBR list forever, I’ll pledge to read A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving.

Oh my, I just feel so edgy! I might just have to go out and dance in the rain. I’ll just make sure my bracelet doesn’t get wet.



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