This Friday is brought to you by Banned Books

Book Blogger HopThis week's Book Blogger Hop poses this question:

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

I feel lucky to be able to read what I want. There are quite a few, so here goes:

What came to mind right away is this! See that cover on the right? That is how I remember Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume with the purple and retro art. The matter-of-fact way that Blume talks about girl's angst in growing up - girl friends, bras, boobs, sexuality, boys -  it made the whole ordeal much more bearable. Every girl should read this; it's the equivalent of an open-minded mother who tells you the facts of life without all the sugarcoating or stupid euphemisms.

Other banned or challenged books that I've read and appreciated are:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. 

Find out more about Banned Books Week here.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Are you there god?... sounds like a great book for girls. Sadly, I've never come across it.I'm a huge fan of Capote too. I had no idea In Cold Blood was a banned/challenged book.
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  3. i'm not against censorship but... here is my take

  4. Happy Friday! just blogging by.

  5. Lord of the flies! Classic! Good choice, I'd have to admit that I agree ;)

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  6. Hi CHE - I've come across "Are you there God ... " many times at used bookstores and thrift stores. It was written in the 70s but today's young girls would very much be able to relate. "In Cold Blood" was a challenge for me to read. I became a Capote fan after I read "Breakfast at Tiffany's" but "In Cold Blood" sealed the deal!

    Sidne - I'm not against censorship either, in fact this helps me make a much more informed decision in terms of recommending reading material to my daughter.

    Mad Scientist - I have a yellowed copy of Lord of the Flies and I;ve reread it so many times I've lost count. If you loved the book, check out this game at Nobel Prize (Golding was a Nobel Prize for literature winner):

    Beck Valley, Tribute Books Mama - thanks for coming by - coming over to visit! :)


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