"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes


"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Friday, October 2, 2009

Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

It's Banned Books Week! This illness actually had me forgetting to do something in honor of it, so I'm glad Mary reminded me through The Sweet Bookshelf. (She's reviewing banned books this week. Awesome!!! Way to celebrate freedom to read!)

So in my celebrations, I thought we could vote on polls based on challenged books. These are books that you liked for whatever reasons you may have. Reader opinions vary, which is the fun of these polls. I know there are plenty on the list that I've read and didn't really enjoy. I also know there are plenty on the list that I have not read and don't ever plan on reading because they aren't quite my thing. But even if they aren't my thing, I would never take away someone else's right to read it. Seriously--if you don't like it, don't read it; don't tell someone else they are not allowed to read it. That's all there is to it.

I'm only going to include the books that I've actually read, or read significant portions of.

For the complete list of Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 1990-1999, click here.

For the complete list of Top 100 Banned or Challenged Classics, click here.

If there are any books from the 100 lists that you have read and I haven't, please mention it!

Embrace your freedom to read and laugh in the face of those who tried to keep you from these books!

1 comment:

~Mary said...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favorites of all time. It's THE book that made me want to read the classics.

Know the First Amendment! CENSORSHIP CAUSES BLINDNESS!