Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week!

This is the week where we celebrate the most important thing for those of us who are addicted to the written word:  Freedom to write and express ideas, even if they are unpopular.

Here are the most challenged titles from 2013 (from

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

In total there were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013!

I had to take a break from it because I needed to read A Man Called Ove for book club, but I’m in the middle of reading The Name of the Rose, and of course Harry Potter is constantly being reported because of the magic elements.  I’m also still trekking through Anna Karenina.

What banned books are you reading this week?




Divergent. I’m not even sure where to start with this review. I loved this series when I read it the first time. I blew through it as fast as my grubby little hands could get it from the library (and that, unfortunately, was not very fast…). It is the very epitome of tragic dystopian trilogy.


And then, I watched the movie. And maaaaaaan how they butchered it, especially the ending. I mean what the HELL was Jeanine doing in that scene anyway?!

I was so confused by that scene that I was sure I had missed something. So when my book club chose Divergent, I decided to reread it from scratch to figure out what that was. Turns out, I was right. It was the movie that was wrong.

But, that’s not really much of a review, is it?

This is like Hunger Games without the venue. Typical love “triangle,” though Tris isn’t near as into one of the guys as he is her. There’s a whole lot of violence and drama, of course. Pretty much everything you expect from this genre.

The politics get a lot more alarming as you get into the second and third books. It’s always very freaky to think about what governmental crises could look like someday. Who knows what it will come to be? I am not a political person, but I think that is what draws me to this type of book. The curiosity of what may happen sooner or later.

Dymocks’ 101 Must Read Books for 2014

Tee posted this list on Tumblr, so rather than reblogging it there, I thought I’d share my list here. I’ve read quite a few!!

  1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  2. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  4. The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
  5. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  7. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  8. The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
  9. The Hunger Games Series – Suzanne Collins
  10. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  11. Cross Stitch – Diana Gabaldon
  12. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  13. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  14. The Divergent Series – Veronica Roth
  15. Magician – Raymond E. Feist
  16. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  17. Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett
  18. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  19. Anne Of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  20. Obernewtyn – Isobelle Carmody
  21. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
  22. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  23. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  24. A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey
  25. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  26. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  27. The Infernal Devices Series – Cassandra Clare – currently reading
  28. The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger
  29. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  30. The Name Of The Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  31. Angelfall – Susan Ee
  32. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series – George R.R. Martin
  33. Paper Towns – John Green
  34. People Of The Book – Geraldine Brooks
  35. Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  36. The Bible
  37. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  38. The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  39. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
  40. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  41. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  42. Daughter Of Smoke And Bone – Laini Taylor
  43. Fifty Shades Of Grey – E.L. James
  44. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  45. Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  46. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  47. The Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Clare
  48. Peter Pan – James M. Barrie
  49. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  50. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  51. The Host – Stephenie Meyer
  52. The Messenger – Markus Zusak
  53. The Passage – Justin Cronin
  54. The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
  55. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  56. Iq84 – Haruki Murakami
  57. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  58. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  59. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  60. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
  61. Looking For Alaska – John Green
  62. Graceling – Kristin Cashore
  63. Ender’s Game – Scott Orson Card
  64. Ice Station – Matthew Reilly
  65. Shantaram – David Gregory Roberts
  66. Wool – Hugh Howey
  67. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  68. Tully – Paullina Simons
  69. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  70. Tomorrow, When The War Began – John Marsden
  71. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
  72. The Goldfinch – Donna Tart
  73. The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan
  74. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  75. All That I Am – Anna Funder
  76. Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey
  77. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  78. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  79. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Forde
  80. The Casual Vacancy – J .K. Rowling
  81. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  82. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
  83. Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
  84. Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  85. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  86. Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin
  87. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  88. One Day – David Nicholls
  89. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
  90. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  91. Rivers Of London – Ben Aaronovitch
  92. Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night – Mark Haddon
  93. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
  94. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
  95. Kafka On The Shore – Haruki Murakami
  96. Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden
  97. The Road – Cormac Mccarthy
  98. The Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay
  99. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – Neil Gaiman
  100. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  101. Signature Of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert

Crossed Out: Read (40/101)

Italicized: Own (8/101)

Bold: On my immediate (within this month) to-read list (23/101)