Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Banned Books Challenge 2016

I did this one for the first time this year. It was fun, so I am in again. I got to 14 books and will try to get the same again, or maybe more.  Sign up here.

I can hardly believe this will be my fourth year hosting the Banned Books Challenge! I was completely blown away by the number of participants in 2015and am excited to continue the challenge for another year.

The idea is to read some books this year that people have tried to keep off the shelves. Here in the US, we are fortunate that the government does not legally ban books, but that has not stopped the challenges to school and library materials. (Bear in mind, I am not advocating for any sort of illegal activity here -- read at your own risk!)

This is a very low pressure challenge, so I'm starting the levels low -- but if you're feeling daring, try for one of the higher levels!

DATES: January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016

RULES: Any book that has been banned or challenged counts. Books can be any format, any length, and can overlap with other challenges. Graphic novels, children's books, picture books are all fine -- any book that has been banned or challenged works for this challenge.

WHERE CAN I FIND BOOK SUGGESTIONS? There isn't one specific list to work from, but there are many different resources you can check out for ideas:
  • The ALA's lists of frequently challenged books. There are multiple lists split up by author, year, decade, and a separate list for classics, so there are a lot of options from all different genres.
  • GoodReads has several listopia lists on the subject -- this is particularly helpful for identifying books you already have on your shelves if you are a user of the site.
  • If you learn about a book getting challenged in the news, on a book blog, around the web, or wherever else you get your bookish news, it's fair game. One book that made headlines in 2014 was The Miseducation of Cameron Post -- it doesn't need to make any of the big lists to count. And if you learn about a new incident, I'd love to hear about it!

HOW TO SIGN-UP: Write a post identifying which level you are aiming to complete and linking to this sign-up post. If you don't have a blog, just leave a comment below stating what level you are trying for. Listing the books you'd like to read for the year is optional. If you do make a list, you are welcome to change it at any time.

  • Reviews are not required, but if you do choose to review your selections, you can link them up here, so we can read them! You can link to reviews on your blog, GoodReads, or any other similar site where you post reviews. Please link directly to your review, not to a homepage or profile page.
  • If you don't have a blog or don't wish to write reviews, you can share your thoughts and/or completed reading list in the comments of the Review Linky Page
  • Write a wrap-up post listing your completed books for the year. This can be done whether or not you post reviews throughout the year. If you choose to write a wrap-up post, you may link it up in the review linky as well.

LEVELSBelow are the levels you can choose from. Changing your mind is OK -- you can go up or down in level at any time. I said low-pressure, remember? I'm not the book police, I promise.

     Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books
     Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books
     Rabble-Rouser: 6-9 Challenged Books
     Rebel: 10-14 Challenged Books
     Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books

Here is what I am reading:
  1. The Education of Little Tree--Forrest Carter
  2. The Pillars of the Earth--Ken Follett
  3. Falling Up--Shel Silverstein
  4. Everything On It--Shel Silverstein
  5. Leaves of Grass--Walt Whitman
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird--Harper Lee
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest--Ken Kesey
  8. Persepolis--Marjane Satrapi
  9. Persepolis 2--Marjane Satrapi
  10. The Higher Power of Lucky--Susan Patron
  11. Eleanor & Park--Rainbow Rowell
  12. Looking for Alaska--John Green
  13. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty--A.N. Roquelaure
  14. The Kite Runner--Khaled Hosseini
  15. The Bell Jar--Sylvia Plath
  16. The Catcher in the Rye--J.D. Salinger
  17. Blood and Chocolate--Annette Curtis Klause
  18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time--Mark Haddon
Challenge completed on December 1


Christine said...

So glad you're in again! That's so great you read 14 books for last year -- happy reading in 2016 :)

RTD said...

Oh, my, another challenge. I could not possibly take on another one (I'm involved in 3), but I will follow your blog with great interest. I look forward to everyone's postings. All the best from R.T. at Beyond Eastrod.

Christine said...

Congrats on completing the challenge! And a month early no less :)