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Banned Books Week!

If you haven't heard or just got into books, IT IS BANNED BOOKS WEEK!
Everyday this week I will post about one of my favorite banned books!
I think that it is silly why some of the books are banned, but it seems to do some books good to be banned. It seems to create a buzz around them getting more people to read them, which is good because some of them have a good message.
Since this is the first day of Banned Books Week I am going to talk about a lot of good books here:

Most probably know of this first book because it was made into a movie starring Kristen Stuart. The movie was good but everyone should definitely read the book since it gives you more than the movie.

Speak


The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.--FROM MACTEENBOOKS.COM

Why is this book banned?
This book is banned because it i labeled to sexual explicit/pornography! REALLY PEOPLE! This book is about a girl who was rapped and trying to SPEAK out about it!




Why are these books always banned or challenged?
Well because MAGIC IS EVIL! 
I think this is the main reason, which is silly when everyone knows magic doesn't exist. We might hope that it does or pretend were wizards and witches but it doesn't affect our moral compass. After reading the Harry Potter series most actually feel like they have a stronger understanding of what is right and wrong well from what I have heard from fellow potterheads. There are a lot of studies that also explain how those who read and relate to HP have more open mindedness and do not persecute others; including immigrants and gays. I can see how those who spread hate and violence about and towards gays/immigrants might not like the HP series anymore. However I feel like God would not want us spreading hate (that leads to violence) toward anyone including gays, he would want us to embrace them and spread love. But I am not that religious so let the haters hate and spread the violence, I am going to read HP until the day I die. Side note if you hate and spread the hate, that leads to the persecution and violence against fellow human beings, how do you think you will end up in heaven? I do not mean to offend just asking a question....


The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There...more

I love this book and didn't think there could possible be anything wrong with a book that teaches you to open your eyes, to love, and be free. I guess I was wrong again.... No surprise there....Has anyone seen the movie?


Why is The Giver banned and challenged?
The chart is from slate.com
Unsuited for age group, why? Violence, what violence? Sexually explicit, THERE IS NOT SEX OR KISSING OR HAND HOLDING.... Suicide seriously it was briefly mentioned and the main protagonist took a different route then his predecessor, so the concern is not warranted.

Blood and Chocolate by 


Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.

Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?

Why is this book banned?
I do not need to look up why this book is banned because I read it. This book is dark and filled with sexual situations and tension, which is not appropriate for young ladies from the 18th century. However if you are from this century have the sex talk with your parents. Let them know you you understand how sex works, and all the safety precautions to take, and when and with who it is appropriate to have sex with. After THE TALK is done go ahead and read this book. ;) 

MORE BANNED BOOKS TO COME EVERYDAY OF THIS WEEK STAY TUNED!

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