Edit: Whew, you guys, I was starting to think I’d just imagined Hemingway’s Old Man on a challenged/banned list, but I FINALLY managed to dig up a few links; see bottom of the post 🙂
YA Highway asks:
A small confession before I begin:
I planned to read Brave New World this month. Honest. I checked it out from the library and had all intentions of reading it, but…
It’s not my fault that when I went to renew it, someone else had requested it and I was forced to return it.
So with that truth out of the way, here are my thoughts on some of the books I DID read:
Okay, I didn’t really read much in September, so there will only be ONE sentence:
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride – clever title, great voice, a kick-ass group of friends, some creepiness (but not so much I had to sleep with the lights on), the term no-no cha-cha which is brilliant, and finally…Ashley. ‘Nuff said.
I also read my selection for Fall Book Club, but my thoughts on that won’t go up until Friday.
SO (and this is where things get muddled), since I usually do Paper Hangover’s Friday Fives on, well, Friday, but this week I can’t, I’m posting my five today (on a Wednesday!). Whew, things are getting wild!*
The topic is:
YOUR FIVE FAVORITE BANNED BOOKS
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – gritty, raw, depressing, definitely my kind of book
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – an old man and a giant fish, along with some symbolism and a lot of depressing reflection
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – speculative fiction like this (and 1984, Animal Farm, etc.) sometimes scares me more than horror stories
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – one of the first YA books I read (as a kid) and it left the biggest impression on me. I remember thinking that Judy Blume was a freaking genius.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – one of the first YA books I read (as an adult). I saw that green cover at a library book sale and had to have it. I read it and cried. I wanted to adopt the main character and take care of him.
*I don’t get out much. I’m sure that’s stating the obvious.