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Bookworms Carnival – Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2009

To jumpstart the week-long look at banned/controversial books, I’m hosting the 37th Edition of the Bookworms Carinval. The links below are broken up into 3 groups, reviews of challenged Adult and Young Adult books, challenged children’s books, and the reviews sent in to me about Like Water for Chocolate.

Reviews – Adult / Young Adult books

Yule Time Reading:  The Kite Runner

Chaotic Compendiums:  Always Running

Kinga B:   A Clockwork Orange

Lahni Rawlings:  A Handmaid’s Tale and Farhrenheit 451

Smarty Pants Know it All:  Blood and Guts in High School

Reviews – Kid books

@ Deckled Edges:  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

@ Age30books: Wizardology

@ Read Space is also celebrated Banned Books Weeks by taking a look at Forgotten Books.

@ Blue Stocking Society: Girl With A Pearl Earring

Life Water For Chocolate Reviews

Rebecca Reids

The Bibliobrat

Zen Leaf


Author Interview:
Books and Movies: Literary Road Trip



I will also be posting a spotlight series on various Banned Books this week, focusing on when and why they were challenged. Titles will include:

Gossip Girl by Cecila van Ziegesar

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

BBAW Shorlist + Bookworms Carnival + Giveaway

If you haven’t already checked it out, the shortlist nominations for this year’s BBAW have been posted. Make sure you stop by and get your vote in by Saturday Sept 12th @ 11:59pm.

Don’t forget to send in your Bookworms Carnival submissions for the 37th edition, featuring Banned Books Week. Submissions are due by Friday Sept 11th @ 11:59pm. You can e-mail me your posts.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Its My Birthday, Book Giveaway contest being held all this month. The first winner will be selected this Wednesday, Sept 9th.  + ,

Reminder – Bookworms Carnival


Hey everyone please don’t forget to send in your entries for Edition 37 of the Bookworms Carnival. The theme is Banned Books Week.  I have a few fantastic submissions already, but I’d love to have more! I’m looking for reviews, author interviews, guests posts, or any special features. The deadline is Sept. 11th, so please get them in early!!

Not sure what to send in? Here are some useful links to help get you started.

1. Here is the official Banned Books Week website.

2. Google lets you get a preview from some frequently challenged titles.

3. Here are the 10 most challenged books f 2008

The 10 most challenged titles were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group

His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

YL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint,
sexually explicit, and violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

Gossip Girl
(series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age  group

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
, by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

Call for posts –Bookworms Carnival

In a few short weeks, I’ll be hosting the 37th Edition of the Bookworms Carnival, honoring Banned Books Week, (Sept 26th to October 3rd)

The theme, is very simple. Send in current or older posts on the controversial and often banned books that you’ve read and written about.

Freedom of speech and freedom of thought are very valued aspects of human life, for the writer and for the reader. Often, a truthful, but difficult book is deemed unworthy of attention, for whatever reason.  Share your thoughts, you’re reads and your top picks for this next event!

Deadline: Please e-mail your links to: rantsandreads@gmail.com by September 11th.