Leigha's Little Library

I am a small time Booktuber on Youtube and book reviewer on here and Goodreads! I blog mostly book content, but other content may slip in every now and again. What you might find here or on Youtube: books, poetry, life in general, hobbies, mental health awareness...etc. I'm a doll and toy collector, so that is bound to show up one day.

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 164 pages.

The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story - Susan Hill

The ending made me cry. The first time I read it, I don't think I saw this story as being sad, but now that I am older, the reality of it is that this is a really sad story. You've got the woman in black's pain that drove her to do what she does, the town people's pain who suffer the spirits hauntings, and then that ending... I really enjoyed the writing style. It flowed beautifully.

 

The scene with the dog... oh my gosh!

It survives, don't worry.

(show spoiler)

I got two awesome books that prove I'm a really eclectic reader!

I put in a special order at Barnes and Noble (because for some reason they didn't carry it in store!) for Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and while I was at the store to pick it up, we had to go into the kids section to pick up a birthday gift for a 1-year-old.

 

I saw the Buffy the Vampire Slayer picture book based on the series created by Joss Whedon, with illustrations by Kim Smith. I had to have it! For me! I love horror, adult books, YA, middle grade and of course children books. I think even if my body breaks down over time, reading in this manner will help keep part of my mind young.

I'm such a dork. Both of these books are so cool!!

 

The back cover alone makes a Buffy fan happy! Look at the little attention to detail. When you read this, you have to remember it will be way different from the show. It has to be if they are marketing it for children.

I've only flipped through Paperbacks From Hell, but I've already seen some books I own or read, which is pretty neat!

Lupe by Gene Thompson is from 1977. I bought my copy in 2003 from a little used bookstore for $1. So I read it at 19 years old. From memory, this book freaked me out! I was pretty sheltered as a teen, even at 19, so this was probably considered a Taboo book to be reading with my relgious family. I imagine I hid it.

Creepy children...

My copy got a little beat up. I'm not too bothered by that. That just means this book has a history! Would I buy it again if I found a better copy of the first edition (and for cheap again... haha) I probably would if I read this again and still liked the story.

I tried to adjust the photo so you can see the faded text in the receipt! Not every day you find the original receipt tucked away.

 

As I read Paperbacks From Hell, I will keep track of which books I own, have owned and have read! (Oh, and of course the books I will want to hunt for and read! I know I will want to find the books with the covers the book shows, so my hunt might be harder.)

 

If you are a dork like me, you might look forward to my list, which I will share here. lol

Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 292 pages.

Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

I've only finshed the first short story so far.

 

The Mirror: 5/5
I really enjoyed this short story. It is about a mirror that shows you things it shouldn't show you. (Yeah that doesn't sound confusing at all, does it? I promise the story itself makes much more sense than I do!) I couldn't help feeling some Harry Potter "Mirror of Erised" vibes while reading this because the moral of the story. Great short story and I liked the writing style. Set in the UK. I appreciate the research J.S did to make it sound authentic. (Maybe that helped with giving me the Harry Potter vibes lol) The ending was perfect and left me wishing this story was a longer one! For sure a spooky concept!

 

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Side note, I've personally met J.S. Bailey and got this book signed! I think I've made a vlog about it in the past. (Also won some of her audiobooks on Audible. It is about time I read one of her books!)

Day 5 Books In The Freezer Readathon!

It is day 5 of the Books in The Freezer readathon. 5 challenges, 1 down, 1 halfway down.

 

I have read Frankenstein, the original 1818 text by Mary Shelly. Third time reading it. Still a 4 star rating. I have feelings, but I can't get a proper review down for this book. I will say, I am more on the "Monster's" side, though of course I don't agree some of the stuff he did, part of me can understand why he did those things, though.

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I am 50% into The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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[I usually hate movie covers, and it is weird to have "Harry Potter's" face plastered on the cover, but I kinda like this cover.]

 

Next book on the agenda is Ordinary Souls by J.S. Bailey.

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I'm really excited about the idea of reading spooky books during October. I say I love horror books, but my Goodreads would suggest otherwise because it is probably the genre I read the least. I want to broaden my horizons and read more horror and other books I don't automatically reach for.

 

Not related to this readathon, but my copy of Paperbacks from Hell is in at Barnes and Noble. I'm excited to buy it!

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[How many books will this book make me put on my TBR?]

 

About the readathon:

Books in the Freezer is a podcast celebrating their 1 year anniversary.

 

A podcast discussing the deliciously disturbing world of horror fiction!

 

Owners of podcast (from their website)

Stephanie lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, son, Beagle and cat. When she’s not working on the podcast, she makes YouTube videos, and watches horror movies (as research for the podcast of course!)

 

Rachel lives in Canada with her husband and hedgehog, Vegeta. She makes YouTube videos on her channel TheShadesofOrange where she reviews horror, thrillers, and sci-fi books.

 

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Books In The Freezer Readathon - Oct 1-15th

 

  1. Read a horror book by a female author

[Frankenstein by Mary Shelley]

 

  1. Read a horror anthology or short story collection

[Ordinary Souls by J.S. Bailey]

 

  1. Read a horror book featuring or by an POC or LGBTQ+ person

[Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde]

 

  1. Read a horror book that has a movie adaptation

[The Women in Black by Susan Hill]

 

  1. Read a book we’ve recommended on the podcast

[The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson]

(show spoiler)

 

~The Ritual~

"Do not fear, Anne! We will save you from your demons!"

*whispers* "Lord Demon, we will bring you forth, oh Majestic Master."

 

 

 

"This guide book shoud help us...sweet friend."

*whispers* It will help us Lord Demon..."

 

"Grady Hendrix is a master of his craft, soon you shall be free...Ma-- Anne!"

 

"It is DONE!"

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 164 pages.

The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story - Susan Hill

My second time reading this. Not much to say. I enjoy it.

 

*cough*like the movie more*cough*

~The Babysitter~

"Girls, I am not sure it is a great idea to read this book to you while I'm babysitting!"

 

 

 

"Who brought the random head?"

 

 

"I guess we can read this, but you sure you don't want to pick another book?"

 

"What are you whispering about, Belle? Pay attention! You guys asked for this, after all."

 

"Hope, Alice... this is too scary for you, right? Fine...fine, I'll read it!"

 

 

The dolls are:

 

Aimerai: Belle (1/6 Scale) - Name: Alice


Doll Love: Fuyumi (1/6 Scale) - Name: Annabelle



IslandDoll: Aurora (1/3 Scale) - Name: Lucy



Gem of Doll: Yummy 1 (1/12 Scale) - Name: Hope

 

Doll Family H: Xiao Xin (1/3 Scale) - Name: Cole [Needs Body]

(show spoiler)

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 151 pages.

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (The 1818 Version) - Mary Wollstonecraft; Macdonald,  D. L.; Scherf,  Kathleen (editor) Shelley

The Books In The Freezer Readathon is going decently, I suppose. I'm still on the first book, but I have until the 15th to read my picks! (All of which are smaller books.)

 

Halfway done with Frankenstein. I am reading the $1 1818 Kindle version (the original text) and listening to the free public domain audiobook from Librivox at the same time. (Posted on Youtube) That helps me focus on classics. I have dyslexia, so sometimes my mind trips up on the old-fashioned language in classics.

 

The reason I looked for a copy of the recording on YouTube is that I like to speed up the audio to match how fast my brain works. (If that makes sense)

 

Free Public Domain Librivox Recording

 

$1 Kindle 1818 Version

SPOILER ALERT!

My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews [Mom & Daughter Review]

My Sweet Audrina - V.C. Andrews

 

Every Friday, my husband drops me off at the Half-Priced Bookstore and my mom picks me up when she gets off work. Otherwise, I would not see her often. I bought her this book because she couldn't remember if she read it (she has read other V.C. Andrews books and borrowed mine when I was a teenager!) My Sweet Audrina is a "Stand-Alone" novel V.C. Andrews wrote before passing away in 1986. In 2016, Andrew Neiderman, the ghostwriter hired to carry on V.C. Andrews name wrote a sequel.

 

List of V.C Andrews Books [and which are ghostwritten!]

 

This is a weird way to review, but hopefully, you go with it. I had a very special moment where I randomly had a book talk with my mom on Facebook and I wanted to share it. It is a memory I want to keep! This will contain spoilers! I advise you to please read the book before reading this. Unless you have no desire to or don't mind spoilers.

 

Be warned, I am putting a bunch of photos to show the kind of goofy person my mom is <3

 

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The whole interaction started with me posting this:

 

 

Mom: I finished my book, I need the next one!!

 

Leigha: The Audrina one? I need to read the second one, too. I'm a little put off that it is by a ghostwriter and may or may not be how VC Andrews wanted the story to go.

Mom: Yes! That's very true but I want to read it anyway...The one I just read was sooo good!

Leigha: Were you mad at the ending like I was?!

 

Mom: Yes, that's not how I thought it would end...

Leigha: I was so annoyed with Audrina! I know she cares about her sister, but part of me just wanted her to leave! I get why she stayed and I probably would have to if I was in her shoes and had a seemingly helpless person to look after.

Mom: I couldn't believe she was going to leave without her!!

 

Leigha: Sylvia refused to go and she knew her dad wouldn't hurt Sylvia. However, I think Sylvia threatened to jump from the tower thing and that is why Audrina stayed. I think Sylvia is to blame for some of the deaths in the house. Or partly to blame for accidents that ended in death. I also think she knows more/is smarter than they give her credit for.

Mom: Same, she was smarter than everyone thought. Vera was awful, I disliked her throughout the whole story.

Leigha: Yeah, but she is a tragic case. She had the brittle bone thing and was always hurt/sick/in the hospital and was neglected and knew her birth father refused to accept her as his daughter. That's got to mess you up.

 

Mom: True, but Audrina was never mean to her and she treated her so hateful. Jealousy, I suppose, but she could've had a friend in Audrina if she would've only treated her kinder.

Leigha: Yeah, which is something else that makes it so tragic. Vera was very close to having a friend (a sister by blood), but she let her childhood jealously fester. She knew they were sisters and that her father adores Audrina to the point of making up the whole lie about "first Audrina" being the one to get attacked and "killed" so Audrina would forget her memories. Vera had jealousy and probably mental health problems, depression and trauma from the way she was treated/neglected by her father. I think it is so sad that Vera died and they never got the chance to reconcile. I'm not sure Vera would want to after what she was going to do to Audrina, but still... Vera at least needed medical help for her mental health. I mean she went crazier over time and was going to let Audrina die.

Mom: I agree. Her own mother wasn't very loving towards her either.

 

Leigha: I think her mother held resentment toward Vera. She also didn't seem the type to know how to properly show her love. She loved Audrina's(and Vera) father so much (who can understand why!?) and when Audrina's mother died, she let him use her no matter how much it hurt her. Another sad case. This book was full of people with tragic backstories.

Mom: Yes, it was. I really want to see how the ghostwriter finishes Audrina's story.

Leigha: It is called Whitefern and looks like a doozy. Don't read the whole description. I think it gives too much away. It was published in 2016, so way after VC Andrews died. The reviews are really bad for this one. People are mad that the ghostwriter (and the publishers) are still piggybacking off VC Andrew's name and popularity.

 

Mom: Yeah, I just saw some of those reviews! I don't think any I saw were good! Oh no...

Leigha: I liked some of his ghostwritten books (back before I knew they were ghostwritten.) But people claim the more this man ghostwrites for VC Andrews, the worse he gets.

Mom: I'll just have to see for myself.

 

So will we like the ghostwritten sequel? The world may never know because we can't find a copy and I like to buy most of my books used in the wild (at the local HPB)

 

I believe if my mom did ratings, she would have given this a gushin5-star rating.

People with kids and kids at heart [Coraline GN, Ivy & Bean Kindle Sale!]

Coraline, the Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman is on sale for $1.99! I don't know how long it will be on sale and what part of the world this sale is for. I thought I would pass along the news. Here

 

 

Also anyone with kids (or kids at heart like me!) The first three Ivy & Bean books by Annie Barrows are on sale for $.99 each! Number 1, Number 2, Number 3 They are $3 after the first 3.

 

 

 

Further Into The Reveal [Unwrapped Blind Date!]

Some of you might have seen in previous posts me talking about a "Blind Date With A Book," and a video showing me unwrapping them. In this post, I will post pictures and more details about the banned books! Some I might have talked about before, some might also prove hard to find reasons it was banned.

 

 

Here is the group photo. Were you surprised by any of them? I am not surprised they all turned out to be classics or that several were school read in my time (probably still school reads today?)

 

 

 Of Mice and Men

Two migrant field workers in California on their plantation during the Great Depression—George Milton, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie Small, a bulky, strong man but mentally disabled—are in Soledad on their way to another part of California.

 

Banned or Challenged:

1953 - Banned in Ireland

1974 - Indiana - Banned in Syracuse

1977

Pennsylvania - Banned in Oil City

South Carolina - Challenged in Greenville by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

1979 - Michigan - Challenged but retained in Grand Blanc schools after being called "vulgar and blasphemous"

1980

New York - Challenged in Vernon-Verona-Sherill School District

Ohio - Challenged in Continental

1981 - Arizona - Challenged in Saint David

1982 - Indiana - Challenged in Tell City for "profanity and using God's name in vain"

1983 - Alabama - Banned from classroom use at Scottsboro Skyline HIgh School for profanity

1984 - Tennessee - The Knoxville School Board chairman vowed to have "filthy books" removed from Knoxville's public schools and picked this book as the first target for it's profanity

1987 - Kentucky - Reinstated at the Christian County school libraries and English classes after being challenged for being vulgar and offensive

1988

Illinois - Challenged at the Wheaton-Warrenville Middle school

Michigan - Challenged at the Barrien Springs High School for profanity

West Virginia - Challenged in the Marion County schools

 

The rest of the reasons can be found here

(show spoiler)

 

The Red Pony

The Red Pony is divided into four stories. Each story centers on a boy named Jody; the four together show him in a critical time of his childhood. In the first story, Jody is ten years old.

 

Banned or Challenged:

I had trouble finding out why other than what the paper says in the picture.

 

 

 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

On its surface, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a straightforward story about a boy and a runaway slave floating down the Mississippi River. But underneath, the book—which was published in the U.S. on February 18, 1885—is a subversive confrontation of slavery and racism.

 

Banned or Challenged:

1885 - Massachusetts - Banned in Concord as "trash and suitable only for the slums."

1905 - New York - Excluded from the Brooklyn Public Library's children's colleciton because "Huck not only itched but scratched, and that he said sweat when he should have said perspiration."

1930 - Confiscated at the USSR border

1957 - New York - Dropped from New York City list of books recommended for senior and junior high schools partly for use of racial language

1969 - Florida - Removed from Miami-Dade Junior College required reading because it "creates an emotional block for black students that inhibits learning."

1976 - Illinois - Challenged for racism at the New Trier High School at Winnetka

1981 - Pennsylvania - Challenged for racism at the Tamament Junior High in Warrington.

 

The rest of the reasons can be found here

(show spoiler)

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

An imaginative and mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, in the Mississippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. After playing hooky from school on Friday and dirtying his clothes in a fight, Tom is made to whitewash the fence as punishment on Saturday.

 

Banned or Challenged:

I had trouble finding more reasons, but it is probably clear that the reasons are similar to Huck Finn.

 

 

The Canterbury Tales

At the Tabard Inn, a tavern in Southwark, near London, the narrator joins a company of twenty-nine pilgrims. The pilgrims, like the narrator, are traveling to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury. The narrator gives a descriptive account of twenty-seven of these pilgrims, including a Knight, Squire, Yeoman, Prioress, Monk, Friar, Merchant, Clerk, Man of Law, Franklin, Haberdasher, Carpenter, Weaver, Dyer, Tapestry-Weaver, Cook, Shipman, Physician, Wife, Parson, Plowman, Miller, Manciple, Reeve, Summoner, Pardoner, and Host.

 

Banned or Challenged:

I couldn't find much info other than language, sexual innuendo, critical of powerful constituencies (the church)

 

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels Summary. Gulliver embarks on four separate voyages in Gulliver's Travels. There is a storm before every journey. All the four voyages add new perspectives to Gulliver's life and also give him new opportunities for satirizing the ways of England.

 

Banned or Challenged:

 

 

A hard one to find a good source. Here is what I could dig up. "Gulliver's Travels" is a famous satirical novel by Jonathan Swift, but the work has also been banned for the displays of madness, the public urination, and other controversial topics. Here, we are transported to through the dystopian experiences of Lemuel Gulliver, as he sees giants, talking horses, cities in the sky, and much more. The book was originally censored because of the politically sensitive references Swift makes in his novel. "Gulliver's Travels" was also banned in Ireland for being "wicked and obscene." William Makepeace Thackeray said of the book that it was "horrible, shameful, blasphemous, filthy in word, filthy in thought."

 

Source

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 Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–1602 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck.

 

Banned or Challenged:

 

Many of Shakespeare’s plays have fallen under suspicion, but in 1996, a school in New Hampshire removed this comedy because of the cross-dressing and the allusion to same-sex romance (which actually doesn’t happen in the narrative) — which they saw as breaking the school’s rule on “prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction.”

(show spoiler)

 

 

Le Morte d' Arthur

Le Morte d'Arthur is the tale of King Arthur. It begins with the formation of the Knights of the Round Table and follows the rise of King Arthur and his tragic fall. The story begins with Uther Pendragon, the King of England who lusts after Igraine, who happens to be the wife of the Duke of Tintagil.

 

Banned or Challenged:

I had a hard time finding more reasons other than what the paper in the photo says.

 

 

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he's telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanatorium.

 

Banned or Challenged:

 

 

1960 - Oklahoma - Teacher was fired in Tulsa from an 11th grade English position for assigning the book. Teacher appealed and was reinstated but the book was removed from the school

 

1963 - Ohio - Columbus parents asked the school board to ban the novel for being "anti-white" and "obscene." The school board refused.

 

1975 - Pennsylvania - Removed from reading list after parents complained about the language and content. The book was reinstated after the school board vote, orginally 5-4, was deemed illegal as they required a two-thirds vote in favor to remove a text.

 

1977 - New Jersey - Challenged and the board ruled the book could be read in an advanced placement class with parental permission.

 

1978 - Washington - Issaquah school removed it from their optional reading list

 

1979 - Michigan - Removed from the required reading list at Middleville.

 

1980 - Ohio - Removed from Jackson Milton school libraries in North Jackson

 

1982

 

Alabama - Removed from Anniston High School libraries and later reinstated

 

Manitoba, Canada - Removed from school libraries in Morris along with two other books as they violate committee's guidelines covering "excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things  concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult."

 

 

 

The rest of the reasons can be found here

(show spoiler)

 

 

 To Kill A Mockingbird

Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. Scout spends her summers playing with Jem and their friend Dill, who visits his aunt in Maycomb each summer. The children become obsessed with Boo Radley, the reclusive neighbor rumored to have stabbed his own father in the leg with a pair of scissors.

 

Banned or Challenged:

 

 
2018

After a mother complained to the superintendent that her son was uncomfortable with the N-word, the novel was removed from the 8th-grade curriculum at Biloxi (MS) Public Schools in the middle of teaching it, without following policy. After national outcry, the book is available to be taught as an optional assignments with the written permission of a parent. At Hamilton (AZ) High School, parents expressed concern over a school assignment addressing the use of the N-word in the classic novel.

 

2017

Retained in the Accomack County (VA) Public Schools. A parent objected to racial slurs in the book. After being temporarily removed on Nov. 29, 2016, the book was reinstated on Dec. 6 by the school board.

 

2012

Banned or challenged for offensive language and racism.

 

2010

Removed from the St. Edmund Campion Secondary School classrooms in Brampton (Ontario, Canada) because a parent objected to language used in the novel, including the N-word.

 

The rest of the reasons can be found here.

(show spoiler)
 

Day 1 Books In The Freezer Readathon!

Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley

Starting with some Frankenstein. I am also listening to the Frakenstein soundtrack. It really sets the mood! Books in the Freezer is a podcast celebrating their 1 year anniversary.

 

A podcast discussing the deliciously disturbing world of horror fiction!

 

Owners of podcast (from their website)

Stephanie lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, son, Beagle and cat. When she’s not working on the podcast, she makes YouTube videos, and watches horror movies (as research for the podcast of course!)

 

Rachel lives in Canada with her husband and hedgehog, Vegeta. She makes YouTube videos on her channel TheShadesofOrange where she reviews horror, thrillers, and sci-fi books.

 

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Books In The Freezer Readathon - Oct 1-15th

 

  1. Read a horror book by a female author

[Frankenstein by Mary Shelley]

 

  1. Read a horror anthology or short story collection

[Ordinary Souls by J.S. Bailey]

 

  1. Read a horror book featuring or by an POC or LGBTQ+ person

[Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde]

 

  1. Read a horror book that has a movie adaptation

[The Women in Black by Susan Hill]

 

  1. Read a book we’ve recommended on the podcast

[The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson]

The Reveal! Please excuse how awkward I am! Also I had some technical diffuculties at the end, so I am sorry that the video cuts off.

Blind Date With A Book, Banned Style!

My local store is really stepping it up with their banned book section.

 

Today when I went in they had a bunch of wrapped banned books. I know it is a gamble to take a book only based on why it was banned, but I couldn't resist. I like the mystery behind "Blind Date With A Book." I bought most of their wrapped books. Oops.

 

There is a chance I own some of these. The reason for banning sounds familar. If I do own them, I will find them a good home. Stay tuned for a video of me upwrapping these!

 

Please put your guesses below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More banned books!

I recently did a couple posts about banned books, but this is a topic that could sadly go on forever.

 

I decided to look up and see which books are banned or challenged that I have either read or know a lot about (because of maybe media, it was made into a movie...etc.) I will leave links to my resources. (Most will probably have more books that I don't list here.) Please note that I do not think any book should be banned, even "bad" ones, even problematic ones. Problematic books can start discussions. Trigger Warning: The last book mentioned is about the subject of rape.

 

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1. Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

 

 Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic series about a man living in the jungle was pulled from the shelves of a public library in the appropriately named town of Tarzana, California. Authorities thought the adventure stories unsuitable for youngsters, since there was no evidence that Tarzan and Jane had married before they started cohabiting in the treetops. 

 

My thoughts: I never read the books. I saw the movie version, but I can't imagine the books were worth banning. The reason for it being banned speaks of the times from which it was published, I suppose.

 

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2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 

 

 When the book was finally published in 1963, the book was banned because adults found it problematic that Max was punished by being sent to bed without dinner, and they also bristled at the book's supernatural themes. A 1969 column in Ladies Home Journal deemed the book "psychologically damaging for 3- and 4-year-olds."

 

My thoughts: Aw, really? I love this book and also the movie. I don't think we have to worrry about a 3 or 4 year old being damaged from it. I mean, know your child before reading a book that might be too scary for them.

 

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3. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

 

 

 Some schools blocked Louise Fitzhugh's book from shelves when it came out in the 1960s because of concerns that the 11-year-old child's penchant for peeping on her neighbors, jotting down her brutally honest observations, and being generally disagreeable could negatively influence kids by setting a bad example. Early critics argued that Harriet "didn't spy, but rather gossiped, slandered, and hurt other people without feeling sorry about her actions," Thought Co. said.

 

My thoughts: I have a blind spot for this book. I loved it as a child and it is one of the first chapter books that really got me into reading and grew my love of writing. Why shouldn't Harriet be allowed to write her true feelings? Her notebooks were stolen; they were never meant to be read. My reading this at 11/12 turned me into a spy! I kept a journal and everything. I "spied" on people, but I wasn't cruel. I just wrote what I saw. Looking back, I see that as a kid, you see and hear more than you should. Harriet should not be banned.

 

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4. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

 

 

 A parents group in Kansas decided that any book featuring two talking animals must be the work of the devil, and so had E.B. White's 1952 work barred from classrooms. The group's central complaint was that humans are the highest level of God's creation, as shown by, they said, the fact we're "the only creatures that can communicate vocally. Showing lower life forms with human abilities is sacrilegious and disrespectful to God."

 

My thoughts: *sigh* This book is harmless. It's sad, sure! It is going to give a bunch of kids their first good book cry, but I don't see how anyone could think this book should be banned. I loved this as a child, still as an adult.

 

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5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 

 

Parents have taken issue with its “excerpts on masturbation,” claiming it “encourages pornography.” According to PBS, the novel has also come under fire for “vulgarity, racism and anti-Christian content.” But Alexie himself seems unfazed about his popular book being banned, saying in 2013, “I knew it would.”

 

My thoughts: I have yet to read this book, so I can't say if the masturbation part was explicit. I've heard a lot about the book and about how important the story is. I don't think the masterbation scene is grounds to ban the book. Young people (the character is 14) are starting to learn about their bodies. We need to stop making the subject so taboo. For the most part, I think kids, especially teenagers should be able to read what they want, but parents should be aware of the content of the media they are consuming, because of course there are things that go over the line. The line is something you and your child should discuss.

 

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6. Forever by Judy Blume

 

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 This book has been banned a lot, for many reasons. Here are some. Promoting "the stranglehold of humanism on life in America. It demoralizes marital sex. Language, masturbation, birth control, and disobedience to parents. Pornography and explores areas God didn't intend to explore outside of marriage. It's basically a sexual 'how-to-do' book for junior high students. It glamorizes sex and puts ideas in their heads.

 

My thoughts: I'll be honest. I do not like this book. It is a fast read, so quite easy to read. Several things in this made me feel like I was all slime covered and uncomfortable. It is really a shame; I do remember her children books with fond memories. I still believe she is a good writer. I understand why this book may have been important for the time period it was written in, but I still think the relationship in the book was toxic and should not have been anyone's reference guide to love and relationships. I STILL DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE BANNED! However, I would say this is a "how not to" guide in my opinion.

 

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7. Goosebumps by R. L. Stine

 

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Most of the reasons given for banning or challenging these are "too scary for intended age group."

 

My thoughts: Come on! Most of us on here enjoy horror, right? These books were so important to me when I was a kid. I loved reading them. (And Fear Street) I never thought they were too scary. Some people like the feeling of being spooked, even kids. If your kid is too scared of these books...news flash, they don't have to read them until they are ready. If they insist on reading them, despite getting nightmares, fear not, they are just horror lovers in training!

 

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8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

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A vocal group of Christians has been resistant to Harry’s charms from the start. Members of this community, who believe the Bible to be literal truth, campaigned vigorously to keep J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novels out of classrooms and libraries. They even staged public book burnings across the country, at which children and parents were invited to cast Rowling’s books into the flames. Their reasons: Portrayal of magic is likely to attract unsuspecting children to real-world witchcraft. When Harry disobeys his cruel Muggle guardians or flouts Dumbledore’s rules to save his friends, he actively encourages child readers to engage in lying and disobedience, which are explicitly forbidden by the Bible. The morals and ethics in Rowling’s fantasy tales are at best unclear, and at worst, patently unbiblical.

 

My thoughts: I cry. Book burning? Just no. I love these books, of course. I grew up with them. I can't imagine there are people out there not allowed to go to Hogwarts. To each their own, but please don't hurt the books.

 

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9. Carrie by Stephen King

 

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Another book with many reasons for being banned. Here are some: Trash (Stephen would hope you mean "good" trash, at least.) It could “harm” students, especially “younger girls.” It does not meet the standards of the community. Language, sexual descriptions and satanic killings.

 

My thoughts: It is horor. What do you expect there to be? Sunshine and daisies? I don't think King should be banned, though he does have *cough* some eyebrow raising content in his books (IT). I think, once again, parents should be aware of what their kids are reading. If you're an adult and think it should be banned for the above reasons... well, just don't read it and let others read it who might enjoy it. For the record, I enjoyed the book.

 

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10. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

 

Reasons for banning: It is soft-pornography and glorifies drinking, cursing, and premarital sex, as well as teaching principles contrary to the Bible.

 

My thoughts: I am disgusted. Do they not even read books before banning/challenging them? They are calling rape soft porn?! The underage sex was rape. Teens are not angels. Some do drink and curse, but this book did not go over the line as far as drinking and cursing. It tells the stories of a girl coping with the aftermath of being raped... ugh, I can't even. It is an important book. All ages and genders should read it. It ends, giving the reader a sense of hope. Imagine if you were raped or asulted or had another hard thing you were going through and you read a book like this that ended with "I am healing. I will be okay." It is the hope that one day you will also be okay.

 

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Resourcs:

 

http://www.bannedlibrary.com/podcast/2018/3/7/speak-by-laurie-halse-anderson

http://www.bannedlibrary.com/podcast/2015/8/30/carrie

https://education.good.is/articles/harry-potter-censorship-schools

http://www.bannedlibrary.com/podcast/2014/7/6/forever

http://educationpost.org/these-11-books-were-banned-but-you-should-read-them-anyway/

http://theweek.com/articles/459795/17-americas-most-surprising-banned-books

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Read Banned Books!

I took some photography of the banned book display at my local used bookstore. Are you shocked by some of these books?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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