It’s Banned Books Week! (Sept 22-28)

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.

According to ALA, these are last year’s most challenged/banned books:

“George,” by Alex Gino

This children’s novel made the list because it features a transgender character, according to the ALA.

“A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” by Jill Twiss, illustrated by E. G. Keller

The American Library Association reports LGBTQIA+ content, political and religious viewpoints are among the reasons why this book was challenged.

“Captain Underpants” series, written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

This book made the list because it includes a same-sex couple, which those calling for the ban perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, the ALA said.

“The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas

Thomas’ debut novel, written as a reaction to the police shooting of Oscar Grant, includes drug use, profanity and sexual references, which are reasons it was challenged. It was also deemed “anti-cop,” according to the ALA.

“Drama,” written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

This graphic novel is on the list because it features LGBTQIA+ characters and themes.

“Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher

A novel turned Netflix series centers around teen suicide, which is the reason the ALA said it made the list.

“This One Summer,” by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

A coming-of-age story is illustrated in this graphic novel and was banned or challenged because of certain illustrations and because it includes profanity and sexual references.

“Skippyjon Jones” series, written and illustrated by Judy Schachner

A Siamese cat takes center stage in this children’s picture book. It made the list due to its depiction of cultural stereotypes, the ALA said.

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie

This novel was challenged or banned due to its inclusion of profanity, sexual references and its religious viewpoint.

“This Day in June,” by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

This picture book illustrates a Pride parade, and its inclusion of LGBTQIA+ content is the reason it was challenged or banned.

“Two Boys Kissing,” by David Levithan

If the title isn’t obvious, the young adult novel explores gay teens journey to love and acceptance. It was challenged due to its LGBTQIA+ content.

THOUGHTS

I can’t even begin to express how crazy I think this list is. Naturally because of the main reason against banning the majority of them in the first place: inclusion or prominent feature of LGBTQUIA+/QUILTBAG+ content. Why this is still an issue in this day and age astounds me. Truly.

I could understand if a book was made for very young children and features highly sexual situations or something like that– REGARDLESS of sexual or romantic preference. I still don’t think it should be BANNED, merely supervised or perhaps held off until a child is older to be introduced to. (And NO, featuring a gay couple isn’t a “sexual topic” or “sexual situation” folks. If that were true, then every single book about straight people would have to be labeled a “sexual book” too, since the fact that it has straight people in it MUST MEAN THERE’S STRAIGHT SEX INVOLVED. At least, that’s the logic these people are basing their judgment off of. =A= People see QUILTBAG+ individuals as nothing other than their sexual preference and it’s appalling, really. They’re PEOPLE, just like anyone else. Having one, two, or a group of them featured in a book should NOT be reason enough to ban or challenge it. That’s my very firm take on it.)

DISCUSSION

Have you read any of these books within the last year (or ever)? What did you think of them? Do you agree that they should be banned or find the accusations thrown at them preposterous? Comment below! I’d love to hear your take on it (even if it differs from mine).

[Reckless Beat & SOTD] Happy First Day Of Autumn!!!

RECKLESS BEATS is a musical feature where I incorporate a little music into this bookish blog.

*sings* Autumn is heeeerrrreeee~~~!

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The season of cozying up with some coffee or tea, a warm blanket, and a good book is heeeeeeerrrrreeeeeee~~~~

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I honestly cannot be more excited. Autumn and Winter are my FAVOURITE SEASONS and they’re finally just around the corner! In fact… one begins today with the Autumnal Equinox! ♥

And since the First Day of Autumn falls on a Monday this year…

AND Monday is one of our days when Reckless Beats are scheduled here on Reckless Indulgence…

We’re going to go a bit classic and classical with some of my favourite seasonal tunes~ 😀 Not all of them are LITERAL autumn or September related songs. Some will just simply be songs that give me a feel of the season or when I hear them, makes me think of Fall.

Hope you enjoy!!

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AUTUMNAL MELODIES

PLAYLIST

Vivaldi – Four Seasons (Autumn)
Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends
Earth, Wind, & Fire – September
Emilie Autumn – Shalott
Neil Diamond – Harvest Moon (unplugged)
Ed Sheeran – Autumn Leaves
The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
Fiona Apple – Pale September
Akiko Yano – Autumn Song
The Smiths – Stretch out and Wait
Paolo Nutini – Autumn
The Cure – Last Days of Summer
Billy Talent – Fallen Leaves
Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Simon & Garfunkel – Leaves That Are Green
Alexi Murdoch – All My Days
Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Mumford & Son – Where Are You Now
Fiona Apple – Across The Universe
Bright Eyes – We Are Nowhere And It’s Now
Ingrid Michaelson – Keep Breathing