One Liner Wednesday – Be Cool Read Banned Books

“When the Viennese government compiled a Catalogue of Forbidden Books in 1765, so many Austrians used it as a reading guide that the Hapsburg censors were forced to include the Catalogue itself as a forbidden book.”

Craig Nelson

Book bans and challenges are nothing new, but they should alarm us. I have decided to add banned or challenged books to my 2022 reading list.

What is your favorite banned or challenged book?  You might be surprised how many classics are on those lists.

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41 thoughts on “One Liner Wednesday – Be Cool Read Banned Books”

  1. I like the idea of using the banned book list as my reading guide. That quote does my heart good. Same as it ever was BUT with the www no way can all *forbidden* books be banned.

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    1. I was surprised at some of the books that have been challenged over the years. I love it when book stores make banned books available. The first on my list in Maus. I know it is not easy to see and read, but imagine the horror of living through it.

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  2. I just looked up a list of Banned books from Barnes and Nobles and was surprised to see, Where the Wild Things Are. Must be that wild rumpus.

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      1. Good grief! I had not considered any of these things to be offensive or risky. What I love about Where the Wild Things Are is the journey of imagination that only takes a couple hours. Max seems like a typical, maybe hyperactive, kid who gets a little rowdy one evening. And he still gets his supper.

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    1. I have read many of the classics. So many have been challenged and re challenged over the years. There are many lists. I googled ‘top 100 books challenged or banned’ for a good list.

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  3. I think you (As in some parts of America) have banned Huckleberry Finn. I read that. I also read Lady Chatterley’s Lover when it was temporarily banned in Britain. As for the rest, I read what I think I will enjoy, banned or not.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Agreed but unfortunately, that choice is taken away from many of our children. It is interesting how many offensive things we let ride if we do not find them personally objectionable.

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  4. My Provocative Question post today was all about banned books and I listed a bunch of them, so many of which are true literary classics. It’s unbelievable to me that we have, as a nation, gotten to this point.

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    1. It is hard not to keep this in our minds with the craziness going on now. There is so much violence in the video games that babysit America’s children, but something about the written word really scares people. Of course, it has always been so. Book banning and challenges are not new, but there is so much of an attempt to hide our history I find it offensive. I will be reading your post shortly. Thanks for commenting, Fandango.

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  5. What is happening right now in Florida is appalling around books and discussions. Apparently De Santis thinks if little kids never learn about gay citizens they will be “safer.” Agh.

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  6. The very fact that banning anything normally increases people’s desire to see it/read it/
    experience it is a good reason not to be so stupid, in the first place, as to think banning works.

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          1. It is beautiful, sad and an eye opener. But to be honest A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, (author of The Kite Runner) is by far the best book to read. 💜


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