Banned Books Week

I did not write a long post honoring banned books week, but Steph did and it’s awesome. You should go read it!

I find history to be fascinating. It was my favorite subject in school and it’s one of my favorite channels on TV (minus all the “reality” and alien shows they play). History is both enlightening and damning, oppressive and liberating. I feel like history goes hand-in-hand with books and banned books week. In honor of September 25th kicking off Banned Books Week, I wanted to share my favorite banned, challenged, controversial, or censored books. These books have raised eyebrows both within our borders and abroad.

My Favorite Banned Books

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This isn’t just my favorite banned book- it’s my favorite book ever. If you haven’t read AiW then you need to block off 3 hours this weekend and tackle it. I don’t know- it might take you less than three hours! It’s zany and odd and insightful and kooky and fun. I love it so much!

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think I need to say much here. Banned for it’s witchcraft and devilry, loved for it’s magic and morality.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To be totally honest, I don’t actually like this book. I hate almost all the characters and the plot twists my stomach. But that’s what makes it so good- humans are flawed and lessons are learned (by the reader… the characters, not so much).

James & The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
I haven’t read this book, but I’ve seen the movie (-gasp-). I want to read the book, though!

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I haven’t read this book in +10 years, but I remember liking it. And feeling sad.
*Another short one if you’re looking for a banned book to read next week!

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I love this book. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love this book… (I haven’t read the se/pre/quel and I don’t want to.)

Forever by Judy Blume
I don’t know how this book came into my possession, but after I read it I hide it behind all the other books on my bedroom bookshelf because my mom used to read my books and I was so embarrassed that she might find it. I mean, it talks about *sex*, you guys!

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The most badass thing about this book is the author 😉

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (short story)
I read this in high school or college and remember loving it. It’s so…. twisted. This one takes 20 minutes to read- check it out this week!

I wanted to have a solid 10, but I won’t lie and pretend like I enjoyed The Giver, Of Mice and Men, or The Grapes of Wrath. I hated those books- glad I read them, but I hated them.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite banned books?

*I am impressed by my use of the word “devilry.” I need to work that into my daily vocabulary.

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Things I Thought Would be More Fun as an Adult

Like most children, when I was young I believed that being an adult meant I’d have unlimited freedom and I could “do whatever I wanted to do.” Har har har. Now I look back at that 9 year old and tell her to go grab a juice box and watch some cartoons.

Adult Fun

Here are all the glorious luxuries that I believed accompanied being a grown up.

| Making money and spending it however I want. |
Well, I do have a job so I do make money… but once it goes to the mortgage, utilities, debt, and savings I don’t have much of that money left…

| Staying up as late as I want to. |
Which is 8pm. But as a functioning adult I force myself to stay up until 10 or 11pm.

| Waking up early to play with my toys. |
HA. I barely wake up early enough to shower before work, let alone hang out with my beanie babies.

| Hanging out with my friends whenever I want to. |
This is actually true-ish and was very accurate in college… but this requires me and those friends to have free time and we all know that doesn’t always happen…

| Adopting all the animals I want and bringing home every stray. |
My husband put the kibosh on this one… which is actually a good thing.

| Spending the night with K and having sleepovers all the time. |
Yep… I loved going from a bed where all the covers, pillows, and blankets belonged to me to a bed where I share EVERYTHING with a snoring, thrashing, heat-producing partner.

| Not having my parents tell me what to do all the time. |
And now I literally seek out their advice. Yep… I’m THAT adult.

| Watching R-rated movie. |
I don’t even like R-rated movies…

| Avoiding my chores and doing the fun stuff first. |
My mother ruined me. As a child I was taught that you work first to play later. I can’t relax and chill unless the laundry is done and the dishes are clean and the living room is vacuumed. UGH.

| Not having to go to church/the dentist/Lowe’s/anywhere I don’t want to go. |
First of all, now I want to go to church so that’s off the list. Secondly, I still avoid the dentist and that’s why my teeth hurt… And owning a home forces me to go to Lowe’s, even though I still hate that store.

( + SIDE NOTE: I have a love/hate relationship with an empty bed. I really do love drifting off next to my hubby and surrounded by our pups. Also, I don’t actually play with Beanie Babies anymore, but in my heyday I boasted a collection of +120. + )

Did adulthood live up to your childhood expectations? What were some things you were “looking forward to”? Am I the only one with an irrational hatred for Lowe’s?

-Louise