#BannedBooksWeek! “What The Friday!?!?!” Shocking List Of Booking Banned Today!

“What The Friday?!??!” Shocking #BannedBooksWeek Facts!

This week’s “What The Friday?!” is more serious, as it comes during #BannedBooksWeek.

Authors, Bloggers and fans of freedom have all helped to showcase the censorship that still exists today: like this list of books that are STILL being banned in the US as we speak!

It really stuns me that novels like “13 Reasons Why”, which has been turned into an acclaimed Netflix series, is still banned in some places…yes, I know the TV show is controversial as well, but you cannot stick your head in the sand and pretend that, by not discussing teen suicide, it won’t happen!

That topic is just one of the “hot button” issues that lead to censorship:

As you can see, there are many issues that adults are trying to censor – but you can’t pretend that LGBTQIA+ doesn’t exist, or that you can keep people from finding out more – at the very least it leads to understanding and acceptance that people have the right to live the lives they want!

Also, thanks SO much to these two terrific Bloggers – who have shared details on books being banned today – please click to see more:

https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/2019/09/22/banned-books-week-2019/?c=46372#comment-46372

Both of these blogs share more information on what’s going on with the issue, and places to go for more details:

https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/2019/09/22/this-is-bannedbooksweek/

They are both great Bloggers – you should follow them!

I started #BannedBooksWeek with a look at the banned AND prosecuted “Naked Lunch”:

You can read more about this piece of pop culture history by clicking on my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/09/23/naked-lunch-banned-books-week-has-cult-movie-monday-this-banned-book-turned-into-unfilmable-film/

I also shared a look at a book that was actually written under an assumed name – because the two Authors were afraid they would be jailed or deported for writing it!

That’s right, there was no “Maxwell Kenton” – but when governments crack down on Writers, no one is safe…read the story of “Candy” here:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/09/25/banned-book-week-tastes-forbidden-candy-wednesdays-bookmobile-has-fascinating-candy-men-to-talk-obscenity-and-literature/

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Bravo to my follow bloggers for sharing this powerful information about #BannedBooksWeek, and remember – if you don’t like it, don’t read it – but don’t trample on freedom of speech!



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21 replies

  1. I was given this exact flyer tonight at our Silent Book Club meeting at the library!

  2. I find it very concerning that so many books are banned due to LGBT+ inclusion. That’s so backwards! If I’m honest, seeing that a book is banned makes me want to read it even more!

  3. Thanks for the list! I definitely now want to read “The Hate U Give!”

  4. Thanks for your kind words and support John. I find it mind boggling that we’re still having the same discussion in 2019. Another thing that’s happening now is LGBTQ authors being banned from author events, even at public libraries. I’m going to try to do a post about this over the weekend if the migraine I’ve been battling all week will take a break.

  5. As far as the children’s banned books, I assume it is banned by schools. Probably Catholic schools which do not promote same-sex relationships or activity. Parents have the right to choose what books their children can read. As far as public school libraries go, schools and libraries choose what books go in. Not necessarily banning books but not picking controversial books for their shelves.
    I don’t think they are making piles and burning them. Just choosing not to promote such books. Families can go to a public library or order on Amazon books that welcome LGBTQIA audiences.
    As far as I am concerned, as long as they are reading, that’s what matters. I see such a decline in readership. Very few students in high school choose to read in their spare time. Whether it’s conservative or liberal material.

  6. Banning books, authors scared to have their name in print; tragic. But if anyone can expose the list, encourage books to be read … it would be a person of strength and determination. A person who dislikes injustice, like yourself. I will be back to check out more titles and both the bkoggers you suggest. Thank you John.

  7. As I mentioned on Kim’s blog, this whole issue concerns me a great deal. First they ban the books, then they burn them, then they persecute the writers. Before you know it, it’s Nazi Germany all over again.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Exactly Pete…we are living through a time right now where there are “alternative facts” – where lies and deceit are used to divert attention from the truth…and where people are being told what to think and believe…not good at all and far from over…

  8. The banned book week sure is an interesting phenomenon, considering everything they show on TV..
    For some reason it made me think about MARKUS ZUSAK’S first novel THE BOOK THIEF.

    Thanks for the coffee!

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