It’s Banned Books Week again! This year, I’m participating in the Banned Book-a-thon, hosted by Catrina aka Little Book Owl. It starts today, and runs through October 1. I love reading banned books, because I don’t think books should necessarily be censored (and I’m a reading rebel). Obviously, there are books on this list children shouldn’t read, but, in my experience, there are way too many books banned simply because they include some form of diversity – check out my post on why diverse books are important. If you’re interested, you can also read the list of my favorite banned books, which I published last year.
I’m keeping this week’s list a little short because I’m just coming off of a reading slump and don’t want to push it. And grad school is kind of kicking my ass at the moment. But I am still really excited about this readathon, because the theme is diversity, and I’ve found that so many banned books are banned because of their diverse content.
The only book I’m 100% sure I’m going to be reading this week is:
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I got the audiobook version (actually, I accidentally got two different audiobook versions – oops), so I plan on listening to it during my commute this week. I’ve had it for a while, so I’m excited to finally get around to it. I can’t find any evidence of this being a diverse book, but I still think it’s going to be a great addition to this week’s reading.
I’m also going to be choosing (hopefully) a few books from the following list of banned books I own and really want to get to:
Habibi by Craig Thompson. This one is at the top of my list, because of its title. I’m half Palestinian, and “habibi” is always something my aunts and grandmother have called me. In Arabic, it means something like “sweetheart.” Habibi is a graphic novel about two Islamic refugee child slaves (that got a five-star rating on Goodreads from Patrick Rothfuss). Clearly, I need to read this.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. I picked this book up a while ago, and I think this is the perfect opportunity to read it. It centers around a boy who, because he is black and dressed in baggy clothes, is assumed to be stealing and is beaten by cops. Definitely relevant to today’s society, and it’s gotten great reviews. I’m looking forward to this one!
George by Alex Gino. This one’s been recommended to me a few times, and it looks really good! It’s a young adult novel featuring a transgender main character, which is something I definitely haven’t read a lot of. And I need to fix that.
Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I figured I’d throw in a nice short graphic novel as a break between the other, longer books. This volume came out a few months ago, and I still haven’t gotten to it, so I think it’s perfect!
If you’re participating in the Banned Book-a-thon, or just celebrating Banned Books Week, let me know what you’re planning on reading! Banned Books Week runs from today (September 25) through October 1 this year.