It’s been a while since I’ve done a What I’m Reading post, and I thought today would be a great time for an update. It is currently Banned Books Week, so I’m tackling a few banned books this week and wanted to share. I’ll talk more about my thoughts on some of these books in my wrap up on Saturday, and I might end up reviewing some of them, so these are just my thoughts on the books I am reading at the moment.
For Banned Books Week, I decided to read a book that’s new to me, but looks amazing: Habibi by Craig Thompson. This is a (large) graphic novel about two Muslim orphans who find each other and have to figure out how to survive. I’m about a third of the way into this book (it’s really heavy, so I haven’t been able to bring it anywhere to read), and I love it so far. The art style is gorgeous, and the story is amazing. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book, some of which involves the reasons it was banned, but I’m enjoying reading it. It’s different than other graphic novels I’ve read – I like the epic nature of the story, and how it’s related back to Islamic origin stories and legends. And, seriously, it’s beautiful. There are full-page, hand-drawn, intricate patterns dividing some of the sections, and I just can’t handle how pretty they are.
I am also in the middle of reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and Banned Books Week turned out to be the perfect opportunity. The plot centers around a boy who, because he is black and dressed in baggy jeans and a hoodie, is assumed to be stealing. When he tries to explain that he was going to pay for his bag of chips, the cop arresting him beats him into a coma. Definitely relevant to today’s society, and I think it’s an important book that more people should know about. It took me a while to get used to the writing, but I’m really enjoying it so far.
I am also planning on reading Maurice Sendak’s The Night Kitchen in the next day or two. Not sure what it’s about, but I LOVE Where the Wild Things Are (also by Sendak), and it’s banned, so I figured why not read it this week? I’ve already read a young adult book (Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell) and a middle-grade book (George by Alex Gino), so I thought it would be cool to throw a children’s book in the mix, and make it a well-rounded Banned Books Week.
What are you currently reading? Anything for Banned Books Week?