Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. There is a new discussion question each week. You can find all the details on her page. Hope you all decide to join!
This week’s question: Let’s talk banned books. How do you feel about book banning? What are some of the banned books you have read?
I believe there are a lot of books that should be banned. Not only banned from people reading them, but banned from existence. Burn them, I say!
Yeah, right. Of course I’m against banning books. Obviously there are certain books that should be banned from certain places. I wouldn’t be okay with 50 Shades of Grey being in a middle school. But should it be banned in general? No. Just because I’m not a fan doesn’t mean I have a right to forbid other adults from reading it.
As far as reading banned books, I certainly have. C’mon, have you seen some of those lists of banned books? I’ve read banned books and didn’t even know they were banned or challenged. It’s ridiculous. It”s interesting to see how certain states, counties, or schools will ban a book while a different school will use it as part of their curriculum. For instance, I read To Kill a Mockingbird in school, but it’s banned in some schools.
I think parents should determine whether a book is appropriate for their child or not. Then again, some parents jut don”t have a clue. I used to hang out in my grandparent home office/library all the time. One day I gravitated to a book called Christine by Stephen King. Heard of it? Yeah, I bet. I was only in 5th or 6th grade and only took interest because the title is so similar to my name. I read it and loved it. Then I started reading Dean Koontz and John Saul. My mom and I were in a used bookstore when I was in 8th or 9th grade buying a Koontz book, and the older guy working there had a problem with me reading them and said in a dickish tone to me “would you want your daughter reading this?” I replied “As long as she’s reading.” He shut up and I never gave him my business again. And I gave him a lot prior to that. Moral of the story? I’ll read whatever the eff I want!