Beach Reading: Banned Books Week September 26-October 2

There’s no better time to read than on a cruise, when you can take off your shoes, have a drink of your choice, and read whatever book you’ve saved for this opportunity.

Is this a good idea for you? We have some suggestions for all fall cruisers (and everyone else)! Pack one or two of these books in a suitcase or tablet for your next vacation.

Banned Books Week starts on September 26th and runs until October 2nd.

Books are challenged for many reasons, such as: race, LGBTQIA+, politics, obscenity, sexuality, religion, and other “controversial” topics.

Books marketed to children are particularly prone to target lists, as parents worry about materials taught in schools or on library shelves. But often, these books are called canons because they contain truths that we don’t always want to hear.

I have compiled a list of books that have been or have been challenged for their content. I challenge you to pick a few to add to your reading list!

  • John Green’s Rich Catherine: Colin had something for a girl named Catherine, but it always ended in heartbreak. To prove this hypothesis, he and his friends embarked on a road trip.Challenge – Sexual Content
  • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe Benjamin Ariel Sarnes: Two boys meet, one confident and self-assured, the other more protective. Somehow, they developed a friendship that allowed both of them to blossom during their teenage years. Challenge – LGBTQIA+
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: Told from a dog’s perspective, this story offers a moving perspective on his human life.Challenge – Alleged Sexual Abuse
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya: A therapist came to New Mexico to live with Antonio’s family. She taught him how to face prejudice, moral breakdown, and death.Challenge – Adult language, violence, pornography, profanity
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: A young black girl prays for her eyes to be blue so she can be as beautiful as America’s blond child.Challenges – Pornography, Politics, Racism
  • Strange incident with Mark Haddon’s nighttime dog: An autistic boy begins investigating the suspicious death of a nearby dog.Challenge – Offensive Language
  • John Steinbeck’s East of Eden: The Fall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry of Cain and Abel are reenacted for two families in California’s Salinas Valley.Challenges – offensive language, prostitution
  • Janet Walls’ Glass Castle: Walls’ Memoir tells the story of her dysfunctional family and how her parents’ unruly behavior led them to live like nomads.Challenge – Offensive Language, Sexual Content
  • Angie Thomas Hate: Starcat might go to an upscale suburban prep school, but the neighborhood she lives in is far from affluent. She is torn between being safe and being right when she sees her best friend being shot dead by police while unarmed.Challenges – offensive language, racism
  • The House of Souls by Isabel Allende: a family saga of three generations of the Trueba family, weaving personal and political stories with love, magic and destiny.Challenge – Sexual Content
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks of Rebecca Skloot: Henrietta Lacks was a poor farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge when she developed cancer. These cells continue to be the most important tools in modern medicine, as they were the first “immortal” human cells to grow in culture and have been used in countless treatments and treatments. Challenge – Porn (Note: Challenger confuses porn with gynecology and science, there is no porn in the book.)
  • Kite Runners by Khaled Hosseini: Two boys compete in a local kite flying competition in Afghanistan in the 1970s. An unexpected event destroys their lives. The Russians invade and the family must flee to America.Challenge – Sexual Content, Offensive Language
  • Native Son by Richard Wright: This book tells the story of a young black man who is caught in a spiral after killing a young white woman in a brief panic Falling story.Challenge – Sexual Content, Violence, Offensive Language
  • Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses: In this dystopian romance, our normal perceptions of classism and racism are upended. The Crosses, the dark-skinned ruling class, cannot be mixed with the Noughts, the colorless members of the lower class. Sefi and Callum’s romance is set against a backdrop of growing tension and terrorism.Challenge – Racism, Political Terrorism
  • Laurie Halse Anderson speaks: A high school student who was shunned for calling the police at a party is trying to recover from a horrific experience through her art.Challenge – Sexual Violence, Prejudice Against Male Students
  • David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing: Two boys try to set a new Guinness World Record for kissing and put the spotlight on other LGBTQIA+ teens. Challenge – LGBTQIA+

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