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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 Banned Books Challenge

Hi, everyone! Time for a 2013 Reading Challenge!!

photo credit: Love Of Books by George Hodan

This challenge is being hosted by Christine at Buckling Bookshelves.

Here are the details copied Christine's blog:
2013 Banned Books Challenge

DATEThe challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through the first day of Banned Books Week 2013 (still TBD) -- the rest of the week will be used to wrap-up the challenge.

RULES: The only rules are that books read for this challenge must appear on one of the ALA's lists of frequently challenged books -- there are multiple lists split up by author, year, decade, & a separate list for Banned & Challenged Classics, so there should be plenty of options to choose from.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Write a post, as long or short as you like, about your participation in this challenge and linking to this post. If you don't have a blog, you can leave a comment here instead. I'd love for everyone to review the books they read, but it's not required. Overlap with other challenges is totally OK. Sometime during Banned Books Week 2013 (date TBD) link-up a wrap-up post about how you did with the challenge.

Update: For each book you read for the challenge, you can also link-up your reviews here, so we can read them!

Here are the levels you can choose from (and if you decide to change at any point, that's totally OK too!):

Making Waves: 5 Challenged Books
Trouble-Maker: 10 Challenged Books
Rebel: 15 Challenged Books
Insurgent: 20 Challenged Books
Leader of a Revolution: 25 Challenged Books
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for MAKING WAVES (read 5 challenged books).

I will keep track of my progress below (and list some banned books on my TBR list):

  1. Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (House of Night, Book #1)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter, Book #1) 
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter, Book #2)   
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  7. Harry Potter series
  8. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
  9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  10. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut


  1. Thanks so much for joining my challenge Darlene! I've read The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the Harry Potter series and loved all of them -- I don't think you will be disappointed! Happy reading :)

  2. This is a great challenge..and so many books on the banned list are awesome!

    1. I agree, Kimba! Books just shouldn't be banned...freedom of choice, I say!

  3. Hi Darlene! I'm very new at hosting challenges and when I chose the image for this challenge button I chose one in the public domain, but inadvertently neglected to provide credit for the image. My new "grab this code" includes it, but I wanted to also provide the credit line to all the challenge participants who have already posted the button as well.

    photo credit: Love Of Books by George Hodan

    Sorry about that & I hope you're enjoying your reading selections!

    1. No problem, Christine. I've added the photo credit to my blog post. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Hi Darlene! I'm participating in the Banned Book challenge, too. I love that you listen to audio versions. Hard as I try my irksome right brain travels off and I'm constantly having to rewind.

    I love your list. It's great that we all express such a variety in our choices. Looking forward to your reviews.
    My banned book choices

    1. Hi, Vikk! I hated oral comprehension in school and my mind tends to wander when listening to someone ramble on and on and on. However, I don't have that problem with audiobooks! I'd definitely recommend starting with one that you are dying to read, which makes it very easy to get sucked in.

      I've found that traditional books that are difficult to read, for me, are much easier to read in audio format. For example, it would take me forever to get through lengthy tomes like Outlander or A Prayer for Owen Meany as I have less sit-down time than listening while multi-tasking!

      Thanks for leaving the link to your book choices! I'm popping over to check them out!


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