As reported by the White House:
“Half Brother” by Kenneth Oppel
“Heart of a Samurai” by Margi Preus
“Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo
“Jinx” by Sage Blackwood
“Lulu and the Brontosaurus” by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith
“Ottoline and the Yellow Cat” by Chris Riddell
“Moonday” by Adam Rex
“Journey” by Aaron Becker
“The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri
“Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra
“The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance” by David Epstein
“Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football” by Nicholas Dawidoff
“Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories” by Carson McCullers
“My Antonia” by Willa Cather
“Ragtime” By E.L. Doctorow
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
“Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka
“All That Is” by James Salter
“Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed
I’m scared to read this book. I have it in my hands. I’ve read 30 pages. But I’m terrified. I’m crying already and there’s nothing to cry about. I think I have PTSD from reading Code Name Verity.
I’m 33 years old and never has a book had me feeling trepidation in this way. Code Name Verity ruined me for a month. I couldn’t read anything after it. Nothing would ever be as good. I couldn’t read because i was in mourning. I lost good friends in that book. I lost girls who would have been my friend.
I learned things. I learned how espionage and friendship, and girl pilots worked in the war.
I’m scared to read Rose Under Fire because I know I’ll make friends with Rose, and with Maddie, I’ll worry about Nick and Jaime with them. I’ll be scared when they are lying flat in a London bus hoping not to be bombed.
I’m scared to read it, but I will. Because I know that it will be a quality read with staying power. Just like Code Name Verity.
Today kicks off Banned Books Week!
The pictures above are of some of my books that are frequently challenged or banned. There were actually a lot I forgot, such as some works by Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, The Giver, His Dark Materials and probably more.
You can see some lists of banned or challenged books here.
(Source: noseinabook, via prettybooks)