Posted in Reading Roundup

What I Read in September 2015

September-Reads

I had a pretty good month of reading. My favorite, by far, was The Martian by Andy Weir. My least favorite was The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. I feel bad saying that because this novel was an ARC that isn’t due out until January. It wasn’t a bad book, per se. But, I’m not sad that I don’t own a copy of this for my bookshelf. I rated it 2 of 5 stars on Goodreads. What I said there is all I’m going to say about it.

Also on my September list:

  • The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
  • It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (reread)
  • Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

I feel like I’m leaving something out, but oh well. Ten books for the month of September isn’t too shabby, especially considering the volume of reading I’ve had to read about museums for my class. I also started volunteering at a museum this month too.

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Banned Books Week: September 27 – October 3, 2015

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This week is, of course, Banned Books Week. It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year. Nothing gets me in a tizzy faster than discussing the ignorance of banning or challenging books. I think few things demonstrate a narrowness of mind more than the reasons behind challenging books. I’ve read news articles over the years of school across the country attempting to remove one book or another from said school’s curriculum and/or library based on complaints from teachers and/or parents and/or random people in the community. Their reasoning is never sound and in some cases, the people voicing the complaints haven’t even read the book. They are simply basing their complaint on the opinions of others. It’s maddening.

In celebration of Banned Books Week, I usually choose a book or two from the challenged lists published by the ALA. This year, I’m rereading Saga Vol 1 (because it’s been so long since I’ve first read it) and Saga Vol 2. by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I’d also like to try and fit in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley but with my school schedule and the books that I’m already reading, I might not have the time.

Please!! Take part in Banned Books Week by spreading the word, changing your Facebook profile picture, reading one of the books on the challenged lists, or just discussing the pros (if you can find one) and cons of challenging books with someone else. Raise awareness as to why removing books from libraries and schools impedes education. Help others to realize why you should read a book critically before judging it and deciding if it’s offensive in some way.