Celebrate Banned Book Week – Read Challanged Books

Sep 28, 2008

Posted by Doris

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me.
Now they are content with burning my books.
~Sigmund Freud, 1933

To celebrate “Banned Book Week” today I’d like to ask you to read a challenged book in public. Express your right to read at home, school, church or any other public place. You don’t have to read out loud, just reading the book is expressing your freedom.

I’ve asked some of my wonderful friends and family to take the opportunity to vlog/blog reading one of the many challenged books. A very special thanks to everyone of the wonderful people who took part!


  • Sue Upton -
    The Queen of Hufflepuff! Sue reads from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

  • Nick Rhein
    The Leaky Lounge’s Forum Administrator and a hard working student-teacher, in Nick’s vlog he’s reading from Brave New World Part I.

    Nick’s vlog Part II.

  • Mlwl -
    One of Leaky’s wonderful staffers and an English teacher, mlwl discusses many banned books including a book talk on The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part I.

    Mlwl reading from The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part II

  • IheartProfessorSnape -
    One of the Half-Blood Prince’s biggest fans reads from The Holy Bible.

  • Rosemary-
    One of our talented Crafty-Witches reads from one of her favorite Banned books, The Golden Compass.

  • James -
    One of Leaky’s wonderful contest crew, James brings us his thoughts on an attempt to ban “The Crucible”

  • Addie-
    One of our wonderful LeakyCon staff members, Addie reads from my favorite on the Challenged Book List, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.

  • Josh-
    LeakyCon is lucky to have Josh (and his energy) on their staff. Josh discusses Banned Books Week and some of his favorite books.


  • Overcast
    PotterCast is very lucky to have this elf on it’s staff. Overcast also has her own podast, “Filkcast: Potter Style” where she discusses banned books.
    “Filkcast: Potter Style” on banned and challenged books.


  • Lisa Bunker-
    Librarians share a very special place in my heart, and Lisa is one awesome librarian as well as the webmistress for Accio Quote. Lisa blogs on the historical perspective of banned books. Her blog also includes lessons plans, timelines, manifestos, and photos from an exhibit.
    Lisa Bunker’s blog on the historical perspective of Banned Book Week.

  • Travis Prinzi-
    The webmaster of “The Hog’s Head” and the author of the upcoming novel Harry Potter and Imagination (to be released in November) blogs on banned books.
    Travis’ blog of resources on Banned Book Week.

  • MJ-
    A co-admin for LeakyCon and a moderator in our Corner Booth Chat, MJ discusses her feelings on our freedom to read.
    MJ’s blog entry “Band Together Against the Banning of Books.

  • Justi-
    One of our incredibly hard working Leaky Lounge staffers, Justi has blogged on her rights as a reader.
    Justi’s blog on keeping her right to choose what she reads.

  • abandonedboyjon -
    Fellow Leaky blogger, filmaker, writer and trans gender activist, abandonedboyjon blogs about the top book on the list for 2007. And Tango Makes Three
    abandonedboyjon’s blog on And Tango Makes Three

  • Candace-
    One of Leaky’s awesome PotterCast elves and fellow blogger, Candace blogs about one of her favorite books on the frequently challenged list to celebrate Banned Book Week. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Candace’s blog on One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

    I want to thank everyone who contributed to today’s blog on exercising our freedom to read. Don’t forget to check in tomorrow night to see more ways to express your right to read.
    Happy Banned Book Week !

  • 7 Responses to Celebrate Banned Book Week – Read Challanged Books

    Avatar Image says:

    Doris ~ This is BRILLIANT! What an excellent and creative way to bring home what BBW is all about. I loved the vlogs. It was interesting that just hearing snippets from all these books, though I have read them before, sharpened the sense of insanity that is banning a book. Thanks for putting this together, and thanks too to all those who participated.

    Avatar Image says:

    This is awesome :D I’ve enjoyed the vlogs a lot (will move onto the blogs later on). Made me wanna go and find those books – I haven’t heard about many of them before – and since we don’t have book banning in my country (anymore), I hope to succeed in finding them in the library :)

    Great job, Doris :)

    Avatar Image says:

    Thanks guys for reading the blogs or watching the vlogs.

    I know some of my favorite YA books are on the list. Yesterday I visited a class and we read The Outsiders. I can’t believe such an incredible book about the senselessness of gang violence would be banned.


    Avatar Image says:

    Doris, I’m so glad you’ve put so much focus and attention on banned books week! I believe it’s so important for people to understand what it means to ban books in America, and I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. It’s given me some new titles to add to my reading list :)

    Avatar Image says:

    Thank you. I know want to read “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. I was talking about this with my Mom and she always encouraged my sister, brother, and me to read. She never told us what not to read and I appericate her for that.

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    “Wallflower” is an incredible book that you’ll love! I reread it over the weekend and totally enjoyed it! Thanks for popping in and enjoy the book.


    Avatar ImageChrissi-Snape says: I just reread the chocolate war yay me

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