Banned Books Week: 21st – 27th September 2014

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read in the United States of America. It was launched in 1982 as a result of increased number of challenged books in schools, bookstores and libraries. American Library Association (ALA) estimates that more than 11,300 books have been challenged and/or banned since 1982. The top three reasons cited for such actions are:

  1. the material is considered to be “sexually explicit”
  2. the material contains “offensive language”
  3. the materials is “unsuited to any age group”

ALA has compiled frequently challenged books according to year. Top 10 challenged books in 2013 are as follows:

No. Title Author Reasons for challenge
1 Captain Underpants (series) Dav Pilkey Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
2 The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
3 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
4 Fifty Shades of Grey E.L. James Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
5 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
6 A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl Tanya Lee Stone Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
7 Looking for Alaska John Green Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
8 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
9 Bless Me Ultima Rudolfo Anaya Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
10 Bone (series) Jeff Smith Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Banned Books Week 2014 will be celebrated from 21st till 27th September. This year’s focus will be on graphic novels because they are frequently subjected to censorship despite their serious literary content and popularity as a genre. Find out more info at this website.

Book community from librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists to teachers and readers will celebrate the week by hosting a variety of activities. Check out ALABanned Book Week and Read Write Think to find out more about the activities.

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) celebrates Banned Books Week with a special banner

My friends & I will have our first book club discussion on 27th of September. Our book of choice is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, which still finds itself on the banned books list. You could read more about this ban here.

Are you going to celebrate Banned Books Week? How are you celebrating it? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts/ideas with us in the comment box below!

Penguin Books Malaysia celebrates 50 years of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

In case you didn’t know, here are some facts regarding Roald Dahl:

  • Roald Dahl was born on 13th of September 1916
  • 13th of September is declared as Roald Dahl Day
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in the United States in 1964

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a digital event that will celebrate Roald Dahl Day. 🙂

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory turns 50 this year!

Roald Dahl’s fans in Malaysia, do not fret! Penguin Books Malaysia will have a special event to celebrate this occasion:

Date: 14 September 2014
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: MPH Nu Sentral Mall (that new mall next to KL Sentral)

More details are available at MPH Subang Parade, Publika, 1 Utama, Mid Valley, Bangsar Village or Nu Sentral Mall.

Keep yourself updated on Penguin Books Malaysia’s new by liking their Facebook page.

If you have not read any of Roald Dahl’s books, why not rent them from our store? Visit us at no. 72, Jalan SS15/4, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Ninth of August is the book lovers day in USA. It is a day when book lovers are encouraged to relax with a good book.

We think that it should be a global celebration. So let’s celebrate with “virtual” pizza party! Click on this post to find out your preferred pizza & tell us your choice of pizza and the book you are reading/planning to read in the comment box below.

If you plan to buy a gift for a book lover, visit yesterday’s post for inspiration.

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life

The United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland celebrated World Book Day on 6 March 2014. To celebrate the glorious day, readers were invited to nominate books that have rocked their worlds. Votes were cast and a list of ‘Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life’ was created. Using ‘Writes of Passage’ instead of ‘Rites of Passages’ for the survey/campaign… that’s brilliant!

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change Your life

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life

Out of 50 books, 10 were chosen as the most popular books (see below). There is even a poster of the ‘top 10’ poster (click here to view).

Title Author Genre
1 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Dystopic, Science Fiction
2 The Fault in Our Stars John Green Romance
3 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Fiction
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling Fantasy
5 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell Dystopia, Science Fiction
6 The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Autobiography
7 A Street Cat Named Bob James Bowen Autobiography
8 Lord of The Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Fantasy
9 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Fiction
10 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë Historical romance

I am familiar with all the works (either by reading the books, watching book-to-film adaptations and/or visiting a memorial) except for ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’. I don’t usually read non-fiction but reviews seem good. Will read the book if my mood-for-something-different strikes.

Based on the ‘Writes of Passage’ list, is there any book that piques your interest? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

If you have read any of the 50 books, like the page. 🙂