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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Thirty-Nine

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far! This week turned out a little differently than I had anticipated, mostly because I ended up having to see my doctor regarding some pain that I’ve been experiencing in my ribs and back. It does seem to be a muscular/skeletal issue, but there may be some x-rays in my near future if things don’t improve. My doctor currently has me completing a six-day course of steroids, which does seem to be helping a little. Unfortunately, I have no idea what I did to cause the problem in the first place.

This week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update is coming out the day before Banned Books Week gets started, so I thought it would be appropriate to focus on the prompt “read a banned book during Banned Books Week.” Personally, I’ve chosen to go a slightly different direction with this prompt by reading a book that was banned in the author’s home country, rather than in my own. The book that I have chosen to read for this prompt is Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi, which I will be reviewing in next week’s update.

There are a tremendous number of books that have been either banned or challenged in recent years, and it’s fairly easy to find lists of these books online. I have read quite a few banned books during my life, and I am sure to read more in the future. In fact, if someone tells me not to read a specific book, it’s a pretty safe bet that I will soon be picking up a copy to read for myself.

If you are currently looking for a book to read during Banned Books Week, here are a few titles that I would definitely recommend…

Please be aware that some of these titles do contain content which may cause emotional distress for readers. If you would like to learn more about a particular book prior to reading, you might consider checking out the Common Sense Media website, which aims to provide families with accurate information about the content of popular books, movies, and other media.

Also, if you’re interested in seeing more titles that have been challenged or banned, I highly recommend checking out the NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) list of titles that were challenged between 2002 and 2018. I think some of the titles on their list will surprise you.

Since Banned Books Week officially begins tomorrow, next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be focused on my final Reading Challenge prompt! I’m very excited to have the opportunity to finish the challenge next week, and I’m really looking forward to reading my own choice for the “read a banned book during Banned Books Week” prompt. I hope you’ll join me here next weekend for that review, and throughout the week for new content in recognition of Banned Books Week.

Happy Saturday!

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