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Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Fives: Tasting the Forbidden Fruit

Reading Song of the Day: "Forbidden Love" by Madonna

OMIGOD--it's finally FRIDAY--and it's finally the last day of September. This first month of school has dragged by soooooo slowly. But, we hit a highlight, today! Paper Hangover's Friday Fives, baby :D

To honor Banned Books Week, the gang wants to know:

What are you FIVE favorite "banned" books?

Like Pam mentioned yesterday in her post on the Banned Books we are adding to our TBR piles, we are always going to be those people who read/watch those books/movies that people try to get banned. We're just strange like that. So it wasn't surprising to find that we have read a good number of books that are on the 2010 and the classic's banned books lists. With that being said, here are our FIVE favorite books that have been banned in no particular order.

1.) Crank by Ellen Hopkins: A novel written in poems--and me and Pam loved it. Who would have thunk it? We're both not huge poetry fans, but Hopkins' effortless story telling and beautiful word choices made this one of our favorite books of all time.


2.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding: This was required reading for us in high school but neither of us felt like it was. The story is so unique and believable that we both couldn't stop turning the pages.


3.) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Once we decided we'd be writing YA, we didn't stop hearing about Laurie Halse Anderson and how she is one of the "mothers" of YA. And we weren't disappointed when we picked up Speak. It's real, it's raw, and it's a book that can help many teens deal.

4.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This was another required school reading for us. And just like LOTF we fell in love. We loved the plot, the time period the book was written about and how REAL it all felt, and of course, we loved Scout :)

5.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: We first heard about this during a conference two years ago. Once we heard the premise, we knew it was a must read. Anyone can say what they want about the trilogy, but the overall plot is pure genius.

That's our five, what about you all? What are your favorite banned books?

OH YEAH! We were supposed to announce the winner of The Near Witch yesterday. Alas, life got in the way. So, without further adieu, the winner is....

Jamie Manning

Yay!!!! We'll be sending you an e-mail shortly :)

7 comments:

Carrie said...

Awesome choices. It was hard to pick just five books from the list of frequently challenged books. Loved all these books.

Rebecca B said...

The only one I haven't read is CRANK, and I loved the others. So I suppose I should read that one. :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

Great list, ladies. I still haven't read Hunger Games, but have read the rest.

Racquel Henry said...

Excellent choices! I also had Crank on my list. Ellen Hopkins has such a gift. A novel written in poems is brilliant. Why would anyone try to silence that? Oh, and Congrats to Jamie! :)

Jamie Manning said...

Yay! Thanks so much for the giveaway you guys, I'm so excited to read The Near Witch! And you have my ATF (that's All-Time-Fave) book on your list--To Kill A Mockingbird! So crazy that it has been banned (as well as the others on your list), but I suppose the great ones always are!

KO: The Insect Collector said...

A great list-- winners one and all! I love all of these books.

Alison Miller said...

Awesome list! Several of those were on mine too.