Banned Books

#BannedBooks Week. Here’s what I’ve Read

I Read Banned Books!


I don’t believe in banning books. I believe it’s your right as a parent to decide what books your children have access to. Otherwise, it’s hands off. You don’t get to decide for everyone. The main reasons these books were banned was sexuyal orientation or mild sex scenes. Um hello? Have you seen what your kids are watching on the internet?

Here are some of the books I’ve read from the 2016 Banned Book list:

I Am Jazz by Jessica Hershel and Jazz Jennings

I Am Jazz

Here’s my review. Hint: I loved it!


Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing isn’t my favorite book but that doesn’t mean it needs to be banned! I didn’t care for the choir of people in the background. But  the book is  totally suitable for teens.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I read this book in 2012 while traveling to NYC to BEA. I brought the book with me in hopes of getting him to sign it. He DID! Here’s a link to the recap. LOVE.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I read this the year it came out. Also another trip to BEA to meet the author (oh the perks of working in a bookstore)! Not sure why there’s no review.  I LOVE THIS BOOK SO HARD.

Sometimes I write micro reviews on Goodreads. Check me out there…

Did you read any of these most excellent banned books? What did you think?



Banned Books

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom To Read

All this week I’ll be celebrating banned books week by highlighting challenged or banned books. Why is banned books week important? According to the American Library Association (of which I’m a member),

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

As a parent, you have a right to decide what your own children should be exposed to, but I strongly believe that you do not have the right to dictate what other children have access to. So, let’s celebrate the books that have been challenged and see if you’ve read any of them and you can make the decision for yourself. Each day of Banned Books Week I’ll highlight several of the titles that were challenged or banned last year. Let’s see how they stack up. Also? This is a blog hop so I’ll giveaway a $10 Amazon gift card to the winner!

Let’s examine two wildly popular titles today:

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

perks of being a wallflower

I love this tiny book so hard. First because it is set in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA and second because the setting is the 80s which is also when I grew up, although the author is a couple years younger than I am. Our experiences are kind of similar: no cell phones, record players, pac man and hairspray to name a few.  This is a coming of age tale that is beautifully told about the man character who suffers from some dangerous mental health issues.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

I am a tad confused about why books about teens and intended for teens should be completely sterile. Kids want to read about situations that are similar to what they are experiencing; at least when they are reading realistic fiction, right? So why then, do people insist on challenging books that  “…deals with sexual situations and drug use.” ?

Again, this is a title you should read for yourself.


Another wildly popular book is

Looking for Alaska by John Green


This is by far my fave John Green book.

Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

Oh how this title reminds me of some of the books we read in high school: the what’s it all about and how do i make a difference in this world type of books!

The book was challenged because of sexual content.  Again. Teens, experimenting with sex. It’s what they do, right?  This one, however, is rather mild considering what I’ve read in other books.  It’s a botched BJ and while that might not be appropriate material for young teens or even middle grade readers, I guarantee your older teen has read worse. Or heard worse on the bus. Check it out for yourself before you pass judgement. As always, parents have a right to decide what’s best for their own kiddos, just not for everyone.

What are your thoughts on these two?


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Celebrate the FREADOM to Read: Banned Book Week

ALA Freadom Slide 2013 (2)

Every year countless books are challenged or banned;  2012 was no different. Many thanks to the American Library Association for the list of challenged books and the reasons for the challenge.  Do you recognize any of these books?  Have you read any?

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

I’ve read a few, including these…

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Books Challenges Giveaways Reviews Young Adult

Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Giveaway

Unless you’ve just arrived on this planet you know that John Green is my BF.  I love his writing and his personality and with each book I grow more and more obsessed enamored of him.

PammyPam loves John Green

What’s so great about John Green is that he has his own YouTube Channel and each of his books has either won a prize or been nominated for top literature prizes.

And ALL of his books have been optioned for movies by Hollywood. YAY!

I took a minute from my super very busy and important schedule to read The Fault in Our Stars.  I had the pleasure of drooling on meeting him and receiving a copy in June at BEA and couldn’t wait to dive into it.

I was not disappointed. I will NOT spoil it for you and this is one book where I did not read the ending first (not that it would have helped).  If you love sappy sick-kids-dying-so-lets-say-mushy-stuff type books, move along.  There is none of that here.  What you’ll find is funny, insightful, and some of the best YA literature available.  It’s no wonder he’s winning awards all over the place! I’ve already given him the award as BF, what more could he want?

He could want, you, my friend, to read this book.  And I’m going to help you.  I have an extra copy to share (YAY!!) and I’m giving it away just in time for Christmas!! Happy Dance!!

Easy peasey lemon squeezy entries: leave your comment and tell me either a) your best John Green quote or book and b) if you’ve not read John Green (whut??) who your fave author is.  Winners will be chose by

Contest begins December 9th at midnight and ends December 17th at midnight (that’s Sunday to Sunday). Sorry to my international sisters and brothers but US only this time: I need to be able to get this to you superquickfast!

GOOD LUCK! I hope you win!!

Adult Fiction Banned Books Young Adult

Banned Books as Art

I made a collage of books that I’ve read recently that are on the banned or challenged list.  What are your thoughts?

Have  you read any of these?

Adult Fiction Banned Books Children Young Adult

Coming SOON: Join the Banned

Join the Banned


and read a banned book!

Recognize any of these?


#BEA Recap

Book Expo America was tons and tons of fun.  As I’ve said before, I laid Gotham to waste.  There was so much to see and do during the day that it hardly seemed fair that there were also fun parties to attend at night! If you’ve been following my Tweets or my FB page, you’ll know that I had the PLEASURE of stalking meeting a few of my fave authors.

I’ve compiled a collage of some of the authors and characters I met while at BEA.


Not sure who is who? There’s

  • John Green (Looking for Alaska)
  • Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah Plain and Tall)
  • Chris Colfer (of Glee fame: new book coming out in July)
  • Capt Underpants
  • Olivia
  • Actor and author Bob Balaban (Creature from the seventh Grade: coming out in Sept )
  • Jerry Pinkney (Caldecott award winning illustrator!)
  • Anouk Markovits (I am Forbidden)

And that’s just a few of the snaps that make sense! I can’t wait for BEA 13!!




Here’s What I’m Reading, #BEA12 edition

So you may have heard by now I’m at Book Expo America (BEA). 

Hopefully you’ve been enjoying revisiting some of my old posts you may have missed.

I also wanted to let you know what I’m reading, cuz, yes I’m still reading!

I’ve brought two books WITH me to BEA which are

looking for alaska by john green


the girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making by Catherynne Valente

These are two authors I HOPE to catch up with while at BEA.

wish me luck!