Banned Books I’ve Read!

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So to go along with Banned Books Week & Banned Books ReadAThon I thought I would share some of the Banned Books that I have read.

I’ll also insert screen captures of why & when these books were banned or challenged if I can find it.

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Well, this was an obvious one really. Harry Potter is my favourite series of all time and it is definitely one that has been banned and challenges often.

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I read this trilogy around the time when the first movie came out and LOVED it! I really need to do a reread of this one!

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that I had to read in, I think year 10. Since then I have reread it and continued onto the sequel, Go Set a Watchman. While I enjoyed and recommend To Kill a Mockingbird, I think Go Set a Watchman was absolutely pointless.

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It’s been a very long time since I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s probably at a point that if I hadn’t of watched the movie more recently I would have forgotten what happens. I do remember liking it at the time and I really enjoy the movie. Another one that I am well and truly due for a reread of.

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This was one of the first big series I read. I read all 6 VA books back to back and then went straight on to the companion series, Bloodlines. Loved all of them!!

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Even though I am in no way a contemporary reader, I did enjoy this one because of the mystery/hunt side of it. It was really interesting.

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First off I’m not sure which Goosebumps books I read as it has been ages and I simply don’t remember. But I had heaps of fun reading these in late primary and early high school.

 

I actually haven’t finished this series. I have read The Fellowship of the Ring & The Two Towers but still haven’t gotten to The Return of the King. However,  I am in the process of reading all the books in the LOTR world on audiobook. I have read The Hobbit and hope to get to The Fellow Ship of the Ring during Banned Books ReadAThon.

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I’ve read the first two books in The Mortal Instruments series and didn’t particularly care for them. I found city of bones on a couple of the lists but its not one I could find information on.

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I am yet to find a classic I can get into. This included. It was fine, it was slightly interesting but for the most part I didn’t know what was going on or really what the point was. Just wasn’t very impressive.

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HAVE you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

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Banned Books ReadAThon TBR

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It’s, time for the Banned Book ReadAThon TBR! I will not be making a video for my TBR as I am sick and lost my voice for 2 days and my voice is still really hoarse and my throat is still sore! On top of that, I think I am getting conjunctivitis. So all is great!

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My goal for Banned Books ReadAThon is to read as many Harry Potter books as I can! I will be starting from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and working my way through the series. I haven’t reread via the physical books in a while now and I think it’s time! Also, these books have been banned and challenge multiple times all over the world so they are a perfect fit!

I was also planning on reading Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi but I don’t think it will get here in time. We will have to see!

Also just on the side, I will be reading Huntin Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I’m trying to get this finished by the end of the month, so it will be in the background during Banned Books ReadAThon too!

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I’m in the process of rereading LOTR and also reading the other books set in the LOTR world! So this is a perfect excuse to continue with this!

And these are just two other banned or challenged books that I have on audiobook.

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments! No spoilers.

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G – The ABC Book Challenge

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For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter G. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This is a fun, diverse historical fiction. I absolutely love this book. The characters are amazing and I specifically enjoyed Felicity, so I am so excited for book 2 which is a companion from Felicity’s POV.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This i a YA Contemporary Cinderella retelling. Even though I am not generally a contemporary fan I did really enjoy this. I loved the fandom side of things and loved all the little references to Cinderella throughout. It was super fun.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

THIS BOOK!! I’m pretty sure this is my favourite book in The Illuminae Files. The Illuminae Files is in my Top 5 favourite series and I adored Gemina! I love the character we get to meet in this one and the chaos that happens throughout! I just love this series so much!

Graevale by Lynette Noni

Graevale is the 4th book in The Medoran Chronicles series which is my second favourite series of all time and it’s not even all out yet! This world is absolutely amazing, the characters are spot on, the friendship is the best I have seen since Harry, Ron & Hermione. I absolutely adore this series and everything about it!

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust 

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments! 

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Banned Books ReadAThon Announcement

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Yes, I am doing another ReadAThon! Shocker, I know.

If you didn’t know Banned Books Week goes from the 23rd – 29th of September. You can find out more info about Banned Books Week HERE!

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So because of Banned Books Week, we decided to hold a ReadAThon all about reading Banned & Challenged Books!

ReadAThon Dates: 23rd – 30th of September

The ReadAThon is pretty straightforward! All you have to do is read books that have been banned or challenged over the years.

Use #BBReadAThon when posting on social media!

Cohosts!

Rachael

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Follow Banned Books ReadAThon on Twitter!

We will be holding Twitter Sprints throughout the ReadAThon and will be having a Twitter Chat at the end of the ReadAThon! So make sure you go and follow @BBReadAThon

Don’t know what to read? Here are some links!

List of Books Banned by Government – Wiki

Top Ten Most Challenged Books – ALA

Frequently Challenges Book – ALA

Banned and Challenged Classics – ALA

The Ultimate Banned Books Reading List – Penguin UK

Best Banned, Censored, and Challenged Books – Goodreads

Best of Banned and Challenged Books – Goodreads

Banned & Challenged YA Books

Banned Books – Strand Books

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Are you going to participate in Banned Books ReadAThon?! What are you most looking forward to reading?

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MateAThon Announcement

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Yes, I am hosting another ReadAThon!! As you may know, I am Aussie, so I decided to create a ReadAThon based on Australian Stereotypes!

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WHEN: starting at 12:01am on the 12th and finishing at midnight on the 19th of October in your timezone! Yes, it is 8 days because we Aussies like to do things a little different!

For this ReadAThon I have 3 awesome fellow Aussies as Cohosts! Make sure you go check them out!
Sam from OneBookishGirl
Jayce from ItsmeJayse on Youtube & Blog
Ellyn from allonsythornraxx

The first point of call. No, you do not have to be Aussie to participate!! 

You are planning on participating please use the hashtag #MateAThon on social media so we can see your posts!!

Now, what you are all here to know! Reading challenges!

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Firstly, each challenge is themed around Australian Stereotypes.

The Reading Challenges are optional. You can choose to do none, do a couple or do them all, it’s up to you. You are also welcome to use 1 book for 1 or 2 challenges, but no more than 2.

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Only cook on a ‘Barbie’: Read a book with food on the cover

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F*ck it’s hot: Read a hot recent release

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We all eat Vegemite for breakfast, lunch & dinner: Read a book with black on the cover

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MATE: Read a book that has the letters M, A, T & E somewhere on the cover

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All the native animals want to kill/eat us: Read a book about assassins

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We ride Kangaroos to school: Read a book set in school/uni/college

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Every Aussie can surf: Read a book with an MC that has an interesting hobby

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Every Aussie is tan: Read a book by an Aussie Author

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This is a Book Tag that goes along with the ReadAThon but is completely optional. If you wish to do the tag simply answer the questions in a post before or during the ReadAThon on any social media platform (Blog, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, etc). Make sure you use #SotBBT so we can see your answers.
You are welcome to tag your friends even if they aren’t participating. While the Tag does go along with the ReadAThon you do not have to be participating to do the tag, it’s just a normal book tag.

Also please link back to me as the creator of the tag when posting.

Questions: 

1. Shrimp on the Barbie: A favourite book with food on the cover
2. G’day Mate: A favourite book by an Aussie Author
3. It’s always hot, everywhere: A hot new release you are anticipating?
4. All the wildlife want to kill us: What is your favourite bookish animal?
5. Everyone eats vegemite: A food mentioned in a book you would love to try?
6. Riding Kangaroos to school? Nah the cool kids ride Emus!: What fictional school would you like to attend?
7. Spiders the size of dinner plates: A favourite scary/thriller book?
8. We all talk in slang that no one but an Aussie can understand: What translated book is on your TBR that you really want to get to?
9. Everything that isn’t the coast, is a desert: A very baron read? (dull/boring)
10. We drink… A lot: What fictional character would you like to sit down and have a drink with?
11. Aussies only have 4 food groups – Steak, Meat Pies, Tim Tams & Sausages on bread: What are 4 books you think everyone should read?
12. No matter what time of the year an Aussie will always be wearing thongs: What is a book related essential you always use? e.g. a pen & ruler for annotating your books

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You can find MateAThon on Twitter & Instagram!

Twitter @MateAThon

Instagram @ MateAThon

We will be holding Twitter sprints throughout the ReadAThon.
There will be Instagram challenges. So make sure you go and follow and they will be posted in the week before the ReadAThon.

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Let me know if you are planning to participate! Make sure you use #MateAThon so I can see all your TBRs & posts!!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #4

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I think this is the 4th time I was tagged for this award, but as it’s been forever I thought I would do it! Thank you to the lovely Trisha @ The Tea Reader who tagged me!

Rules of Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for the award and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominated 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog

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1. What is your favourite bookish trope? (I borrowed this from Anna since I really liked the question.)

It really depends on how well the trope is done, but some I don’t mind if done well are villain redeems themselves, chosen one & protagonist sacrificing themselves.

2. What is your least favourite bookish trope?

Now here I have a list:
Love Triangles
Insta Love
Every MC finding their love interest (You know its more likely to meet someone and NOT fall in love!)
Absent/arsehole/dead/missing parents (Again, more likely to have parents that are present and not complete arseholes… Why can’t YA characters actually have awesome parents occasionally!)
Continuous use of quotes such as: “she felt her heart begin to race”, “The corner of his mouth quirked up” & “I let out a breath I didn’t realise I was holding”

3. If you had to have three YA book characters back you up in a fight, who would they be?

Amani from Rebel of the Sands
Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic
Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter

4. How many books are on your TBR?

I have 57 books on my physical TBR!

5. How many books have you read this year so far?

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6. What’s the story behind your blogs name?

Okay, so this is a little random. But ‘Dusk Angel’ was a randomly generated name from when I signed up for Runescape when I was in high school. I couldn’t think of a username at the time and didn’t want to use anything close to my real name as I did for everything else. So I just kept randomly generating usernames until Duskangel…. came up. I really liked it, so I kept using it for other things. Originally I used duskangel222 for personal things. Then when I created my blog I added ‘Reads’ at the end. I am also a photographer running under ‘Dusk Angel Photography’. I’m a beauty therapist and my salon is called ‘Dusk Angel Beauty’ and I will soon be creating candles which I am calling ‘Candles by Dusk Angel’

7. Give me three interesting facts about yourself?

I always need to be doing something! I run my own salon. I work as a seasonal Lifeguard. I run a photography hobby business, Dusk Angel Photography where I photograph cars & trucks. I run this blog and a Youtube, Instagram & Twitter that goes along with it. I run the Facebook Group The YA Book Nerds. I run an international Book exchange, The Book Nerds Book Exchange. I host 2 ReadAthons and planning a 3rd (TBR Jar ReadAThon & MateAThon). I run The Ultimate ReadAThon Guide. I’m starting a candle company, just waiting for supplies. There is probably something I’m missing.

I used to Parade & Judge cattle at regional shows in the area when I was in high school.

I own 3 cats, Hoppy (who only has 3 legs), Mmiee (pronounced M-E) & Possum (who is the devil covered in fluff) & a rescue dog, Roxy, that came from an abusive & neglectful home. She is blue heeler cross labrador and she is gorgeous!

8. What’s your favourite book that you’ve read so far in 2018?

Just 1?! Nope.
The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel, This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada, Graevale by Lynette Noni & Truly Devious by Maureen Johnston

9. What book has been on you TBR the longest?

Well, I have unhauled most of the really old ones. But maybe And I Darken by Kiersten White or A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess.

10. What is the number one thing that you’re grateful for?

I never know what to answer for this..

11. As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

I didn’t have an exact plan but I wanted to work with animals.

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I won’t be tagging 11, but here is who I tag!

Kathy @ Books and Munches

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Abi @ Abi’s Book Reviews

Ashleigh @ A Tower of Books

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1. What fictional animal would you love as a companion?

2. What book have you recently purchased that you are the keenest for?

3. What’s one item/device you wish you could own from any fictional world?

4. How do you organise your bookshelves?

5. What do you own the most of? Paperback, Hardcovers, eBooks, audiobooks, etc.

6. If you had to choose, choose one book that you want to completely forget? Whether it be to read it again for the first time or because you hate it and wish you had never read it

7. How long have you been blogging?

8. How many bookshelves do you own?

9. Share the 1st sentence in your current read.

10. What books have you reread?

11. Do you participate in ReadAThons? What is your favourite thing about them?

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F – The ABC Book Challenge

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For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter F. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Do I need to explain this?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Or this one?

Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins

This book has 3 stories about 3 women that make scientific discoveries throughout history. This book is written in verse and this was actually my first time reading in verse. I personally do not like poetry but I really enjoyed this book. I also loved the background on the discoveries made. It was super interesting.

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

This is the first book in the Kanin Chronicles. The Kanin chronicles is the companion series to the Trylle Trilogy. I really enjoyed these books but it’s been a long time since I read it.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Fire by Kristin Cashore

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments! 

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