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Today I’m featuring a pretty cool blogger in my book, Angie from Angela’s Anxious Life. I interviewed her for Blogger Appreciation wee back in September, and we hit if off pretty well!  Would you believe me if I told you her favorite banned book isn’t actually on my list? I read in high school, surprisingly, but it just wasn’t one that resonated with me. So, I’ll let her share her thoughts with you…

1. What is your favorite banned book?  

Catcher in the Rye is my most favorite banned book EVER.  I love this book and really relate to it.  I didn’t read it until my early 20’s and wish I had discovered it in my teens.  For those that don’t know… between 1961 and 1982 The Catcher in the Rye was the most censored book in high schools and libraries in the US.  It is mainly challenged because of the sexual content and offensive language found in the book.  Some of the complaints are that the main character, Holden, is a poor role model, encourages rebellion, and promotes drinking, smoking, lying, and promiscuity.  One thing though that is surprising to me is that this book is still banned in 2012 and yet was written in 1951!!  This is an amazing book.

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

2. Did you ever sneak around to read a banned book? Have a good story? Or do you have a horror story associated with a banned book? i.e. got caught and grounded… 

Sorry to bore you guys with the answer to this question, but no I haven’t ever had anything bad to me happen with a banned book.  I have wonderful parents who are well read.  They never told me no about any book I was reading.  In fact… if anything  my mom would introduce me to banned books and let me come up with my own opinion about books.  Unfortunately out of all my friends when I was a teenager I was the only one who read so I don’t know any of them either who were not allowed to read banned books.  I also haven’t really come across my school or my library banning a book either.  I am grateful for all of this too!

3.  Why do you feel promoting a banned book is important?

I personally feel this is important because I feel author’s and reader’s voices should not be silenced.  Funny that many people ban books especially from teens yet soooo many people seemed to go out and buy Fifty Shades of Grey.  Perhaps with so many people reading this book it will cause more people to see that all literature can be good no matter the subject.  I find in my Goodreads group that I moderate, the YA Book Club, that we tend to talk a lot about sex and language in books.  I have a lot of teens and parents in the group who debate a lot over if the parents should say whether or not a teen should read a book.  The debate seems to go on and on with no straight answers.  I just hope that someday there are no banned books.   What do you readers think?

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.

-J.D. Salinger

Book talk: Have you read The Catcher in the Rye? In school? On your own? What are your thoughts? Worth the ban or not?

Hopeful reading!