Sunday, October 4, 2009

October Challenge - Banned Books - CONTEST IS CLOSED

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Are you ready for the next CHALLENGE ??!!!
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This month's theme is Banned Books

Last week, we celebrated Banned Books week (Sept. 26 - Oct. 3). Banned Books week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom of reading and the importance of the First Amendment. In honor of this, the Latherati October challenge is all about banned books. You can visit this website and/or this website to peruse a list of banned books.

Here we go:

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post naming one of your favorite books from a banned books list. Include the title and author.

Winner will be chosen by random number and will be notified by email (don't forget to include it!). I will read the book, write up a review that will be posted here and make a batch of soap inspired by that book.

The Prize: The winner will receive THREE bars of Latherati handmade soap (one from that batch & two others of their choosing)

The Rules: Suggest as many books as you like

To earn Extra Chances:
1) Blog about this CHALLENGE with a link to this post, then post link here
2) Become a Follower of the Latherati blog

Challenge ends October 11, 2009, 9:00 pm eastern time. Winner will be announced October 12, 2009.

Ready, set, CHALLENGE me!!!

81 comments:

  1. can't get to your link for the banned books...

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  2. hmmmm...did you click on the word "this"? Maybe it's confusing???

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  3. cool idea! really creative! I have looked at your first list and seen a number of books I have read. But this one jumped out at me--John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath-- because I was in love with John Steinbeck when in HS.
    Some of those books, I "had" to read in HS and in college; others I read on my own. Some I have re-read.
    PS I found your blog on the etsy forum "anything new."

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  4. OK i had to go google about banned books because NOTHING up there was clickabole...HOWEVER I found a BUNCH of intresting informatin.....

    DID YOU KNOW

    that

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling


    WERE ALL BANNED AT POINT IN TIME IN THE USA!!!!!!! I have read ALL of those and LOVE them!! There are a BUCH of others on that list that just made me shake my head!!

    http://www.adlerbooks.com/banned.html

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  5. It is too hard to choose just one book off of that list! Here are my favorites. All are books that changed my life/perception of life in some way:
    Awakening - Kate Chopin
    Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Separate Peace - John Knowles
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

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  6. Oops! My email is
    alteredbeauty@live.com

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  7. My fav of all time- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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  8. OK, I re-linked the banned book sites. Hopefully, they work now ;-) Just click on the words "this website"

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  9. death of a salesman by Arthur Miller is good!

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is one of my all time favorites. SO good!

    no childhood is complete without reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl!

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was good, i had to read it for school but it was sad.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was another one i read in high school that was good.

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is great as well!


    my email is littleheathen9109 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I think I must be really blessed by my public school, because I read many many of these as a student.
    I think in 4rth grade my teacher read Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson to the class. I loved it.
    My son loves In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.
    There are so many great books on this list!
    Silas Marner by George Eliot, what on earth is offensive about that book???

    onlycancan ta hotmail tod com

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  11. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)!! absolute favorite:)

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  12. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is one of my favorites and I did not expect to find it on the banned books list.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  13. I follow this blog.

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  14. As she is the only “Spanish pencil” I have to recommend House of Spirits - Isabel Allende.

    Regards from Barcelona

    Laia

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  15. It's funny cuz so many of them are classics! But, I'm gonna say Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

    But did you know that the Harry Potter books are banned in places here in Georgia? Yep, cuz it's satanic witchcraft, duh!

    It's stupid some of the books that are banned...

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  16. I'm a total bookworm, so trying to get me to pick a few is next to impossible...I'm a fan of Stephen King, and Roald Dahl, and J.K Rowling. So, I'm going to have to say anything by them, especially James and the Giant Peach.

    gemini5757 at hotmail.com

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  17. I can't believe that the Harry Potter series appears on the banned list! My daughter loves those books!
    Zoe0825@verizon.net

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  18. My favorites are:
    Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
    To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

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  19. i follow your blog!

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  20. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a classic American novel...love it.

    smrtmouse at yahoo dot com

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  21. I'm a follower.

    smrtmouse at yahoo dot com

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  22. My Favorites are To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
    by Mark Twain

    chaotic_bliss@ymail.com

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  23. I am a follower.


    chaotic_bliss@ymail.com

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  24. I liked Salman Rushdie's Satanic verses.

    the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

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  25. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  26. I've been fortunate enough to read almost all of the books on this list, both as a child and as a college student (my major was Literature and Writing). It's too hard to choose just one as a favorite, so I'm listing a few:

    Catcher in the Rye (1951) - J. D. Salinger
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

    I think any of these books will make for a lovely and unique soap :)

    Priscilla(at)myswaddlebabies(dot)com

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  27. I'm following your blog :)

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  28. For me it's a toss up between A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'engle) and the Harry Potter (Rowling) books. We had to read A Wrinkle in Time for school in 6th grade and love it so much I read the rest in the series and some of L'engle's adult books, too.

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  29. D.H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterley's Lover.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  30. i know why the caged bird sings is my favorite
    deefna at gmail dot com

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  31. i am now following your blog
    deefna at gmail dot com

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  32. It's fascinating trying to figure out why some of the these books were banned. I mean, The Phantom Tollbooth? Was there a town with bitter hatred of puns? Or some snarling book-hater who'd never mastered verb tenses, and wanted to ensure no one else could either?

    I do love knowing a book has been banned for what isn't even the really dangerous stuff. Like, "Grapes of Wrath" by Steinbeck makes me (and probably everyone else who loves it) want to go out and change the world, top to bottom. It's very social unsettling. But it gets banned because there are *gasp* sex scenes! Between consenting adults! Never mind the scenes of children starving to death as people drive by, or the families being driven out of the their homes. Someone showed a nipple!

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

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  33. I like To Kill A Mockingbird

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  34. More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. My favorite as a kid.
    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I'm a follower
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  36. Hamlet - William Shakespeare (This is very intersting.. s why ban it?).. =)

    huggie0109@yahoo.com

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  37. I'd love to see what sort of soap In The NIght Kitchen might inspire you to create! Something warm and milky, yumm!
    melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

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  38. I read many of the "banned books" as reading assignments when I was in school. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is one of the first books that I read. acptuser(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. Wow,how did I not mention that I'm a follower? Of course I am-- I love your questions!:D

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

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  40. OOOoo, we get to suggest as many books as we want? Does each one count as a separate entry?

    Let's start with Twelfth Night by good ol' Willie the Bard...

    Nikki
    jesus_iscomin @ yahoo dot com

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  41. K, here's another one...

    Merchant of Venice by Willie the Bard
    (one of my favorite authors, can you tell?)

    Nikki
    jesus_iscomin at yahoo.com and at twitter

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  42. Alright, one more for the night, I happen to LOVE this book (and the movie)

    The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

    Nikki
    jesus_iscomin at yahoo dot com & twitter

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  43. I remember reading this wonderful book when I was a teen-To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and then saw the movie in later years.I highly recommend this book for anyone that hasn't read it.

    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  44. I love the Harry Potter series, but I found out that they were banned on Park-Avenue Princess's blog.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  45. OK, a ton of the books I liked to read:

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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  46. Just wanted to let you know that I added your contest to doubleprizes.com and hopefully more people find your blog.

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  47. thank you kei'sblog! Great titles so far...keep 'em coming!

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  48. OMG! I'm actually angry these books are banned! Especially Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Actually, I'd reccoment a lot more but HALF my books I love to read list is on that banned list. Ugh.

    -Des
    RuffleBuns AT hotmail DOT com
    http://hamncheezr.etsy.com

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  49. I tweeted your contest!

    -Des
    RuffleBuns AT hotmail DOT com
    http://hamncheezr.etsy.com

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  50. And I follow your blog :-)

    -Des

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  51. I also have to mention:
    Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
    Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

    I LOVE the Importance of Being Earnest!!
    -Des

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  52. Ok, banned books lists reads like a list of what sits on my bookshelf, but some of my favorites are:

    Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
    Slaughterhouse Five - Vonnegut is my all time favorite author
    Death of a Salesman

    Yes, I love cheery books.

    ashleyslye at gmail dot com

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  53. Definintely Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys...didn't know this book was "banned"...but I can see why people would be afraid of it!! An amazing read, but it will make you cry :'(

    How to Eat Fried Worms (by Thomas Rockwell)---are you kidding me???? This is banned????

    Wow, I've actually read a lot of these books...I feel like a rebel!

    -Sally
    bellsandunicorns(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. I'm a follower!

    -Sally
    bellsandunicorns(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. Heh. In my ninth grade English class, just about every book we read had been extensively banned at one point. My current favorite isn't actually on that list, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson and Henry Cole - the true story of two gay penguins who raised a baby penguin.

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  56. My favoiurite of the list is Catch-22, by Joseph Heller.
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  57. ...and I'm following you!
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  58. My favorites are Awakening by Kate Chopin and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I'm reading Awakening right now and To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books.

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  59. I'm following your blog.

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  60. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
    definitely!!! =)

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  61. the first book that came to mind when thinking of banned books was catcher in the rye.

    i took a look at a list, and i'd choose faulkner's 'as i lay dying', though.

    ooo, or bradbury's farenheit 451.

    j_bdules at hotmail

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  62. I choose...

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

    saulpaugh.chelsea(at)gmail(dot)com

    -- Chelsea

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  63. Im a follower.

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    -- Chelsea

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  64. I like Stephen Kings books and have read them-Carrie, Christine and Cujo

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  65. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Thanks!

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  66. There were so many of those books that I love, I can't believe that they were banned! I think one of my favorites from childhood was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl I read it to my kids all the time too!

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  67. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

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  68. My fav is Animal Farm by George Orwell. Thanks.
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  69. I follow Latherati blog
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  70. Wow- that list was so interesting to read! I love the Shining (scary!), the Witches (fave childhood book), Carrie, and of course anything by Judy Blume! My favorite teenage author!
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  71. I follow the Latherati blog :)
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  72. The Shining by Stephen King is my favorite!!

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  73. I was trying to think of one that you may not have read, but so many of them are classics.

    I liked The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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  74. I like the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger the most. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  75. I think I would pick- grapes of wrath

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  76. I am a follower

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  77. There are so many good books on those lists. I can't believe how many books are banned. I have to say my favorites are the Harry Potter books. I also love Catch-22, A Clockwork Orange, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches.

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  78. Wow!
    I am horrified to see that most of my favorite books have been banned at some point. These are amazing reads and should be promoted not hidden.
    I can't list JUST one.
    Some faves:

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Blubber by Judy Blume
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    (ok, if I list any more, I will just have to copy and paste the whole page as I have read and loved almost every one of those books)

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