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text 2018-10-02 16:56
Further Into The Reveal [Unwrapped Blind Date!]

Some of you might have seen in previous posts me talking about a "Blind Date With A Book," and a video showing me unwrapping them. In this post, I will post pictures and more details about the banned books! Some I might have talked about before, some might also prove hard to find reasons it was banned.



Here is the group photo. Were you surprised by any of them? I am not surprised they all turned out to be classics or that several were school read in my time (probably still school reads today?)



 Of Mice and Men

Two migrant field workers in California on their plantation during the Great Depression—George Milton, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie Small, a bulky, strong man but mentally disabled—are in Soledad on their way to another part of California.


Banned or Challenged:

1953 - Banned in Ireland

1974 - Indiana - Banned in Syracuse


Pennsylvania - Banned in Oil City

South Carolina - Challenged in Greenville by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

1979 - Michigan - Challenged but retained in Grand Blanc schools after being called "vulgar and blasphemous"


New York - Challenged in Vernon-Verona-Sherill School District

Ohio - Challenged in Continental

1981 - Arizona - Challenged in Saint David

1982 - Indiana - Challenged in Tell City for "profanity and using God's name in vain"

1983 - Alabama - Banned from classroom use at Scottsboro Skyline HIgh School for profanity

1984 - Tennessee - The Knoxville School Board chairman vowed to have "filthy books" removed from Knoxville's public schools and picked this book as the first target for it's profanity

1987 - Kentucky - Reinstated at the Christian County school libraries and English classes after being challenged for being vulgar and offensive


Illinois - Challenged at the Wheaton-Warrenville Middle school

Michigan - Challenged at the Barrien Springs High School for profanity

West Virginia - Challenged in the Marion County schools


The rest of the reasons can be found here

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The Red Pony

The Red Pony is divided into four stories. Each story centers on a boy named Jody; the four together show him in a critical time of his childhood. In the first story, Jody is ten years old.


Banned or Challenged:

I had trouble finding out why other than what the paper says in the picture.



 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

On its surface, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a straightforward story about a boy and a runaway slave floating down the Mississippi River. But underneath, the book—which was published in the U.S. on February 18, 1885—is a subversive confrontation of slavery and racism.


Banned or Challenged:

1885 - Massachusetts - Banned in Concord as "trash and suitable only for the slums."

1905 - New York - Excluded from the Brooklyn Public Library's children's colleciton because "Huck not only itched but scratched, and that he said sweat when he should have said perspiration."

1930 - Confiscated at the USSR border

1957 - New York - Dropped from New York City list of books recommended for senior and junior high schools partly for use of racial language

1969 - Florida - Removed from Miami-Dade Junior College required reading because it "creates an emotional block for black students that inhibits learning."

1976 - Illinois - Challenged for racism at the New Trier High School at Winnetka

1981 - Pennsylvania - Challenged for racism at the Tamament Junior High in Warrington.


The rest of the reasons can be found here

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

An imaginative and mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, in the Mississippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. After playing hooky from school on Friday and dirtying his clothes in a fight, Tom is made to whitewash the fence as punishment on Saturday.


Banned or Challenged:

I had trouble finding more reasons, but it is probably clear that the reasons are similar to Huck Finn.



The Canterbury Tales

At the Tabard Inn, a tavern in Southwark, near London, the narrator joins a company of twenty-nine pilgrims. The pilgrims, like the narrator, are traveling to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury. The narrator gives a descriptive account of twenty-seven of these pilgrims, including a Knight, Squire, Yeoman, Prioress, Monk, Friar, Merchant, Clerk, Man of Law, Franklin, Haberdasher, Carpenter, Weaver, Dyer, Tapestry-Weaver, Cook, Shipman, Physician, Wife, Parson, Plowman, Miller, Manciple, Reeve, Summoner, Pardoner, and Host.


Banned or Challenged:

I couldn't find much info other than language, sexual innuendo, critical of powerful constituencies (the church)


Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels Summary. Gulliver embarks on four separate voyages in Gulliver's Travels. There is a storm before every journey. All the four voyages add new perspectives to Gulliver's life and also give him new opportunities for satirizing the ways of England.


Banned or Challenged:



A hard one to find a good source. Here is what I could dig up. "Gulliver's Travels" is a famous satirical novel by Jonathan Swift, but the work has also been banned for the displays of madness, the public urination, and other controversial topics. Here, we are transported to through the dystopian experiences of Lemuel Gulliver, as he sees giants, talking horses, cities in the sky, and much more. The book was originally censored because of the politically sensitive references Swift makes in his novel. "Gulliver's Travels" was also banned in Ireland for being "wicked and obscene." William Makepeace Thackeray said of the book that it was "horrible, shameful, blasphemous, filthy in word, filthy in thought."



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 Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–1602 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck.


Banned or Challenged:


Many of Shakespeare’s plays have fallen under suspicion, but in 1996, a school in New Hampshire removed this comedy because of the cross-dressing and the allusion to same-sex romance (which actually doesn’t happen in the narrative) — which they saw as breaking the school’s rule on “prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction.”

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Le Morte d' Arthur

Le Morte d'Arthur is the tale of King Arthur. It begins with the formation of the Knights of the Round Table and follows the rise of King Arthur and his tragic fall. The story begins with Uther Pendragon, the King of England who lusts after Igraine, who happens to be the wife of the Duke of Tintagil.


Banned or Challenged:

I had a hard time finding more reasons other than what the paper in the photo says.



The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he's telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanatorium.


Banned or Challenged:



1960 - Oklahoma - Teacher was fired in Tulsa from an 11th grade English position for assigning the book. Teacher appealed and was reinstated but the book was removed from the school


1963 - Ohio - Columbus parents asked the school board to ban the novel for being "anti-white" and "obscene." The school board refused.


1975 - Pennsylvania - Removed from reading list after parents complained about the language and content. The book was reinstated after the school board vote, orginally 5-4, was deemed illegal as they required a two-thirds vote in favor to remove a text.


1977 - New Jersey - Challenged and the board ruled the book could be read in an advanced placement class with parental permission.


1978 - Washington - Issaquah school removed it from their optional reading list


1979 - Michigan - Removed from the required reading list at Middleville.


1980 - Ohio - Removed from Jackson Milton school libraries in North Jackson




Alabama - Removed from Anniston High School libraries and later reinstated


Manitoba, Canada - Removed from school libraries in Morris along with two other books as they violate committee's guidelines covering "excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things  concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult."




The rest of the reasons can be found here

(spoiler show)



 To Kill A Mockingbird

Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. Scout spends her summers playing with Jem and their friend Dill, who visits his aunt in Maycomb each summer. The children become obsessed with Boo Radley, the reclusive neighbor rumored to have stabbed his own father in the leg with a pair of scissors.


Banned or Challenged:



After a mother complained to the superintendent that her son was uncomfortable with the N-word, the novel was removed from the 8th-grade curriculum at Biloxi (MS) Public Schools in the middle of teaching it, without following policy. After national outcry, the book is available to be taught as an optional assignments with the written permission of a parent. At Hamilton (AZ) High School, parents expressed concern over a school assignment addressing the use of the N-word in the classic novel.



Retained in the Accomack County (VA) Public Schools. A parent objected to racial slurs in the book. After being temporarily removed on Nov. 29, 2016, the book was reinstated on Dec. 6 by the school board.



Banned or challenged for offensive language and racism.



Removed from the St. Edmund Campion Secondary School classrooms in Brampton (Ontario, Canada) because a parent objected to language used in the novel, including the N-word.


The rest of the reasons can be found here.

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video 2018-10-01 19:37

The Reveal! Please excuse how awkward I am! Also I had some technical diffuculties at the end, so I am sorry that the video cuts off.

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text 2018-10-01 14:25
Blind Date With A Book, Banned Style!

My local store is really stepping it up with their banned book section.


Today when I went in they had a bunch of wrapped banned books. I know it is a gamble to take a book only based on why it was banned, but I couldn't resist. I like the mystery behind "Blind Date With A Book." I bought most of their wrapped books. Oops.


There is a chance I own some of these. The reason for banning sounds familar. If I do own them, I will find them a good home. Stay tuned for a video of me upwrapping these!


Please put your guesses below!









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review 2018-07-21 14:34
Vom Ansatz her richtig, richtig gut, aber ...
Blind Date mit der Liebe - Kari Lessir

Ninas Leben dreht sich um die Arbeit und sogar beim Joggen denkt sie nur daran. Im Anzeigenverkauf muss man eben immer Vollgas geben. Doch sollte man im Park vielleicht seine Umgebung nicht völlig vergessen. Denn auf einmal rennt sie einen richtig heißen Typen um, der ihr daraufhin ordentlich die Leviten liest.

Der heiße Typ ist nämlich blind und sieht es gar nicht ein, dass andere keine Augen im Kopf haben. Schnell erholt sich Nina von ihrem Fauxpas und Jan bandelt mit ihr an.

Mir war mal wieder nach einem Liebesroman und ich dachte mir, dass ich mit "Blind Date mit der Liebe" goldrichtig liege. Mich hat an dem Buch das Thema Blindheit beim Kennenlernen und sich Annähern gereizt, weil es mal etwas anderes zu lesen ist.

Jetzt aber zurück zu Nina und Jan, die in diesem Roman regelrecht aufeinander prallen. Diese Eingangsszene fand ich sehr charmant und ich hoffte, dass die Handlung im weiteren Verlauf ebenso hinreissend erzählt wird. 

Leider musste ich die Hoffnung aufgeben und kann der Autorin derzeit nur ihre ausgezeichneten Ideen zugute halten. 

Jans Blindheit ist natürlich stark im Vordergrund und sämtliche alltägliche Situationen, die damit einhergehen, werden exzellent beschrieben und wunderbar umgesetzt. 

Doch Jans Handicap wird im zwischenmenschlichen Bereich absolut überthematisiert. Nina beginnt für ihn Gefühle zu entwickeln und Jan geht es ebenso. Als Leser habe ich mich gefragt, was die Grundlage für diese Emotionen ist? Denn sie sprechen ausschließlich über die Behinderung. Es dreht sich einfach alles darum! Mir ist schon klar, dass solche Umstände eine große Rolle spielen und man sich beiderseits fragt, ob man überhaupt eine Beziehung eingehen will und zu einem gemeinsamen Leben fähig ist. Jedoch muss man vorher den anderen Menschen kennenlernen, bevor man an mögliche amouröse Entwicklungen denkt. Protagonist Jan wird komplett auf seine Blindheit reduziert und Nina ist schmückendes Beiwerk dazu.

Außerdem haben etliche Handlungen auf mich nicht schlüssig gewirkt. Sei es, dass Jan mal etwas ausprobieren will, was er sich bisher nicht getraut hat und dieses Vorhaben trotz Unsicherheit vor Publikum angeht, in der einen Minute tough und in der nächsten einfach armselig wirkt, oder wie der Antagonist der Story reagiert. 

Leider wird der Strang um Jans ‚Gegenspieler‘ ziemlich abstrus und verliert für mich komplett an Glaubwürdigkeit. Die Grundstory hätte mit Jan und Nina meiner Ansicht nach schon gereicht, weil mit dem Thema Blindheit schon von Vornherein sehr viel Konfliktpotential vorhanden ist.

Hingegen hat sich die Autorin bei anderen Facetten - zum Beispiel Jans emotionalem Verfall - wieder richtig viel Gedanken gemacht und diesen Hergang hervorragend geschildert.

Ganz ehrlich gesagt, dieser Roman hat auf mich einfach unfertig gewirkt und ein professionelles Lektorat wäre für die Autorin bestimmt hilfreich gewesen. Der Spannungsbogen hängt durch, die Zwischentöne fehlen und dramaturgisch wurde gravierend daneben gegriffen, was mir richtig weh in meiner Leserseele tut.

Obwohl das jetzt eine schlechte Kritik an diesem Werk ist, fand ich es vom Ansatz her richtig, richtig gut. Ich würde „Blind Date mit der Liebe“ lieber als Konzept oder Entwurf verstehen, aus dem noch ein fundierter und großartiger Roman entstehen kann. Bedauerlicherweise kann ich keine Leseempfehlung aussprechen, sollte die Geschichte aber eines Tages auf soliden Füßen stehen, würde ich sie sehr gern ein weiteres Mal lesen.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-08-11 00:00
Blind Date
Blind Date - Bella Jewel

Blind Date is another thriller from Bella Jewel that will have you sleeping with the lights on and seriously questioning dating sites.

Hartley lost her husband 4 years ago in an accident. Her BFF Taylor cons her into getting 'back out there' and sets her up on some blind dates via a website. The first two? Total duds. However, on date three she meets Jacob and there are sparks. They click and begin to see each other but obviously, Hartley wants to take things slow. However, strange things start happening. Her late husband's t shirt is on the kitchen table one morning with no explanation. Then she wakes up to find their wedding video playing on the TV. Jacob and Taylor convince her that its due to her sleepwalking combined with her reentry into the dating world. While that seems the most logical answer, Hart is skeptical.

There is also her rude neighbor, Ace. He is a detective and despite Hart's attempts to be polite by saying 'Hello', he continues to treat her like she is invisible. They slowly begin to get to know each other a little; of course, all this is taking place while weird things are happening in her home...

I thought that the villain was very obvious; however, the suspense of the story lies in the how and why more so than the who. I read Blind Date very quickly as well because I needed to know how it would all turn out. Hartley's struggle to determine what is real and what isn't was engrossing and heart stopping because as a reader, you know she isn't crazy! Jewel manages to give you something expected and yet still keep you on your toes in ways you didn't imagine. I am really loving her romantic suspense stories because they are all unique in some way that is totally unexpected for me!

  • POV: 1st
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: secret identity, stalking
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes

...then you will probably like Blind Date!


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