I cannot believe we’re getting ready to embark on another month. The year has flown by!
This month’s challenge was to read a book that has been banned. I find it insane that this was ever an issue – yet books continue to be challenged today. A Facebook friend recently shared that The Wizard of Oz was banned at one time because it “celebrated women in leadership roles.” THAT is why I thought it was an important challenge!
Banned Books Week is actually September 25-October 1. Poor planning on my part. If you’re interested in participating, check out their site! I may read another banned book that week as well. Here’s their list of 2015’s top ten most challenged books if you need inspiration.
I chose to read A Streetcar Named Desire. I’d somehow never read it or seen the movie starring the gorgeous Marlon Brando. I didn’t know much about it, honestly, aside from seeing clips of Brando yelling “Stella!” my entire life. But guys. It was beautiful. It’s a play, of course, but I read it within a few hours.
What can you say about a classic? It’s dark and sad and fast-paced. It provides great commentary on aging and female relationships. There’s homosexuality and violence and sex – easy to see why it was banned at one time. If you’ve ever read Tennessee Williams, you are familiar with those themes. I devoured it and intend to watch the classic movie soon.
September’s Book Challenge is a book currently on the New York Times Bestsellers list. I haven’t made up my mind, but I’m thinking The Girl on the Train since I’m the only person on the planet who hasn’t read it. Any suggestions?
Make sure to check out what Llinos read this month!
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