This week is banned books week and I would be remiss if I did not do a post about it. Books have the ability to change the world, so of course that comes with controversy.
There is only one book that I have DNF'ed due to inappropriate constant rather than bad writing. It is Clockwork Orange. I know all the bad stuff was the point, but I felt horrible reading the novel, and there is a scene where he was with two little girls that made me want to vomit. I put the book down and refuse to pick it up again. If my children were assigned to read it in school then I would advocate for them to have another book assigned.
As a parent I have that right. However, I do not get to tell my children to not read that book when they are adults. I do not get to tell other people that they cannot read that book, or that other students do not get to read that book. Many people have read Clockwork Orange knowing the point of the book is about all the horrible stuff that I could not stomach.
Books open up new worlds. They start new conversations and add to ongoing conversations. Everyone who writes a book has something to say - that is kind of the point. I find the irony of the banned books list that I have found - they lack diversity. It is like books that are in English about other cultures are not even on the radar of people who are banning books. Which I think says something very important.
Here are ten banned books that I have read - and why I guess people wanted to ban them.
I am officially a black belt.
Saturday was the black belt ceremony, where we received our belt.
Earning my black belt has been a life goal since I was 18. I was excited, but like everything in my life I kept it muted. I am not allowed to be excited or it escalates my children. Apparently, I did not keep it muted enough.
The day was pretty horrible. I hate when I have very limited expectations and it still turns out to be a horrible day. I do not want to get into it, but sometimes autism and schizoaffective disorder just sucks. This was one of those moments.
I ended up arriving to the ceremony frustrated with one child's behavior and ended up leaving early due to another child's behavior. Maybe it is worse because I did not think that it would be an issue. This is the same dojang that we spend a good portion of our time. My daughter should be use to it, but ultimately it was too much for her.
One of my daughters managed to take some pictures, but on Monday - my first class as a black belt - we got a picture of us together. It is my favorite.
I know I have a lot of training left, that there is so much more I can improve. But when I tied on that belt I knew that I had earned it. It was very exciting to have it sitting around my waist on Monday as we did class.
With work crazy busy and the kids back in school I have not done much reading this week.
I am reading more short stories, and finished reading the September issue of Apex magazine. I also finished listening to No One Cares About Crazy People - wow. I know this book will not appeal to everyone, but that is kind of the point. I will write more in my review. However, for now, I will say that I do not think I have read another book written by a parent of a child with Schizoaffective Disorder. While there are still many differences between our situations, it was appreciated that he wrote this book. This week has been difficult, and it is nice to hear someone else speak up. It was nice to hear the positive with the hardship. There is always plenty of both.
I stopped the Psychology of Time Travel. The Poppy Wars was calling to me and I could not resist. It is a long book, and I am about 70% through it now. I like it, and yet I wish that there was more character development. I am getting overdone with war stories. Can't we just all get along? There is already so much chaos in the world. I know, I know, I know. Yet, I still feel this way right now.
I have created my list for my next five reads. Even though I am not finished with my last five, I am close. So, I will probably post the next list the end of this week. I am also trying to catch back up on reviews. I am at least seven books behind. As we are nearing the end of the year I also want to make sure all the books I have read this year have been reviewed.
I have finished 124 books so far. That seems crazy to me. How have I read that many. Also, how are there still so many books left to read? How do you narrow down what to read when there are so many older books as well a so many new releases?
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