Hello, readers! Happy Friday!
Tomorrow marks the end of Banned Books Week, which you can read about in my previous post. It’s an important holiday to me, as both a reader and a writer.
And there’s still plenty of time to celebrate. Since it’s Friday, I know you’re in the mood to party. Here are some exciting ways to kick off your weekend.
Check out the “Fun & Games” section of Marquette University’s Banned Books feature. You’ll find a word search, a crossword puzzle, and a trivia quiz!
If that quiz isn’t enough for you, try The Guardian’s “Banned Books and Censorship” quiz. No need to study, but you will see the answer to one of those questions by the end of this post. 😉
And to find out just how you rank as a banned books reader, take the American Civil Liberty Union’s Banned Books Quiz. To up my own score from “Brave New Bibliophile,” I’m vowing to read some more of those selections.
Sure, it may be nerdy to consider taking quizzes on your weekend as fun. If you’re excited about Banned Books Week, though, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re already a nerd. But we nerds have our own candy, and that’s pretty cool, right?
Speaking of cool, I found this quote by Oscar Wilde that perfectly captures the heroism of taking risks as a writer:
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
It’s fitting for why we should read banned books, too. In fact, it’s such an important and timeless cause that I think we should celebrate it all year long, not just during this week. Banned Books Awareness is a great resource to read for updates and thoughts about banned books, all year long.
I bet you can guess the BEST way to “celebrate the right to read.” Pick up 1, or 100, and read it! Let me know what you choose and how you feel after you read it. “Literary gifs” on Tumblr (also here on WordPress) picked out some good ones, along with their reasons for being banned, and created this great graphic. Maybe this can get you started. 🙂