10.01.2012

banned books week

There is a harmony in Autumn, and a luster in its sky...
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

One of my fondest memories of growing up was choosing a banned book to read each Autumn during Banned Books Week. My mother encouraged my sister and I to read anything and everything. There were no limits with age regarding even the heftier sorts of books. The attitude in our home was: If a book looks interesting to you, try it out.

Some evenings we would have book readings at the dinner table. I remember listening to my mother's voice as she would get into the character she read. It tickled us to no end. We'd each take turns to read a few pages. Books were so irresistible and sharing was always welcomed. It was a clever way to lure us into a good story which worked every time.

This week is Banned Books Week. A fun aspect is reading over the Frequently Challenged Books List (the 30 Years Timeline is neat too!). It's crazy to see the books that end up on the list. The best part is that these lists are put into reverse use. People purposefully read the books on the list. I can't think of a better thing to celebrate this week. Happy Reading.

camera: pentax k1000

26 comments:

  1. What a beautiful look at autumn you've given us here. Thank you. Your book readings at the dinner table clearly helped shape who you are today. Wise parenting.

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  2. Wow, the red leaves are so beautiful.

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  3. What a beautiful tradition that must have been, to have your mother read aloud for you. My mom and I have recently started to do that together. We read Wislawa Szymborska's poems in polish and then we interpret them together.

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  4. I love this story. Every child should be encouraged to read the way your mom encouraged you and your siblings.
    Also, Autumn in the US is just so much more vibrant than in Denmark. Such gorgeous leaves!

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  5. happy reading to you, too :)

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  6. Beautiful colours- and I am glad I too was brought up by a bookworm mum and a storytelling dad. We never had banned book week back home but I just noticed it in Auckland city library today- it was lovely to see people crowding round to pick books to read with a look of mischief on their faces at the word 'banned' :0

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  7. i didn't know this - so intriguing, will check out the lists! -- and what wonderful memories, i didn't realise you came from such an actively book-loving family, but no wonder! :)

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  8. that's so cool!! what a great autumn ritual...i think i'm going to try incorporating it into my life this week. thanks! :)

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  9. I love that tradition! I might copy. :)

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  10. so beautiful: the tradition, the imagery, the photographs.

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  11. And I can't think of a better thing to celebrate either (other than your marvellous autumnal images). What a wonderful upbringing you had - we have encouraged and allowed our boys to read anything and everything, and it's be great to see what they choose and discuss how they feel or interpret their choices. I recently heard a review of Joseph Anton (Salman Rushdie's memoir) and will be adding to my reading list...
    Have a wonderful Wednesday
    Annie x

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  12. That sounds like a great mom. So which banned book are you reading?

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  13. The pictures are sheer poetry.
    And reading the 'forbidden' is always such a stolen thrill!

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  14. Aah, Autumn's flaming leaves! You are a photographer after my own heart with these shots. I have never understood how some people could not enjoy Fall. Gorgeous photos, they really capture the color.

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  15. beautiful family tradition. thank you for sharing! happy readings

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  16. beautiful fall photographs!

    the thing about people telling me i'm not allowed to read something... it would just make me want to read it more! i shall be choosing a banned book for my next read now :)

    we went to berlin recently and visited the memorial to the burning of the books.... a very moving experience.

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  17. your autumn photos are soooo beautiful!

    enjoy your reading :)

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  18. Hi Alexandria
    The time has come!

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  19. beautiful colours :), I like analog cameras

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  20. wow beautiful colors. film is always extra nice

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  21. Wow! So beautiful! This set of photos make me miss Japan's autumn foliage so much!

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  22. Thanks!!
    I have not yet seen red maple leaves this year.

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  23. These are some awesome photos! They would make beautiful postcards. Did you take these photos? If so, do you have a postcard printer? i would love to have one of those! They would really come in handy. Where can I find one? Thank you for your help!

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