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message 1: by midnightreadingg (last edited Jul 30, 2016 03:48PM) (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Welcome! I'm one of the two moderators in The Banned Books Club. Please introduce yourself by stating your name, age,your favourite genre's and your expectations for the group.

My name is Oluchi , I am 17 years old, my favourite genre's are: fantasy, romance, dystopian future, horror, thriller, mystery and drama. All in all I can't wait to see how far we can take this group!


message 2: by hal (new)

hal  | 1 comments Greetings! My name is Haley but sometimes I go by Ley (sounds like "Lee"). You may call me either. I am 16 years old. I read a variety of different genres, but if I had to pick a favorite I would say fantasy. I also like books with LGBT themes and characters.
If a book is banned, it only makes me want to read it more. I guess it's my way of sticking it to the man :) And I like chatting about books, so that's why I joined this group. I can't wait to start talking about banned books with everyone!


midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Nice to meet you Ley! And welcome to our group. I can't wait to discuss books with you. I'm so glad fantasy is on the top of your list because fantasy is also the top on mine.
The first book we'll be reading this month is Catcher in the Rye :)!


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Lupe Dominguez (lupedominguez) | 2 comments Hi there! I'm Lupe (pronounced like LOO-PAY) and I'm 28 years old. I've done a LOT of reading in my small amount of time on this Earth so I love pretty much all genres....except Harlequin-esque romance. Yuck. Actually I think I just overdid it in that genre so I've stayed away lol.


message 5: by Jenn (new)

Jenn (tellingmelies) Hello! My name is Jenn and I'm interested in how many of these banned books I may have already read and can't wait to be introduced to more :) As for genres I love reading, all hold some interest to me but I tend to read mostly YA & paranormal.


message 6: by Susan O (new)

Susan O (sozmore) Wow. You will think I'm ancient at 59, but I love reading just about anything. I love history and occasionally science, BUT I also read mystery, fantasy, YA, paranormal, and classics. Before I retired I taught high school math and science, but I also kept books on a shelf in my room to lend out. Twilight was particularly popular. :) I love to see young people reading, so it's really exciting that you have taken the initiative and started this group. I may lurk and I'll try not to stifle anything with my "ancient-ness". LOL


message 7: by Susan O (new)

Susan O (sozmore) Thank you for the welcome, and believe it or not I've never read 1984 so I'll be reading that with you in Sept.


message 8: by Tom (last edited Aug 26, 2016 05:06PM) (new)

Tom Mathews | 35 comments Thanks to Oluchi for the invitation. I'm not sure how well I'll fit in being an old curmudgeon and all but I have a lifelong aversion to being told what not to read so I'm all for a banned book group. My parents were wise enough to realize this and let me read whatever I wanted on the condition that I read a wide variety of subjects and genres with the result that my reading ran the gamut from the Hardy Boys to Shakespeare to Fanny Hill. I've read all of the books in the current poll but hope that future polls consider The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or Lolita or Their Eyes Were Watching God.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


message 9: by Tom (new)

Tom Mathews | 35 comments ✿Ivy Roots✿ wrote: "It's great that you have read all the books in the current poll! How did you find them? Will you be willing to give any of them a re-read? "

All of them are good but there's a couple that I wouldn't mind rereading. I haven't read Slaughterhouse-Five since high school so I voted for that. The last time I read 1984, it was still in the future.


message 10: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Thanks for joining Tom! You rock! I read slaughterhouse five last year and it was very different from a wide variety of books I have read. To be honest, I understand the concept of the book but I wasn't able to dive in and enjoy the flow of it. I will probably re-read next year just to see how I stand on it then :)Tom wrote: "✿Ivy Roots✿ wrote: "It's great that you have read all the books in the current poll! How did you find them? Will you be willing to give any of them a re-read? "

All of them are good but there's a ..."



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Diamond Landis (floorcake) Hi! My name is Diamond and I'm new to this group. :-)


message 12: by Sanroop (new)

Sanroop (rooper) | 4 comments Hey guys. I'm Sanroop and Im a recent addition to the group. Fascinated by fiction, thriller, drama, sci-fi and any book great enough to captivate one's mind.
Hoping to stay active in this group!
Good day people.


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Sanroop (rooper) | 4 comments Thank you. I would like to take this moment to suggest this novel. i hope you have a great time.One Hundred Years of Solitude


message 14: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Sanroop wrote: "Thank you. I would like to take this moment to suggest this novel. i hope you have a great time.One Hundred Years of Solitude"
Hi Sanroop! Thanks for joining :). I've had One Hundred Years of Solitude on my want to read shelf for ages but I am yet to read it. Will definitely read it this month because of your recommendation! :))


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Sanroop (rooper) | 4 comments ♕♛Oluchi♛♕ wrote: "Sanroop wrote: "Thank you. I would like to take this moment to suggest this novel. i hope you have a great time.One Hundred Years of Solitude"
Hi Sanroop! Thanks for joining :). I've had..."

I struggled a lot trying to complete the book but the book enlightened me in many ways I could not understand.


message 16: by Oscar (new)

Oscar J. | 3 comments If there's any political book that will be banned, it will be a book with an anti-socialism narrative called "The Rantings of An Uneducated Reactionary." It could very well be the most provocative, controversial, iconoclastic political book that there ever was. Oscar J. Phillips.


message 17: by Tom (new)

Tom Mathews | 35 comments Oscar wrote: "If there's any political book that will be banned, it will be a book with an anti-socialism narrative called "The Rantings of An Uneducated Reactionary." It could very well be the most provocative,..."

There is also Mein Kampf and The Turner Diaries.


message 18: by Oscar (new)

Oscar J. | 3 comments Yes, of course. But those two books are known to be anti-Semitic and for that reason are provocative and controversial, but not necessarily iconoclastic. The current mindset of many if not most Americans is that socialistic economic policies are PRO-PEOPLE. To be against socialism comes across as being inhumane. So, in a sense, socialism is our country's "Savior", hence, my book's iconoclasm.


message 19: by Tom (new)

Tom Mathews | 35 comments Oscar wrote: "Yes, of course. But those two books are known to be anti-Semitic and for that reason are provocative and controversial, but not necessarily iconoclastic. The current mindset of many if not most Ame..."

Isn't it a bit presumptuous to label your own book as a banned book?


message 20: by Oscar (new)

Oscar J. | 3 comments I didn't say that it was a banned book. But I did say that it will be banned. And when I said that, I wasn't being literal. I was using half-seriousness and half exaggeration for dramatic effect. In other words, if our country keeps going down a road where political correctness and socio-political despotism reigns supreme, then it is possible but certainly not definite that my book could become number one on the American banned book list.


message 21: by Leslie D. (new)

Leslie D.   | 2 comments Hi all! My name is Leslie, & I am 33 years old. Favorite genres = Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller/Mystery, Memoirs, Poetry, some YA...honestly though, I don't dislike or dismiss a book in any one particular genre based purely on which 'genre' it falls under. I have enjoyed & appreciated books/works from nearly if not all genres! :)
I am excited to join this group because I love discussing the controversies surrounding banned books--why they were banned, where, how, and other readers opinions & thoughts on the banishment of any book!


message 22: by Sanroop (new)

Sanroop (rooper) | 4 comments ✿Ivy Roots✿ wrote: "Sanroop wrote: "Hey guys. I'm Sanroop and Im a recent addition to the group. Fascinated by fiction, thriller, drama, sci-fi and any book great enough to captivate one's mind.
Hoping to stay active ..."

Same here


message 23: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Leslie wrote: "Hi all! My name is Leslie, & I am 33 years old. Favorite genres = Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller/Mystery, Memoirs, Poetry, some YA...honestly though, I don't dislike or dismiss a ..."
Hi Leslie! Welcome to the club!!!Thats one of the many issues why this club in was created- to question the banishment of books and to question what exactly makes a book controversial. Do you have any top 5 fav books you'd like to share Leslie?


message 24: by Carol (new)

Carol Krueger (girlkrug) Hello,

I'm Carol and 33 years old. My favorite genre tends to be young adult and fantasy.
I'm excited for this group to challenge me to read books I would normally read.


message 25: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Carol wrote: "Hello,

I'm Carol and 33 years old. My favorite genre tends to be young adult and fantasy.
I'm excited for this group to challenge me to read books I would normally read."


Hi Carol! Fantasy is one of my all time genre's too. What are your favourite fantasy novels?


message 26: by pokerface (new)

pokerface | 1 comments Howdy! I'm Alex, 22. I love reading epic fantasy and science fiction. I think I'd love the thrill of reading banned books.


message 27: by Annie (new)

Annie R. C. | 1 comments Hey!! I'm Annie and I love reading books about: fantasy, YA, lgbtq+, crime and mystery ✨
I'm excited to broaden my selections of books in this group! Nice to meet you all btw


message 28: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Annie wrote: "Hey!! I'm Annie and I love reading books about: fantasy, YA, lgbtq+, crime and mystery ✨
I'm excited to broaden my selections of books in this group! Nice to meet you all btw"


Hi Annie!! I LOVE fantasy too!! Nice to meet you too and I can't wait for you to really get involved in the group. PLEASE make sure to pick out Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov as it's our Banned Book of the Month :))

P.S- What kind of fantasy novels do you like the most?


message 29: by Gary (last edited Nov 20, 2016 01:51PM) (new)

Gary Greetings, Banned Readers.

(Need to come up with a name for the group participants. Bannies? Banned Bookers? The Uncensored?)

In any case, I saw the recent start on Lolita and noted some not-dumb things folks had said about the book, so I figured I'd join up. Looking forward to reading things other people have read but think nobody else should....


message 30: by Robert (new)

Robert | 11 comments Hi all. The more they ban a book, the more I love to read it. Curiosity killed the cat, but what a way to "die". I said it. My fave banned novel is The Da Vinci Code. I don't know where it was banned, but I know it was.
Happy reading to all!


message 31: by Robert (last edited Jan 11, 2017 01:03AM) (new)

Robert | 11 comments A big welckie mat to all the new members here. You'll enjoy yourselves on this fine book website.....my generation used to say "better than a barrel of monkeys" :)


message 32: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Hello everyone my name is Cindy. I like to read anything with a good story. If I have to pick favorites, it would be mystery, classics and golden age science fiction. I agree when a book gets banned, I ask myself why and it makes me want to read it. I am looking forward to fun and that barrel of monkeys.


message 33: by Kayla (new)

Kayla (kayparker) | 1 comments Hey! I'm Kayla and I am 17. My favourite genres would probably be mythology based books so I guess Fantasy? And then like youth contemporary (Like Laurie Halse Anderson) but I will read anything. I really expect to just learn a lot and find new books and gain some friends or insight from this group!


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Hello☺ My name is Kendall and I am 18 years old. I have been a reader for all of my life and lately have been searching for a good book group to join. I do not prefer one genre to another. The genre that I "avoid" the most is YA romance. I always get bored with the typical love stories. Over the past summer up until now, I have been reading classic books such as "The Color Purple," "Jane Eyre," etc.....I am now reading "The Alchemist." ☺☺☺☺


message 35: by Robert (new)

Robert | 11 comments Cindy wrote: "Hello everyone my name is Cindy. I like to read anything with a good story. If I have to pick favorites, it would be mystery, classics and golden age science fiction. I agree when a book gets banne..."

Hi Cindy! Right on with the banned books.....keep reading and posting here!


message 36: by Robert (new)

Robert | 11 comments Loretta wrote: "Cindy wrote: "Hello everyone my name is Cindy. I like to read anything with a good story. If I have to pick favorites, it would be mystery, classics and golden age science fiction. I agree when a b..."
:):)


message 37: by Robert (new)

Robert | 11 comments Kayla wrote: "Hey! I'm Kayla and I am 17. My favourite genres would probably be mythology based books so I guess Fantasy? And then like youth contemporary (Like Laurie Halse Anderson) but I will read anything. I..."
Welcome Kayla:)


message 38: by Tom (new)

Tom Mathews | 35 comments Wow! The group sure has had a surge of new members. I suspect that the subject of banned books will become even more important in the next few years. Welcome everyone. Keep up the good fight!


message 39: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Loretta wrote: "Me again! Just wondering where do members chat about the books they're reading or anything else for that matter?"

Hi Loretta! We just created one. It's called CURRENTLY READING/BOOKCHAT. Feel free to talk about anything! :)


message 40: by Kim. E. (new)

Kim. E. HI everyone!! I live in Indiana, and apparently due to my state house who has nothing more important to do right now , officially became a Hoosier yesterday. We've been called the Hoosier state for 100 years but not it counts.

Despite what I just wrote I like reading about politics, history, crime, thrillers and classics are growing on me.

Love the idea of a group that focuses on banned books and look forward to digging in.


message 41: by Kim. E. (new)

Kim. E. Loretta wrote: "Kim. E. wrote: "HI everyone!! I live in Indiana, and apparently due to my state house who has nothing more important to do right now , officially became a Hoosier yesterday. We've been called the H..."

Yes dearie! I even wrote on a couple threads! You're a mess!


message 42: by Tom (new)

Tom Mathews | 35 comments Kim. E. wrote: "HI everyone!! I live in Indiana, and apparently due to my state house who has nothing more important to do right now , officially became a Hoosier yesterday. We've been called the Hoosier state for..."

According to Dave Barry in Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland:
Some historians believe [the word Hoosier] comes from the Shawnee expression “ho’o-sa’ars,” or “people who cannot explain their nickname.”



message 43: by Kim. E. (new)

Kim. E. Tom wrote: "Kim. E. wrote: "HI everyone!! I live in Indiana, and apparently due to my state house who has nothing more important to do right now , officially became a Hoosier yesterday. We've been called the H..."

I hadn't heard of that before but it's a perfect explanation! Thanks


message 44: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Kim. E. wrote: "HI everyone!! I live in Indiana, and apparently due to my state house who has nothing more important to do right now , officially became a Hoosier yesterday. We've been called the Hoosier state for..."

Hi Kim E, your favourite genres makes me so curious to know what books
turn you on! :D


message 45: by Tom (new)

Tom Mathews | 35 comments Kim. E. wrote: "Tom wrote: "Kim. E. wrote: "HI everyone!! I live in Indiana, and apparently due to my state house who has nothing more important to do right now , officially became a Hoosier yesterday. We've been ..."

I noticed your mention of Corrie ten Boom and her quote from The Hiding Place in your profile. This will date me but I actually had a chance to meet her back when I was younger than Oluchi. She came and spoke at our church just before I was about to leave home to join the Navy. I was concerned that her attitude towards the military would be soured by her experiences but she couldn't have been kinder, assuring me that God could work through everyone if they let him.


message 46: by Robert's reads (new)

Robert's reads | 1 comments Hi everyone I'm Robert.
I'd just like to say that this is such a good idea for a group!
Currently reading Lolita at the moment, which hopefully means I should be right at home here.


message 47: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Tom wrote: "Kim. E. wrote: "Tom wrote: "Kim. E. wrote: "HI everyone!! I live in Indiana, and apparently due to my state house who has nothing more important to do right now , officially became a Hoosier yester..."

Its like you've lived a very interesting life Tom! You seem like a person that has so many stories to tell! :) Also I cant believe you met Corrie ten Boom! She's such a blessed woman!


message 48: by midnightreadingg (new)

midnightreadingg (httpsreadandbleedwordpresscom) | 42 comments Mod
Robert wrote: "Hi everyone I'm Robert.
I'd just like to say that this is such a good idea for a group!
Currently reading Lolita at the moment, which hopefully means I should be right at home here."


Hi Robert! So happy you could join! I cant wait to here your thoughts on Lolita! :D. I've heard very interesting perspectives on the book and I'm looking forward to hearing more


message 49: by Christine (new)

Christine | 6 comments Hello everyone. My name is Christine and I am 47 years old! My favorite genres are YA, dystopia, historical fiction and fantasy- not necessarily in that order. I also try to sprinkle in a healthy dose of classics (it's like eating a healthy diet at my age :) I love the concept of this group and am also looking forward to hearing different perspectives.


message 50: by Rosie (new)

Rosie B Hey, I'm Rose, and I'm a junior in high school. I can't really think of a genre I don't like, but I definitely prefer books that have really strong characters as well as plot. I want to meet more people who like to read! This groups seems really cool, and I have an interest in banned books. I mean, who doesn't?


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