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I’m 46 years old, female, from the United States. I’ve been a DailyLit member since September 17, 2010. My reading interests include Horror, and Women.
"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison and "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein
I loved these modern ghost stories! I surprised by the variety - David Wellington's imagination (and ability to throw curves) is amazing!
Since so MANY books are challenged and banned, I used to the ALA Banned Books Week website that lists the top 100 banned books of the decade to choose my favorite from that list. http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedbydecade/2000_2009/index.cfm I think the thing that strikes me the most is that I've read most of those books and so many of them are favorites - but then I guess that makes sense since the more popular a book is the more likely it is to be noticed and banned. So anyway, of all those books listed, I'd have to say that the Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is my favorite banned book. I read it nearly 20 years ago and the story continues to stay with me. It was my first introduction to Morrison and I've since read everything she has written.
There are three books that stand out in my memory that we had to read in school. When I was a freshman in high school we had to read Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read. I never understood what made it great - or even good - literature, but it certainly was a memorable story. We then had to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and even though alagorical nature of the book didn't particularly resonate with me at the time, the brutallity and bleakness of the story certainly made an impression. In fact certain lines from the book still go through my head from time to time. Weird ones like "Piggy has asmar". Hmmm. Then in my sophmore year we read To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and finally - FINALLY - we were reading something that I could actually love.