Blackballs, Scarlet Letters, and Other Things on Your Bookshelf

How many books on your bookshelf right now have been challenged, banned, censored, outlawed, or burned? If you’re curious just how scarlet your bookshelf is, then take Buzzfeed’s How Scandalous Is Your Reading History quiz and find out. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. No doubt you have other objectionable reads lying around that are not listed here, but the quiz is fun and gives you some idea just how many classics and old or new favorites have found themselves on the chopping block (and how well-read you are).

In other news, I apologize for the infrequent reviews here on the blog lately. I’ve had some health complications that have taken priority and everything else got pushed to the back burner. But the blog is back on a burner and bubbling away. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble- Sorry, still have the Bard on the brain from Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday yesterday. But, hey, MacBeth and Something Wicked This Way Comes have both been banned or challenged. Anyway, more reviews will be up soon and, as always, if you want to see a particular banned book or particular type of book reviewed, we’re always open to suggestions. We’re also planning a special theme this summer, so stay tuned for more.


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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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