Thursday, December 15, 2022

1000 Books Project: Banned Books 2023

Challenge Backstory:
I picked up a copy of James Mustich's amazing 1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life Changing List and upon looking through it, I realized it really is a well-rounded reading recommendation book. I was pleased to discover I have read quite a few of the books he lists, and that many of them are on my personal reading lists (and they are books I own). So, to ever expand my reading horizons, and include others in the journey, I decided to create a read-along challenge, or project, if you will.

Sadly, the 2022 1000 Books Project was a bust, at least for me. I'm still reading The Once and Future King (gradually), and I had to give up on the Gormenghast Trilogy and set it aside for another day. I guess those selections were just too daunting for my 2022. What about you? If you participated, did you finish? 

Taking into consideration the above, I decided to try to make things a bit easier for 2023. We will read four much shorter books (instead of chunksters), meaning books at around 400 pages or less. One book each quarter. And the theme this year is Banned Books. There has been so much going on in the past couple of years regarding the banning and challenging of books, with actual libraries having to close down due to lack of funding from city governments who object to diverse and/or boundary challenging reading material. Any way I can raise awareness about this issue...I'm going to do it. 

And so, without further ado, here are our reading selections for 2023...

January, February, March - in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, The Accident (The Night Trilogy #1-3)
by Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel (Translator)

Reference: Page 851-852 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

April, May, June 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Reference: Page 398 - 399 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

July, August, September - in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in September

Reference: Page 16 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

October, November, December

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Strangely enough, I have seen this book on some horror recommendation lists so I thought this would be a good read for October (and going into November/December, if needed)

Reference: Page 569-570 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

Watch for the reading schedule for our first read-along, The Night Trilogy, which I will have posted on January 1st, or there about. 

If you're joining us, please leave a comment below (and a link, if you post about it on your blog or social media). 

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  1. Great choices, Michelle! I will join you gladly. Some are rereads for me but many years later, it is always a new experience. Remind me or post when you are starting, so I don't lose track, haha. I have copies of Night and Dawn already, so I am all set to begin. Thank you for the thought you put into this!

    1. You're welcome! Glad you will be joining us. I'll be posting the schedule for the Night Trilogy by the 1st or 2nd of January. Stay tuned. :)

  2. I'm in! The reading for this was a bust for me too..........I still may try to get to them some day but yeah, they were daunting this past year.

    I have The House of the Spirits and Beloved. I don't think I'll reread House of the Spirits. It was only a so-so read for me the first time. But I really enjoyed Beloved and I'm looking forward to The Night Trilogy and Brave New World. Thanks for hosting this once again, Michelle!

  3. Yay! Glad you're joining me again. Boy, last year's was a bust for both of us. lol
    I'm wondering if I will ever be able to get into Gormenghast. :/


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