I Read Banned Books!

I Read Banned Books!

If you spend much time traveling at all, you probably also spend a fair amount of time reading.  Sitting in an airport, on a plane, or in a hotel room, chances are you are going to pick up something to read.

Flight Attendants are frequently repositories of reading materials, collecting left behind magazines and newspapers.  Passengers also pass on to us books that they’ve finished.  We, in turn, take what we want, leave behind what we’ve finished with, and the process of sharing our reading continues.  Think of it as an informal lending library.  We laughingly call it the Jumpseat Library. 

This week is Banned Book Week.  It’s hard to believe that some of those classics that I read in high school and college are still being challenged or banned.  To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee), my all time favorite book, is still being challenged today.  This was probably the most influential reading of my life.

To celebrate this week, I’m heading off to pick up a challenged book or two.  I’ll be traveling all week, and will proudly carry and read my banned books.  I invite you to do the same.  And if you have a minute, let me know what you’re reading!

To Kill a Mockingbird 

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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