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Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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LibraryDid you know that September 21 – September 27 is Banned Books Week? It is when bookstores, libraries, and avid readers focus on books that have been banned, for whatever reason, by people who disapproved of them. You might be surprised by how many popular authors, and classic books, have been banned. It is often suggested the people purchase a book that had been banned during Banned Books Week. Here are some tips to help you save money on some excellent books.

Visit the Library
Your local library is a great place to visit during Banned Books Week. Many libraries set up special displays that feature books that have been banned. The displays often include some of the reasons why a certain book had been banned. It is very interesting to learn about! Of course, the books that you borrow from the library are free. Just make sure that you return the book on time so you can avoid paying a late fee.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks. You can find free epub books and free kindle books, that can be downloaded or read online. This is a great place to look for books that are considered to be Classics, that are often assigned to students to read in school, and that have been banned. Here are a few titles I found that have been banned:

* Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale by Herman Melville
* The Call of the Wild by Jack London
* The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Audible.com
Do you prefer to listen to books instead of read them? Audible.com has over 150,000 titles of audio books (and more). You can get a free trial to their service and one free audio book. There are two membership plans to choose from after your free trial runs out. One gives you 1 book a month for $14.95. The other gives you 2 books a month for $22.95. Here are a few titles of banned books that I found at Audible.com:

* The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It is narrated by actress Claire Danes.
* Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. It is narrated by actress Selma Blair.
* To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is narrated by actress Sissy Spacek.

Barnes & Noble
Purchase any 3 kids’ books, and you can get a copy of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for $8.99. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, is on sale in hardcover for $15.61. These books are among the many children’s books that have been banned.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.