Read a Banned Book This Week

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I think Banned Books Week actually began yesterday, but I was too busy writing about candlelight to remember that I wanted to write a post about it. Whoops.

So, it’s officially Banned Books Week 2014. Don’t you think this week should be a bit more celebrated than it is? I mean, I would be willing to put a whole lot of money on the fact that no one in my family even knows about it. I wish someone would give me that opportunity so I could become an instant millionaire. But no, no one has asked me to bet any money. It’s an unfortunate occurrence. But now you get to hear about it from me.

Each year the American Library Association releases its annual list of most challenged books. These challenges are not astronomical numbers, but they do happen and come from religious groups, parents, and sometimes even teachers. Don’t be misled by the name of the annual list or by the name of the week itself. These books aren’t banned, just challenged. Well I guess technically some books are actually banned in other parts of the world where banned books is a real thing, but that has nothing to do with what I’m writing here.

So the ALA releases its list relatively early in the year and then celebrates Banned Books Week a little later on. Now I know what you’re wondering. How can you celebrate? Simple, read a book from the list. Or two. Or the top ten. Here’s a refresher of the current list of the most banned books.

1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian bu Sherman Alexie

4. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6.  A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

9. Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

So there you have the top ten. And if you’re in a celebratory mood and feel like reading one of the books listed, then I’d suggest tackling #5. But that’s just me.

How are you celebrating Banned Books Week?

Also, if you’re interested in my thoughts about each book on the list, check out this post from earlier this year in which I discuss each book.

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19 thoughts on “Read a Banned Book This Week

  1. It makes me happy to have read five of those books.

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  2. I just reread The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so I’m good to go.

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  3. Man, I LOVE the Bone series and Captain underpants, too. Does it count if I’ve already read them?

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  4. I know I’m WAY too late for this post but Captain Underpants- REALLY? My son adored the Captain Underpants books. They (along with the Mr Gumm books by Andy Stanton- hilarious kids books, but laugh out loud funny, even for adults- read, please :)) actually got him into reading more than the back of a cereal box.
    Now he’s about to start the third Hunger Games book… Is there a pattern forming here? Just so long as he doesn’t ask for E.L. James for his birthday…
    P.S Accidentally wrote M.R. James first time round- have his ghost stories ever been ‘challenged’ in the States?

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  5. Pingback: Some Good and Some Bad all at Once | Write me a book, John!

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