Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014

It's that time of year again -- Banned Books Week!

This year's Banned Books Week is September 21-27.  This week always sneaks up on me every year, so as always I made a last minute decision (last night) on what I am going to read.

Every year during Banned Books Week, I always read one of the top ten banned and challenged books from the previous year.  Here is the list of the top ten challenged books in 2013:
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. 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
As always, there are a few repeats on here from previous years.  Last year I read Looking for Alaska during Banned Books Week, and it's still on the list.  The Sherman Alexie book (which is really good, by the way) has been on the list more years than not, it seems, and of course Toni Morrison is a frequent visitor to this list.  I am also unsurprised about Fifty Shades of Grey.

I might also check out A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, since I haven't heard of that one before.

I encourage everyone to read a banned book during this week, and never stop celebrating your freedom to read!

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