Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy Banned Books Week!

I'm a couple days late on this, as Banned Books Week technically started on Sunday.  I've just been super busy and forgot to post about it.  I love Banned Books Week, though, and try to read one of the previous year's top 10 list every single year.

The top 10 banned books lists are starting to look eerily familiar every year, as there are certain books that some people just can't seem to let go of.

Here are the top 10 banned and challenged books of 2014:

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  3. And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  5. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  6. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. A Stolen Life Jaycee Dugard
  10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
You'll notice that at least half of these titles have appeared on previous years' lists: Part-Time Indian, The Bluest Eye, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower have all been on the list before.  And Tango Makes Three is particularly notorious, as it has been on the list pretty much every year since its publication.

Last year I was going to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I was very sick around this time and never got around to it. Since then, I've learned that Judy Blume -- one of my biggest literary heroes for her willingness to tackle controversial subjects -- stood up for this challenged book.  So this year, that's what I'm going to read.

What about you?  What will you read to celebrate Banned Books Week?  Let's exercise our right to read what we want in this country!

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