Monday, September 24, 2018

Happy Banned Books Week!

Yep, it's that time of year again: Banned Books Week.  Longtime followers of my blog will know that I love Banned Books Week.  I always take advantage of the opportunity to read something that has been so challenged or banned the previous year that it made it onto the top 10 list.

Last year, I read Sex Criminals, Vol. I.  It was a graphic novel, which meant way outside of my comfort zone.  But I actually rather enjoyed it.  I need to finish them, but at the time the second book wasn't available from my library.

This year the list of the top 10 banned books of 2017 is a bunch of old favorites.  There are certain books that crop up fairly regularly, and this year has plenty of them.  Here's the list of the top 10 banned and challenged books of 2017:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  3. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole
  10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
I've already read Thirteen Reasons Why and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, both of which have been on past years' lists.  And of course I read To Kill a Mockingbird in school, as most people have, although I read it again a few years ago.  As much as I want to see how a nonfiction informational book like Sex is a Funny Word could make it on the list, I think this year I'm going to read George.  I might also try to finally read The Kite Runner, which has been on my radar forever but I've never actually gotten around to reading.

I'm already in the midst of another book, but hopefully I can finish it up quickly and still read George this week.  I always like to try to celebrate Banned Books Week by reading something challenged during the actual week!

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