It’s that time of year again – the time to celebrate reading freedom. It is a week at the end of September that “highlights the value of free and open access to information.”
I live with the lifestyle that I, and everyone around me, should be able to read whatever they want. Reading is such a personal experience that I couldn’t imagine not letting someone read something because it may not agree with your stance on the book. I mean, I didn’t stop my mom from reading Fifty Shades of Grey even though I absolutely abhor that book and everything that is stands for. We should all be reading what we want to read – the only people who has the ability to ban someone from reading something is yourself for yourself…and then at that point it’s not so much ‘banning’ as choosing not to read it.
Most of the life lessons I’ve learned while reading have come from books that are banned or challenged, so I will always be in favour of reading freedom. Read what you like, read what you want, and don’t listen to what anyone else says.
Now that that is out of the way here is the list of the most frequently banned or challenged books I have read:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Blues Eye by Toni Morrison
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I think that is all of them…well from what I have found anyway.
What banned or challenged books have you read?