One of my FAVORITE bookish weeks of the year is Banned Book Week. Not only does it give me an excuse to dig into some excellent books… but it also is good to discuss censorship in our reading. Who has the right to say that a book that is not for one person may not be the book another person absolutely needs to read?
Every year I find people who have not heard of banned books – OR have heard of them but did not think it was any longer ” a thing.” Here is the definition of a banned/challenged book:
A book banning is the removal of those materials that someone protested. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, or stores,thereby restricting the access of others.
And yes…. it still happens.
You may be surprised by titles that have been banned or challenged…. most of the classics (Huck Finn controversy ring a bell?), Charlotte’s Web, The Lorax (yes… Suess),Hunger Games, Twilight, The Harry Potter series AND the Chronicles of Narnia books…. all things Hobbit… hopefully that is enough to peak your interest.
So….. this will be my 5th year of hosting the Banned Book Week Event. Please consider joining me in spending the week of September 27 – October 3, reading banned/challenged books. You can find an excellent list to choose from here and here. Certainly, there is something for everyone!
Banning books takes away our rights to read the books we wish to read. As a banned book promoter I do not want to read every banned book. For instance, I have no desire to read 50 Shades Of Grey. However, that does not give me the right to say that you can not read it either. See? It is that simple. 🙂
As in the past years, I am looking for awesome people like YOU to join me during September 27 – October 3 to either: share a favorite banned book post, read and review a banned book, write a post about why banning is wrong or a personal experience with a banned book in your area, post an interview with an author of a banned book, etc… Sign up below and I will connect with you on the day that you are willing to post. Banned Book Awareness is a great way to explore amazing reads and remind us that we have the freedom to read what we choose.
I will have posts here ever day Banned Book Week talking and reviewing banned books and yes there will be cool giveaways. Grab the meme pic at the top of this post and tell others to come sign up here too! I hope you consider joining in – it’s easy to do and you may just find a new book that you love!