Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Some of my favorite books have been banned

Foyle's Books tweeted this and I love it.

As always, I didn't realize Banned Books Week was coming till it was upon us but better late joining in on the fun than never. I've just been perusing various banned book lists and it never fails to surprise me just how many books on those "most frequently banned" lists I've not only read but loved. I did find one I've never read that I knew I could pluck off a shelf. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers happens to be among Kiddo's favorites but I didn't realize it had been banned or challenged. It's on the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books List: 1990-1999. I'm going to add that to my reading list for the week. Kiddo will probably be thrilled. He's been talking about it for years and loves to share his favorites with me.

A few of my favorite banned or challenged books:

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (New favorite! I also love The Grapes of Wrath)
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

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