Happy Banned Book Week !!!!

Banned Books week started in 1982 to promote freedom of ideas and literature by a group of authors, avid readers, publishers, editors and librarians. In 2012, the Office of Intellectual Freedom recorded 484 challenges, but the American Library Association says that less than 80% were actually reported.

For this year, these are the top 10 “banned “books being challenged:

 

“Captain Underpants” (series) by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

 

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

 

“Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

 

“Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

 

“And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

 

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

 

“Looking for Alaska” by John Green

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

 

“Scary Stories” (series) by Alvin Schwartz

Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

 

“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

 

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

 

I really think that no book should be banned. Ever. There is a reason why they are written and someone, someplace will make sense of them. We don’t have to agree with everything we read, but that doesn’t mean we have to try and shut down that which we don’t agree with or intimidates our upstanding beliefs and moral values. Personally, I have read a couple of the books on this list, and while they might deviate from what society considers “normal”, they do not offend anybody. I also had a bit of trouble believing there are still people that feel intimidated by new ideas that much that they would feel the need to try to ban these books. I mean , this isn’t the Middle Ages. So, as a personal goal, I’ll try to add these books to my to-read list and hopefully finish before the end of the year. 

For more information, visit www.bannedbooksweek.org

As always, thanks for reading!! 

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