September 21 through 27 is Banned Books Week, celebrating giving notice to challenged or banned books. Personally, I am very supportive of 1st amendments rights—here in America we have a lot of advantages that other countries don’t have—including our right to free speech.
Think of how INSULAR life may be without your favorite book. Think of how closed off you would be if you could not speak about your favorite book with like minded people. Think about the last book someone recommended that you completely loved—now think of that book as a banned book and if you would not have been able to read it.
I want to thank the ALA for bringing much needed publicity to this issue. The American Library Association tirelessly works to stay on message and get the word out, and this is no exception. You can read some of their coverage by clicking here.
Tanith Lee has a really great, personal story about banned books on her site.
And the ALA site has a place where you can buy some cool stuff that you can use to further the message of bringing attention to banned and challenged books.
Buzzfeed listed 33 Must Read Banned Books. Even though there are a lot of these books that I have loved, my favorite is The Handmaiden’s Tale. I recommend it.
What is your favorite banned/challenged book?