Happy Banned Books Week!
From the 27th September to the 3rd October is banned book week. This is a national celebration surrounding the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.
I have read a selection of banned books, some are more popular than others – Harry Potter is banned in some parts. Some of the books I have read are well known banned texts such as Brave New World, Alice in Wonderland, 1984 and Lolita. What people are failing to realise that books still get banned today Perks of Being a Wallflower, Saga (The Graphic Novel) and Harry Potter being prime examples.
Check out this Buzzfeed list ‘How Scandalous Is Your Reading History?‘ to see how many banned books you have read. You may be surprised at some of the options…
There are so many books that have been banned that I have wanted to read, so I complied a list of 10 books that have been banned that I want to read…
1. American Psyscho by Brett Easton Ellis
2. The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. Farenheit 451 by Ray Badbury
5. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
6. One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath