It is Banned Book week, a time when we can reflect on censorship and our right to read. It gives us a chance to think about how others try to dictate what we should and shouldn’t read–or think.
From the American Library Association list of top 100 books banned between 2000-2009, here is a list of books that I’ve read (and enjoyed):
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (a book about book banning no less)
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Some of these books are among my favourites, ones I’d recommend that anyone (including my kids) read.
Here are a few of my favourite classic books that have been banned or challenged:
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
1984, by George OrwellAnimal Farm, by George Orwell
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells
Perusing this list, many books on my list of 100 books to read in the next five four years. Guess I’ve got great taste in books.