Yet again Banned Book Week has managed to sneak up on me. I truly love this week. I love celebrating the books that have been banned or challenged. First off, let me say, an author is doing something right if they hit a nerve that makes people want to ban them.
Secondly, we are a society that values our freedoms, including the freedom of press. The ability to write whatever type of book we want and for the public to read it. Having weeks like this remind us of our necessity to stay diligent so that we don’t end up like this:
(Yes, those are Nazi’s burning books)
My favorite banned/challenged books are:
- To Kill a Mockingbird. A story of race and friendship in the south. I have loved this book since high school.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends. Because everyone needs a little whimsy in their world
- The Great Gatsby. My personal F. Scot Fitzgerald favorite. Apparently the parties of the bright young things are offensive.
- The Grapes of Wrath. A truly realistic gritty look at life in California during the Great Depression. Apparently it’s too real for some people.
- Farewell to Arms. I think this is my favorite of all of Hemingway’s books. Besides getting challenged in New York in 1980 for being a “sex novel,” it was burned in Nazi bonfires.
- Slaughterhouse Five This Vonnegut classic had too much vulgarity for most people.
What’s your favorite banned/challenged book?