We Read Banned Books


Happy Sunday, everyone! I am here to announce the arrival of Banned Books Week, a marvelous time of year when we revel in our freedom to read.

It may surprise you to learn how many banned or challenged books you’ve already read. Take the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, The Kite RunnerFifty Shades of Grey, and John Green’s Looking for Alaska, for starters. Not to mention classics such as The Great GatsbyTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath, and virtually anything by Vonnegut. One of my favorite authors, Sherman Alexie, holds a permanent place on the ALA’s list of Frequently Challenged Books with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Particularly with young adult literature, it’s difficult to find a title that someone has not found fault with at one time or another.

In honor of this momentous occasion, here are some of the silliest reasons for book banning I discovered whilst preparing for the week:

In closing, we encourage you to celebrate your First Amendment rights by checking out a banned or challenged book. If you need suggestions, be sure to ask a staff member or check out our Banned Book displays. I’ll be reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; how about you?


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