In honor of Banned Book Week, I finally decided to post! What exactly is Banned Book Week? It's a time designated to recognize the freedom of reading and to call attention to books that have been challenged at some point following publication. It usually occurs during the final week of September. Here are my five favorite "banned books" (in no particular order) and five I want to read.
My Top Five
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: I list this book first because I've read it the most recent. This book is so vivid and pertinent; at times, it frightened me so much with its relevancy that gooseflesh covered my arms! However, had I been reading an actual book instead of my Kindle, I would have thrown it against the wall when I reached the end. It so needs a sequel!
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: I'm glad Anne Frank decided to put her thoughts and experiences on paper, and I'm especially grateful her father allowed its publication. Everyone should read this book!
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: This is a book my mother loves, and she inspired me to read it. While it doesn't quite rank with Jane Eyre, it is certainly one of my favorites. I look forward to discussing it with my junior students this year.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Thanks to this book, I have never looked at roaches the same (I know it's not about a roach)! I read this as a teenager (a LONG time ago), and it definitely left an impression. I really need to read it again.
The Giver by Lois Lowry: Of all the YA books I've read, this one is might possibly be the most amazing. It's about a dystopian society where teens are placed in positions based on their aptitude, and everyone takes a daily pill to dull the senses and get rid of feelings of any sort. Everything changes when Jonas rebels.
Five I Want to Read
The following "banned" books are on my TBR list:
Maybe I'll get to them this year!
What banned books have you read? What books would you suggest? Let me know in the comments, and enjoy this video about the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016!
Until the next post . . . keep smiling!