My Top Five
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
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!