I find history to be fascinating. It was my favorite subject in school and it’s one of my favorite channels on TV (minus all the “reality” and alien shows they play). History is both enlightening and damning, oppressive and liberating. I feel like history goes hand-in-hand with books and banned books week. In honor of September 25th kicking off Banned Books Week, I wanted to share my favorite banned, challenged, controversial, or censored books. These books have raised eyebrows both within our borders and abroad.
My Favorite Banned Books
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This isn’t just my favorite banned book- it’s my favorite book ever. If you haven’t read AiW then you need to block off 3 hours this weekend and tackle it. I don’t know- it might take you less than three hours! It’s zany and odd and insightful and kooky and fun. I love it so much!
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think I need to say much here. Banned for it’s witchcraft and devilry, loved for it’s magic and morality.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To be totally honest, I don’t actually like this book. I hate almost all the characters and the plot twists my stomach. But that’s what makes it so good- humans are flawed and lessons are learned (by the reader… the characters, not so much).
James & The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
I haven’t read this book, but I’ve seen the movie (-gasp-). I want to read the book, though!
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I haven’t read this book in +10 years, but I remember liking it. And feeling sad.
*Another short one if you’re looking for a banned book to read next week!
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I love this book. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love this book… (I haven’t read the se/pre/quel and I don’t want to.)
Forever by Judy Blume
I don’t know how this book came into my possession, but after I read it I hide it behind all the other books on my bedroom bookshelf because my mom used to read my books and I was so embarrassed that she might find it. I mean, it talks about *sex*, you guys!
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The most badass thing about this book is the author 😉
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (short story)
I read this in high school or college and remember loving it. It’s so…. twisted. This one takes 20 minutes to read- check it out this week!
I wanted to have a solid 10, but I won’t lie and pretend like I enjoyed The Giver, Of Mice and Men, or The Grapes of Wrath. I hated those books- glad I read them, but I hated them.
Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite banned books?
*I am impressed by my use of the word “devilry.” I need to work that into my daily vocabulary.