Banned Books Week 2022.

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Apparently today is the beginning of banned books week. I always wanted to start a banned book the week of, but I always forget or I never remember when it starts and by the time it gets here, I’ve done nothing for it at all. I especially forgot this year because we had my husband’s birthday bonfire party last night and I was busy getting the house and yard ready. Who knew that a little party would be so tiring? It was fun, but it was a lot of work to get ready.

So, instead of telling you which book I’m planning to read from the banned books list, I’m going to list books that I’ve already read that have been frequently challenged or banned from certain places. For reference, I’m looking at the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books 2010-2019 from the American Library Association found here.
  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  4. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni
  6. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  10. Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
  11. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  12. The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien
  13. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
  14. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  16. The Bible (at least, I’ve read parts of it)
  17. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  18. The Giver by Lois Lowery
  19. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  20. Go the F– to Sleep by Adam Mansbach (at least, I feel like I’ve at least looked at it when I was at my old job…this was super popular with adults back in the day.)
  21. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  22. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (according to my Goodreads, I’ve read this, but I don’t remember a lot of it–just that the ending was weird.)
I’m sure the list is ever growing, even nearly four years later after this list was completed. I haven’t read the whole 100 from 2010 and I’m sure there’s more that I haven’t read yet. There’s nothing good out of banning books–you only make people go out and buy them from the bookstore or go to the public library. If there’s topics you’re concerned about, why not read it and then discuss it with your children about your concerns and theirs and help them understand why you feel the way you do. Children are especially receptive.

What banned/challenged books have you read?


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