Hi everyone! =) I’m Lydia and I blog at For My Own Satisfaction. When Cait asked me to do a guest-post in celebration of Banned Book Week, I warned her that I am not an expert on banned books. I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd, so I’ve certainly heard about banned books. But I wouldn’t consider myself a reader of banned books. That is . . . I didn’t consider myself a reader of banned books until I started looking at lists of books that have been challenged and/or banned. Turns out, I’ve read quite a few of them.
Some of them weren’t my favorites . . . for instance, I wouldn’t personally recommend Brave New World, and I found Heart of Darkness excessively boring. But an impressive majority of them are books that I love, and they’re by authors that I greatly admire. To Kill a Mockingbird , The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Little House on the Prairie, The Witch of Blackbird Pond . . . these are books that shape my thoughts and my imagination. These are books that make me who I am!
So in celebration of Banned Book Week and my newly-discovered identity as a banned book reader, I’ve compiled a list of banned books that I have read (and in some cases, re-read.) Take a look, and see if any of your favorites are on the list . . .
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Quite the list, isn’t it? I never realized I was so rebellious! 😉 Seriously though. I know that there are certain banned books that are genuinely offensive, hateful, explicit or inappropriate. But do you see where banning books takes us? Do you see that it quickly spins out of control?
Here’s how I would suggest celebrating Banned Book Week. Ask yourself a few questions. Why are these books banned? Should they be banned? Should any books be banned? Should books that you are personally offended by be banned? What happens when we ban books? What happens we ban ideas? And while you’re pondering banned books, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear which of your favorites have made the banned book list! When you’re done thinking deep thoughts, go curl up with a piece of chocolate and your favorite banned book. Happy Banned Book Week, everyone!
(Thanks to Cait and Mime for allowing me to post! They’re my most favorite Australians in the universe.)