Hello, readers! This week is Banned Books Week, in which the literary world celebrates the books most commonly banned from school and public libraries and/or otherwise protested by parents and related adultlike people.
This subject is a bit of a sensitive one, because I do believe that people should be careful what they read, particularly in terms of sexual content, and focus on positive and moral edification in their reading. However, I also believe that children should be given the chance to exercise their free will, because that's important for life. How else are they going to know how to do it? Not to mention, if you ban a specific book, the kid is gonna want to read it more than ever.
I once did that, when my mom told me I couldn't read this novel about anorexia. She was concerned about my mild obsession with the topic, which had a lot more to do with my psychology nerdness than wanting to be anorexic. I snuck it into the house and read it anyway, and it wasn't even that good either. (My interest in psychology was the only thing that ever got me in trouble when it came to reading as a kid; besides that book, my mom was upset to find that I was reading her parenting books because she thought I was trying to "discover her secrets" so that I could "act out against her." I just thought the stuff in the books was cool, LOL.)
Ultimately, many of the books that are commonly banned I think are okay, if not outright brilliant. So today, I'm going to put up a gallery of some of my favorite banned books. There are, of course, many more out there.
Thanks for reading, everyone, and please come back next time for a post on how very old I am. If you want to learn more about Banned Books Week, check out the official website . There's also a fun quiz via Buzzfeed: I've read 43 out of their 93 banned books. What's your score?
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