As I mentioned earlier, there will be two weeks this year that are set aside to highlight the issue of banned and challenged books.
The first is being hosted by the Pelham Public Library, Fonthill, Ontario. To learn more about the challenge, please visit their blog: Fahrenheit 451: Freedom to Read.
The second will be held the last week in September by the ALA.
As I already have so much on my plate, I’m only committing to reading three banned/challenged books between Feb. 22 and Jun. 30. They are:
The House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende Like Water for Chocolateby Laura Esquivel
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Seeing as this is a challenge I try to do every year, I have decided to make this a perpetual personal challenge. I plan to keep an updated list at all times of banned/challenged books. The project will always be listed on my sidebar for future reference. Please feel free to bookmark it if you find it useful.
As a side note, here is a list of banned books I have already read throughout my life. I know it’s long, but if you read through it, you will see why I’ve made it. Who would’ve thought? (Books I’ve reviewed on this blog are linked).
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- A Light In the Attic by Shel Silverstein
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (currently reading)
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green
- A Time To Kill by John Grisham
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
- Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Be aware that the lists I use are for books challenged world wide, not simply in my home country, although the lists I refer to first are made up by Canadian and American libraries.
If you’d like to see why some of the above have been banned or challenged, please see this list compiled by the University of California, San Diego.