I Like Banned Books

image via bannedbooksweek.org


Books are wonderful, dangerous things.  Within their pages, I have been transported to faraway lands, to places right around the corner and to everywhere in between.  I’ve confronted my ignorance, challenged my prejudices, and dealt with my fears through the lives of the characters.  I’ve also been in love, cried a fountain of tears, laughed until my sides ached, and sighed with contentment in the warmth of grace.  I’ve shared my love for books and reading numerous times but a sampling can be found here and here.

Every year, the last week of September is Banned Books Week.  Books are banned for a number of reasons.  According to the Website for the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, the top 8 reasons for challenging books over the last decade are:

  • Sexually explicit
  • Offensive language
  • Unsuited to the age
  • Violence
  • Homosexuality
  • Satanic
  • Religious viewpoint
  • Anti-family

Some of my favorites off of the 100 Top Challenged/Banned Books for 2000-2009.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle


  • For more Top 100 books, click here.
  • To learn more about Banned Books Week, click here.
  • Goodreads has a page devoted to banned book lists, click here.



“Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”  John 21:25 NIV Bible

2 thoughts on “I Like Banned Books

  1. My favorite fiction book is A Time to Kill. It was a fresh, edgy, and brash look at former times in Mississippi, near up where I grew.
    Not brash in exaggeration – if anything it was still quite restrained, yet still giving just enough glimpse of a very tough time for people and assumptions about them.
    I don’t like it because I get some twisted kick from from the drama. I’m certainly not going to commit any of the crimes the book mentions.
    If anything I want to learn from it – yes you can learn from books, exactly as Mimi says. I think it a great place to role play – good, and unfortunately necessary, not so good.
    I think the book was honest, in the depth John decided to explore. He mentioned all the struggles all had, including indirectly.
    Mostly to in someway not forget, so myself as an individual can hopefully do the right things in my future.
    Those are the things I take away from that book.
    The local book store chain here, Half Price Books also celebrates by offering the used books for sale.
    I don’t understand the purpose of banning. Restraint in action. Sure. But closing the senses poses a greater threat because even the Bible states to bring the dark into the light. And it’s my belief – I don’t expect everyone to pile on, but spiritual darkness and light are very guided as much by physics and ruled, as it is in the seen world. Hiding it only encourages it. I’m for a bit of education to keep aware and learn, learn…Learn.
    I’ve probably said too much, and gone too deep Mimi. Feel free to sensor me 🙂

    • I thought Grisham did a nice job portraying the time period. The book felt authentic unlike other books set in the south. I think perhaps its because he is from MS. I agree education about the world, its culture, social and political issues and personal experiences are well expressed through literature and sometimes understood better when told in a story. Thanks Pam.

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