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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
- Religious viewpoint
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