I read banned books, apparently.
As you may know, next week is Banned Books Week. I want to do a post about this, so I’ve been working through the various lists of banned and/or challenged books available on the internet.
Then I made a list of all of the books that I found on those lists that I have read. I took pictures of those I could find in my room and found pictures on the internet of those that I do not own or simply could not find at the right moment. Now I have these two collages of books.
I’m posting this a week ahead of time because I would like to give you the chance to request which books next week’s banned books post should be about. Obviously I don’t believe that any books should be banned. No matter how controversial it is, you do not have the right to take away someone else’s free speech because you do not agree with them.
Regardless, which of these books would you like to see discussed in next week’s post? If no-one leaves any requests (a likely scenario), I will talk in general about books being challenged on their content.
And, in case the images are giving anyone trouble, here is the list of banned books I’ve read, in no particular order:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Harry Potter-series by J.K. Rowling
Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott
Animal Farm by George Orwell
His Dark Materials-trilogy by Philip Pullman
The Hunger Games-trilogy by Suzanne Collins
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fault In our Stars by John Green
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
I’m pretty sure these are not the only banned books I’ve read, but we’ll stick with these for now. About half of them I’ve read for school and university. It seems that the more controversial a book is, the more it is studied.
Also, if it is a banned series, I only put its first book in the pictures to save space, but I’m happy to talk about the whole series.