Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week is, Unfortunately, Here

Unfortunately, it's that time of year when the ALA let people know that they are those amongst us that try to BAN a book(s).  Sad, but true.  What I wish these folks would do is very simple:  If a book does not appeal to you, close the cover and pick up another.

We aren't all the same and many of us like to think for ourselves, so, with that in mind, here's the list of the Top 10 Challenged* Books for 2010.

1.   And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson [print]
2.   The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie [print]
3.   Brave New World by Aldous Huxley [ebook and print]

4.   Crank by Ellen Hopkins [ebook and print]

5.   The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [ebook and print]

6.   Lush by Natasha Friend [ebook and print]

7.   What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones [ebook and print]

8.   Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich [ebook and print]

9.   Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer [ebook and print]

My suggestion is to pick one of these books or another from the list - so easy now that most are available in an ebook format - and read it with the pleasure of knowing you can choose to read any book you want to read, not only what someone else think you should read.

*=Challenged does not always lead to a book being banned, but it is still of great concern.  Each challenge of a book is one made against our personal freedoms.

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