It's that time of year again - Banned Books week.
And as always I'm kind of left wishing that I'd read more of the books that are or have been banned.
The 2009 top ten list of frequently challenged books on the ALA website can be found here.
And the top 100 most frequently challenged books from 2000 - 2009 can be found on the ALA website here.
I have only read a few of the books on these lists, to give me a wider range of banned books that I've read I have to look back to the top 100 of 1990 - 1999, and to the banned and challenged classics list .
Ironically when I read these lists most of the banned books I've read, I read whilst I was at school as part of my English lessons - 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm, The Pigman. And more recently as part of my English Lit. course - The Color Purple.
Others are books that I just loved from my childhood - Charlotte's Web, The Wind in the Willows, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings, Winnie the Pooh.
And from my teen years when I was a bit of a Stephen King fan - Cujo, The Dead Zone, Christine. I find it almost amusing in a way that the list has changed over the past two decades from challenging Stephen King to challengine Stephenie Meyer. It's also interesting when you look at the most frequently challenged authors lists by year to see both P.C.Cast and Richelle Mead there for 2009. Presumably both for their young adult urban fantasy series.
To try and rectify what I feel is a lack in my reading repertoire next year one of my challenges is going to be to read 12 banned books. I think I should be able to manage at least one a month.
So have you read any banned books this year? Or do you have a favourite book that is on a banned books list? I have a copy of the Anthology Love at First Bite to give away to one poster to this thread. Not a banned book but I'm afraid I don't have any banned books to give away. Winner to be picked by random number at random.org next Saturday.