Banned Books

Banned Books Week is only once a year but that doesn't mean you don't have to continue educating yourself on the censorship issues of books in America! I stand by my belief that we should all have the freedom to make a decision of what to read and what not to read for ourselves. My decision of what I want to read should be left up to me and not someone else due to their shortsighted, worried, racist or offended opinion. Just the same as I should not be able to force them to read something they do not want to- they should not try and control what books I place in my hands and suck into my mind. This is an argument that we should have the freedom to choose what we read and to have it not be controlled by others.

And yet, it persists. Unfortunately, I don't think the challenge of books being removed from schools or libraries will end any time soon. Just check out the google map of challenged books across the United States. Is your state listed? Is your town?

Just in case you missed previous Banned Book Week posts, please check out the books I have discussed and the reasons the books have been challenged or banned:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Witches by Roald Dahl
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Forever... by Judy Blume
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

This Year's Books I'll Be Writing About:
Stay tuned to find out what I'll be writing about for the 2013 Banned Books Week!

Now hop to it and read these books for yourself. Don't you want to see what all of the fuss is about? And take a stand against censorship.
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