Courtesy of American Library Association
This kind of thing makes me spitting mad because this is not right. Who is to say what we can and cannot read? When it comes to stuff like this the rebel in me comes out and I want to do something about this, if nothing else for spite because right now I guess there is nothing else we can do except corrupt our minds and read a banned book.
This year this event is from Sept 30 – Oct 6. This whole mess started back in 1982 when some naysayer thought that they would protect us from ourselves and ban certain types of literature lest it corrupt our thinking. It is still okay to read what we want and to be ourselves. So far reading, thinking, speaking and expressing ourselves is still all right in America.
This is what the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Says:
The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” It goes on to say we may petition the government for grievances.
Here are just a few books on the list:
The Hunger Games
Farewell to Arms
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord of the Flies
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Great Gatsby
Green Eggs and Ham
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Grapes of Wrath
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Scarlet Letter
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Of Mice and Men
Brave New World
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
So go ahead, let’s be naughty, and exercise our rights by reading something off this list this week. There are many classics here.
Here is a link to read more about banned books week.