Happy Banned Books Week 2018! In it’s honor, we’re so excited to share some of our favorite “controversial books” with you all!
So why are books challenged/banned? The intent is to protect others from difficult ideas and information. The material could be considered “sexually explicit,” contain “offensive language,” and be “unsuited to any age group.” As bookworms, we know how much a book can challenge and push you out of your comfort zone (frequently in the best possible way!), so it’s super important to ensure that a book is being given a fair chance to impact the world.
“The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship. “
1.) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Whether you’ve read the novel or watched the Netflix adaptation, it’s evident that this novel features so many sensitive topics. Many schools fought to ban the book on the grounds of drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, and being unsuited for the age group. Our thoughts? Yes, it does contain all of these components, but it is an amazing tool for starting a conversation that has been silenced for far too long.
2.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I was in high school the first time I read this novel and it shook my world. This was one of the earlier novels that evoked such strong feelings from me and showed me how important literature is for our future (that’s a totally cliche statement and I don’t even care, that’s how much I love this book). It’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic…and challenged and banned because of violence and use of derogatory language.
3.) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
We have continuously sung the praises for The Hate U Give, bought it for everyone that we possibly can force to read it (special shout out to my dad — loved chatting about this book with you!), and watched it win numerous awards during its debut year. Even so, it was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language. We say that this is a book every needs to read.
4.) Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Imagine your life without the magical gloriousness that is Harry Potter. To be honest, I did not read these books until I was 23 years old, and I wish that I could go back in time and remedy this situation. Even so, it was banned on the grounds of Satanism and relating to the occult. Personally, I’m thankful that this ban didn’t stick, because I know so many children (and adults…cough cough me) are still waiting for a letter from Hogwarts.
5.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury *literally* wrote the book on book censorship. Considered dystopian to some, it’s a horror movie for all bookworms (I needed a “no books were harmed in the making of this film” statement for the recent adaptation released by HBO). The tagline states that Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns. In numerous locations and time periods (ranging from 1987 to 2006), this book featured intense backlash and criticism due to “a lot of vulgarity” and the description of burning the Bible.
We’re so proud to be rebellious readers and to continue to read between the wines. Fight censorship, read banned books… or just read whatever you want to read. We don’t judge!
Snugs and kisses from us and our Shih Tzus,