After a weekend of no Internet access, I am back to my old self. And just in time for Banned Books Week! According to the American Library Association, and anyone who isn’t a fascist, people should have the freedom to write and read what they want. Who knew?! Here is a list of the Top 10 most frequently banned books from last year, which you’ll notice is mostly YA literature, because children are precious, I guess.
On that list is one of my favorite books of all time, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which I read as a young adult, then again as a slightly older young adult, then a few more times as a regular adult. It’s still powerful and amazing and I think I turned out just fine. Which reminds me – Stephen Chbosky, if you’re out there: WHERE ARE YOU? Please write another novel!!!!
So, read a banned book this week! Or read one to your kids! Whether it’s newly forbidden, such as His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, or whether it’s been plaguing our society with evil for over sixty years like 1984 by George Orwell, please read something a little bit scandalous, a lot bit thought-provoking, and, let’s face it, 100 times better written than what you’re reading now (you’re reading the new Dan Brown, right?).