This week is banned books week and I would be remiss if I did not do a post about it. Books have the ability to change the world, so of course that comes with controversy.
There is only one book that I have DNF'ed due to inappropriate constant rather than bad writing. It is Clockwork Orange. I know all the bad stuff was the point, but I felt horrible reading the novel, and there is a scene where he was with two little girls that made me want to vomit. I put the book down and refuse to pick it up again. If my children were assigned to read it in school then I would advocate for them to have another book assigned.
As a parent I have that right. However, I do not get to tell my children to not read that book when they are adults. I do not get to tell other people that they cannot read that book, or that other students do not get to read that book. Many people have read Clockwork Orange knowing the point of the book is about all the horrible stuff that I could not stomach.
Books open up new worlds. They start new conversations and add to ongoing conversations. Everyone who writes a book has something to say - that is kind of the point. I find the irony of the banned books list that I have found - they lack diversity. It is like books that are in English about other cultures are not even on the radar of people who are banning books. Which I think says something very important.
Here are ten banned books that I have read - and why I guess people wanted to ban them.
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