When I read there was a Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Soon Remembered Tales specifically dealing with Banned Books Week (which clearly has been on my mind), I just had to join.
Blogging Question: Banned Books Week ends on the 6th. How do you feel about books being challenged to be banned from libraries or schools? Have you read any banned books?
If you've read my posts this week, you already know I don't think that banning books is a good thing. We are becoming a society so infatuated with sheltering our children that we aren't letting them make mistakes and choices for themselves. College students complain to their parents when they get bad grades so that the parents call and yell at the professors. Young professionals go on interviews and bring their parents with them. And of course, they don't leave home until they're in their mid-30s. I'll chalk the living at home thing up the economy, but either way, children are being coddled, and it starts with censoring their books. I think children should be encouraged to develop their imagination and learn about all aspects of life, even the ones that aren't very pretty.
The banned books I've read on my own:
Brave New World
The Hunger Games trilogy
The Harry Potter series
The Handmaid's Tale
The Kite Runner
A Light In The Attic
The House Of The Spirits
The Dead Zone
Pillars of the Earth
The Lovely Bones
Go Ask Alice* - just got from the library last night
Banned books I was assigned to read in high school:
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Catcher in the Rye
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Of Mice And Men
Flowers for Algernon
Lord Of The Flies
The Great Gatsby