Banned Books Week 2012

It’s Banned Books Week once again!

From September 30 to October 6, readers and bibliophiles all over the world will observe Banned Books Week.  It is “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.” [Source]  This annual event was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 [Source].

Many book blogs are hosting BBW bloghops and giveaways for the duration of the event.  I would participate in these small online events as much as I could.  At the moment, I identified five books in my TBR pile, the ones “easily pulled out” from my mountain of unstable book stacks, to read for BBW.  They are:

  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  3. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  4. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  5. Sophie’s Choice – William Styron

I do not know if I will be able to finish all of them in 7 days but I am going to definitely try.  If I finish three books, I’d be a happy reader.  I am happy that I have many titles in my collection and I have read many of them through the years.  I’m one proud reader of banned books!

I encourage you to grab a banned book or two and challenge yourself by reading them!  For a list of frequently challenged/banned books, please see this ALA list: [1990-1999]  [2000-2009].  It is not as exhaustive, I’m sure there are plenty that didn’t make the list, but are challenged nonetheless.  At any rate, no one should stop anyone from reading the kind!

Let’s celebrate our freedom to read at all times.

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