The American Libraries are celebrating the freedom to read by having Banned Books Week and I thought I would like to contribute. Some of the books that have been banned or challenged are surprising and A Readers Respite has been featuring some of those books with explainations as to why they were found to be controversial. There is a list of banned books here so you can see which ones you have read or want to read. There is also a Top 100 Banned/Challenged books in 2000-2007 list.
There are quite a few books on the list that I have read and enjoyed, important works that have influenced, inspired and entertained us and many more that I would like to read. So go on, read a banned book today...
Banned books I have read:-
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Awakening by Kate Chopin
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
and of course by Shakespeare...Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night.
Which ones have you read?
The Guardian Newspaper has a Banned Books Quiz. Click here to have a go!