Because this is Banned Books Week I thought it would be good to focus some posts on books that have were challenged and/or banned, especially since we’re still fighting the right to read battle.
For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I decided to share 5 Challenged/Banned books I’ve read and 5 that are on my TBR.
The first 5 are books I’ve read and some I liked more than others. I do recommend you give them a go if you haven’t already.
- The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. I read this for a book club and granted it was a slog, but a worthwhile read. If you should decide to read it start with Vol. 2: Lived Experiences and then circle back to Vol. 1: Facts and Myths
Reasons challenged: Banned by the Vatican
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is not a book I enjoyed when I first read it, but now that I’m older
Reasons challenged: Suicide, Illicit sex, Detrimental to Christian values
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger was not a favorite of mine but has been a favorite target among censors since it’s publication in 1951.
Reasons challenged: Anti-white, Vulgar language, Sexual content, etc.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is one of the most banned/challenged books and one I absolutely loved.
Reasons challenged: masturbation, Vulgarity, Racism, Anti-Christian content, Promotes Pornography
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. And despite the haters the movie comes out on Oct. 5th.
Reasons challenged: Promotes distrust of police, drug use, profanity
Banned/Challenged books on my TBR
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murkami
Reasons challenged: Drug use and Sex
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons challenged: Sexually explicit content and Offensive language
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Reasons challenged: Gangs and gang violence, Underage smoking and drinking, Vulgar language
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Reasons challenged: Graphic descriptions of rape, prostitution, violence, death
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
Reasons challenged: Sexually explicit