Connect 5 Friday – Banned Books

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It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

This is Banned Book Week and we are all encouraged to read and support books that are banned. Why can’t we just let people read what they want, when they want?

I can remember when I was 13 or 14, reading a risqué book that my mother was ready to take from me, when my father stopped her. He felt I had to learn to discriminate, to be able to choose what was worth reading and was really was poor writing. I finished the book but I knew it was not well written.

Here are 5 of my favourite banned books that I’ve read and loved:

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Banned for offensive language, depiction of violence, racism

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Banned for its religious viewpoint, anti=family. Unsuited for age group.

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Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Banned for witchcraft, sorcery, occult, satanism

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Banned for offensive language, violence, sexuality.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green. Banned for offensive language, sexual content, unsuited for age group.

5 Banned Books I plan to (need to) read:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Forever by Judy Blume

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Here are 5 articles about banned books to provide more information

  1. Why We Should Be Reading Banned Books at Keeping Up With The Penguins

5 Reasons Books are Banned at Powells’ Books

3.Banned Books Week. Org

4. Frequently Challenged Books at ALA. org

5. Banned Book Week from CNN