My Favorite Books Are Banned Books

Last week, my post was titled, My Favorite Books Are Audiobooks”. As a follow up, this week’s post will be titled, “My Favorite Books Are Banned Books”. The reason for this being that today, is the last day of Banned Books Week!

What is Banned Books Week? It is a week where we celebrate THE RIGHT TO READ WHATEVER WE WANT AND NOT BE CENSORED. It’s a pretty important week to anyone who loves books and the right to choose. To learn more you can click HERE.

Additionally, click HERE to see Vroman’s Kid’s Dept.’s awesome display!

Above are some of my favorite Banned Books. Below you will be able to purchase them and see why they were/are “banned”.

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, banned for “pornography and glorification of drinking, cursing & premarital sex”. Why I love it? Because it is an important book that encourages those who have been raped to speak up and not stay silent.

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry, banned for “anti-family values and occult themes”. Why I love it? Because it shows a child who experiences, pain, joy and love for the first time in an extremely controlled society. Seeing those feelings/emotions on the page=magic.

3. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, banned for “occult themes, witchcraft and wizardry”. This one I can’t really fight, but COME ON. If you don’t want to read it, don’t. But don’t ban it from children who can enter the wonderful world that is HARRY POTTER. Why I love it? IT IS HARRY POTTER. My Dad read the 1st book to me as a little seven year old, and I was instantly captivated by Harry and his friends. Who isn’t?

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, banned for “profanity & sexuality”. Why I love it? It is diverse, it is sweet, it is about first love and it is REAL. 

5. Paper Towns by John Green, banned for “language & sexual references”. Why I love it? It is full of adventure, discovery, and has that kick ass road trip with your friends that you have always wanted to do.


Read Banned Books. Celebrate the freedom to read what you want, when you want. -Jen