Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Happy Banned Book Week!

Banned Books Lion

Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  I grew up in a book friendly household.  My mom used to be a teacher before she stayed at home & taught us.  We went to the library all the time.  I loved it.  I knew every nook & cranny, where all my favorite authors were, & when my favorite librarian was on duty.

The concept of banning books seemed absurd to me from the beginning.  How could someone dictate what someone could or could not read?  Think of all the ideas that wouldn’t be challenged…all the new adventures that would be missed out upon…

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
–Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)

Have any of your favorite books been banned? Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger & Animal Farm by George Orwell are two that I wouldn’t want to part with.

One thought on “Celebrate the Freedom to Read

  1. 1984, Lord of the Rings; I would miss these and others. This list of banned and challenged books actually makes for a great what-to-read list. So many on there that remind me of how many good books I have to look forward to that I haven’t read yet; thank you for sharing it, fellow bookophile…

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