Happy Banned Books Week! I wanted to take a moment to remember and honor some of the books that have influenced me. Someone, once upon a time, didn’t want me to read these books, but I am so thankful that I have the freedom today to read whatever I want. Can you imagine the world without some of these brave books?
1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
GWTW is one of the most realistic depictions we have of life in the South during and after the Civil War. The book was banned because of Scarlett’s lewd behavior and the use of some choice racial epithets.
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
South Africa banned this classic in 1955 for being “indecent, objectionable, or obscene.” I admit that the scene in which Dr. Frankenstein cuts up the female monster he was creating is pretty gruesome, but talk about making an impact on readers!
3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This little book is one of my all-time favorites. Once I read it three times in one week. It’s been banned many times in the US and Canada for violence, racist and sexist language, and its “demoralizing” message.
4. The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkein
Ironically, this series full of Christ-centered imagery and allegory was reported as being satanic.
5. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
This book was one of the highlights of my high school required reading list. It’s been banned multiple times for graphic language.
Take a look at the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged classics. What are your favorites?