The last week of September is Banned Books Week and the good folks at the American Library Association bring attention to banned and challenged books! It’s a great cause and one that deserves to be taken seriously.
Of course, like all serious things, it deserves to be poked at a bit as well. After all, the power of books means that they can be used for good and for bad purposes and like the atomic bomb or tinned meats. Some books are just too dangerous to be read widely or circulate freely. Some books are just so terrible that they actually suck the good out of other things you’ve read. In other cases, having too many choices decreases the odd of a good choice. While banning books may never be the right thing to do, sometimes it’s the smart thing to do.
So with this slightly less than serious introduction, what books would you ban or challenge during this week long celebration of banned books? Let us know in the comments!