Tomorrow is the start of National Banned Book Week. Over the years for one reason or another various books have been banned, or at least challenged. We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of our freedom to read. For many different reasons libraries (public and school), as well as governments have either banned or challenged books over the years. I think when it comes to children their parents should have a say in if they should be allowed to read a book. If anything, put it on limited access, requiring a signed permission slip from a parent/guardian. Books should NOT be taken off the shelves because others deem it inappropriate. Just because it may be inappropriate for you and your family doesn’t mean it is for mine!

I am a book lover, and want my son to have the same love of books. For that reason I see no reason to restrict his reading. If it is something he is interested in, then by all means read it! That is how you find the books that interest you.

I will read a variety of books. Mostly YA, whether contemporary or paranormal or dystatopian, I enjoy almost all of them. Yesterday I finished Red Dirt Rocker by Judy French (you can find my review at Barefoot Dokusha). It hasn’t been on the banned list, but it is set just under 2 hours from where I live. Tonight I will start on some advanced reads that I have been sent.

Have you read any books that have been banned or challenged? With some research I have come up with a list of some of the books that I have read.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Christine by Stephen King
Cujo by Stephen King
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Shining by Stephen King
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Animal Farm by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
House of Night by PC and Kristen Cast
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Wicked: The Life and Time of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers