In case you hadn’t heard, this past week was Banned Books Week. This is an annual event, typically held the last week of September, that celebrates the freedom to read. This was actually the event’s 30th anniversary.
While numerous books have been (and continue to be) banned, challenged books actually remain available in the majority of cases thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, and others who stand up for the freedom to read.
Over the past year, the ten most frequently challenged titles were:
- ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
- The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa
- The Hunger Games (trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
- My Mom’s Having a Baby! by Dori Hillestad Butler
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
- Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
And with that, here are some (non-banned) articles for your reading pleasure:
- Socially Responsible Investing: Expect Lower Returns – A rather interesting take on “socially responsible” investing. Are these stocks prone to underperformance due to investor behavior?
- Giving to Charity: Time vs. Money – Do you prefer to give time or money to you favorite causes? With four kids, a full-time job, and side endeavors such as this site, we’re squarely in the money camp.
- For Financial Freedom: Reduce Expenses or Grow Income? – This is a great topic. My view: both have a place. But keep in mind that you can only cut spending so far, so don’t forget to work on increasing your earning potential.
- Does the DALBAR Study Grossly Overstate the Behavior Gap? – This article argues that retail investors don’t do as poorly as the data might otherwise suggest. Does this make me want to become a trader? No, but it’s interesting.
- The Phantom Tax Rate Zone – Yikes! This article highlights a (very!) negative interaction between IRA withdrawals and the taxes on your Social Security earnings. Investor beware.
Have a great weekend!