Money Roundup: Banned Books Edition

by Michael on Oct 6, 2012

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:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
  2. The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa
  3. The Hunger Games (trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
  4. My Mom’s Having a Baby! by Dori Hillestad Butler
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  6. Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
  9. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It’s also worth noting that 46 of the top 100 novels of all time have been challenged and, in some cases, banned from libraries and/or classrooms.

And with that, here are some (non-banned) articles for your reading pleasure:

Have a great weekend!


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