[Event] Banned Books Week 2013

I’m actually a little confused with the dates. ALA says it’s Sep 22-28, but a website by Random House that encourages readers to Support Banned Books Week lists the dates as Sep 29-Oct 6… Anyway, it’s the act of reading that counts, no?

According to the American Library Association (ALA):

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 

For your information:

According to the ALA, this is the List of 100 most frequently challenged books from 2000-2009

And then here’s the ALA List of Banned and Challenged Classics and Random House’s Banned Book List

— After going through those three lists, it turns out I’ve only read a few:

  1. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (Classics)
  2. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Classics)
  3. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
  4. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
  5. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky — I just recently read this, so I guess by chance, I supported the Banned Books Week this year by reading it! 😆 — Read my review.

I’ve read the abridged version of Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when I was younger and I saw the movie of The Indian in the Cupboard and Bridge to Terabithia... Do those count?

I should probably read the proper version of Huckleberry Finn and the Terabithia book sometime soon. I also have a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird on my shelf that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Maybe I’ll read them for next year’s Banned Books Week!

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