Time for the next category in the  RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #18: A book that has been banned

Let’s celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept 24-30)! This year, the event focuses on the importance of the First Amendment and our right to free speech (and right to read).

The organization provides a list of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016 if you need some ideas. Another great list of Banned Books That Shaped America is also available. And the ALA (American Library Association) has lists compiled by year. I’m always fascinated by how many of these titles are YA novels. Oh, pious parents, your naïveté is the worst kind of privilege.

A few I’ve read from the lists above:

  • Looking for Alaska (John Green)
  • Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
  • Fun Home (Alison Bechdel)
  • The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  • Scary Stories (series by Alvin Schwartz)

And there are a lot I haven’t read (some are on my TBR, some don’t interest me):

  • The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
  • Harry Potter (JK Rowling)
  • Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Any of the books on these lists surprise you?

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.