So you have probably heard of it from the bookish community, this week was banned books week. I was a lot busy and didn’t quite get what it was about, but I finally checked it out and discovered I owned and have read a lot of banned books. I never thought there could be so many banned books. I know it includes books that were banned ONCE and IN A CERTAIN PLACE but still. Sometimes the reason just doesn’t make sense… But that was definitely interesting!
I based myself on this list:
(The list is not exhaustive but nevertheless quite big and full of surprises!)
Pictured are the banned books I both read and own.
- Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol
- The Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbovsky (honsetly why, this book is so important!)
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, which is one of my absolute favourite books ♥
- Candide, by Voltaire (read for school)
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
- Méditations Métaphysiques, by René Descartes (read for school, one of the only philosophical book I ever understood… I had no idea it had ever been banned)
- Confessions, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (another one I read for school)
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell (it was forbidden in some African country because it had the word BLACK in it)
- Anne Frank’s Diary of a young girl (how dare anyone make this a banned book?)
- Madame Bovary, by Flaubert (haven’t finished this one yet)
- The Arabian Nights (I haven’t finished this one either but I love it so much)
I’m not saying I thoroughly enjoyed all these books, but somehow almost all of them had an impact on me when I read them. Some definitely have a philosophical or sociological or anything of the sort meaning and that’s why they are important. We need to live in a world where books are not banned! Books are important!
From my never ending TBR pile, I also noticed that this list contained both Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell (which is not exactly surprising), Fahrenight 451 by Ray Bradbury, I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou and lots of others… I also noticed that a lot of Shakespeare’s books had been banned at some point, which I didn’t expect.
From the books I read I was also schocked to see Flowers for Algernon, because this book is so important in my opinion…
Anyway, this was a very interesting and fun research! Have you read banned books? I’d love to see your opinion and share recommendations! You should definitely check the post I linked above if you haven’t yet, you might be surprised!