This week is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week unites the entire book community - from readers to librarians, booksellers to teachers - in shared support of the freedom to read books of all types.
In high school, I wore a denim jacket with multiple buttons on the collar and front pockets. One of my favorites was a pin that said, "I read banned books." It was my way of quietly rebelling. (I was a pretty good kid.)
Then and now, I read banned books, and I believe it made me a better person. Sure, I encountered uncomfortable subject matter, curse words, derogatory terms. But I understood enough to know that there was more to take away from books like To Kill a Mockingbird and 1984 than what landed them on the banned books list.
Celebrate this week with your favorite banned book.
~Kathleen, LitNuts Cofounder
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~Haruki Murikami
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