Friday, September 30, 2011
Friday Fives with Paper Hangover: Banned Books
A fantastic topic, and if you've read the ALA's list of frequently challenged books, it's hard to not find a book you love.
How are we still challenging books like Brave New World, Huck Finn, and Of Mice and Men? It blows my mind. I thought we were waaaay past that as a society.
It also makes me realize that people can't be reading some of these books, because if they actually read them from cover to cover, they would understand the topic in context, and context is simply everything.
What are my top five?
1. Go Ask Alice An exceptional cautionary tale. (Though I was sad to learn it was fiction, not a diary as originally purported.)
2. Brave New World I haven't read this book since my junior year of high school (1991, people) and I still think about it pretty often.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird. Breaks my heart, and the film is just as good as the book.
4. A Prayer for Owen Meany One of my favorites of all time.
5. There are not enough numbers on my list, because I'm having trouble picking from The Outsiders, What My Mother Doesn't Know, Speak, Crank, and The Handmaid's Tale, but it's going to the ultimate classic Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
And if you haven't seen it, check out this article on teenage brains from National Geographic. Very interesting!