I Read Banned Books! (Thanks, Mom)

It’s difficult to believe books are still being banned in many libraries across the country.

In honor of Banned Books Week, I’m placing the logo on my blog and adding this link for you to check out how you can participate.

I glanced through the list of the 100 Most Frequently Banned Books of 1990-2000. Here is a partial list of banned books I’ve read from that list:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (one of my all-time favorite books)
Forever by Judy Blume (I was probably too young when I read this book for the first time. I left it in my school locker so my parents wouldn’t know I was reading a book about first love and having sex)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (It’s definitely NOT a religious book! LOL)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

When I was growing up, my mom was the high school librarian. I would sometimes go with her to the library during the last two weeks after school ended and the first two weeks before school started. She wanted to re-shelve and put all the books back in proper order according to the Dewey system. Inevitably, I’d end up sitting on the floor reading a book instead of putting the books back in order.

Thanks, Mom, for teaching me about books. I love to read today because of your guidance.

Put aside your business books for this week. Pick a banned book and celebrate with me. I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series before reading the final one.

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