This week (September 30 to October 6, 2012) is the 30th annual Banned Books Week, an event that celebrates the freedom to read, as well as aiming to raise awareness of how many books are challenged or banned outright every year.
According to the Banned Books Week website, over 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, in libraries, schools, and bookstores all around the U.S. In 2011 alone, there were 326 challenges officially reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom, in addition to the challenges and complaints that go unreported every year.
Here are the 10 most challenged book titles of 2011. It’s especially interesting that, while some of them were written in the last several years, a few of them are classic novels written decades ago, which still manage to stir up controversy.
Check out this list (from the American Library Association), and then tell us in the comments: what are your favorite banned books?
1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
The first book in the series, ttyl, was the first novel ever written in the style of an instant messaging conversation. The books deal with three high-school-aged girls who talk to each other about their challenges and decisions, including issues like drinking alcohol and whether to have sex.
Reasons given for the challenges: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
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