September 30 - October 6 is National Banned Books Week which celebrates the freedom to read.
There are some amazing books out there. There are also some really trashy books (I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the popularity of the 50 shades of series...).
It's great that we live in a country where we are free to read what we want and think what we want and say what we want.
First AmendmentI love that we can peaceably live in a country where we are free to pray the way we want to pray and where the press is free to discuss any topic whether it is in support of our own government or not.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Here are a couple of my favorite books that have been banned or challenged:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - I love the descriptive writing in this book and the commaraderie of Huck and Jim. I pictured myself riding down the Mississippi on a raft and pushing the raft along with a big long pole. My first trip to Hannibal Missouri was thrilling because it was just as I had imagined it would look.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Atticus, Boo, Jem, Scout, Dill. The list of characters was reason enough to keep me reading. Then the story drew me along. What a fantastic novel.
Where the Wild Things Are - skip the movie. Just read the book.
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