Do YOU Read Banned Books?!


…After all, it is Banned Books Week!


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Bits and Bramblers…I love banned books. I just don’t understand book banning. See…in my opinion, one of the best parts of the library is the fact that we have books, movies, and music about everything for everyone. Which doesn’t mean that I like everything we have in the library. Actually, I think a lot of it is crap. But just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t like it. And if you like it, who I am to say you can’t read it?


And to be honest with you, Bits and Bramblers, the fact that some people consider them so damaging and terrible that they shouldn’t be available to the public makes me want work hard to protect even them more, you know? Okay, okay…I’m officially stepping off my soapbox now, but I’m still encouraging you to READ A BANNED BOOK!


The thing of it is, they’re tricky to spot. They don’t have big red X’s on the spines, and the first page doesn’t say “YOU ARE HOLDING A BANNED BOOK!” In fact, some books that were challenged or banned might surprise you. They might even be books you know and love. So…why don’t we have a BANNED BOOK QUIZ?!? I’ll describe a little about the book—and why it was challenged—and you try to guess the title and the author!


  • This book series—which is also a popular TV show (XOXO)—was challenged for “offensive language, sexually explicit,” descriptions, and being “unsuited to age group.”
  • You can find this book (which is one of my favorite books in the history of all books ever,) in the Classics section. It’s takes place in the Hamptons in the 1920’s, and it was challenged because of “language and sexual references in the book.” (Ha! And you thought classics were boring!)
  • This teen book series about three friends who like to IM was was challenged for—wait for it—”offensive language, sexually explicit,” descriptions, and being “unsuited to age group.”
  • And last but not least, another classic (that also happens to be one of all-time favorites. Didn’t I tell you I loved banned books?!?!) This one is about a teen who just got kicked out of boarding school, and heads to New York City. It’s been challenged for…everything, from “excess vulgar language, sexual scenes,” and “things concerning moral issues,” to several complaints that is was just plain “obscene.”


So…do you read banned books too, Bits and Bramblers? Think you know the answers? Post your best guesses in the comments…and we’ll let you know the correct answers tomorrow! I’ll even leave you with a cheesy 80’s version of another classic to help you think…


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