Banned Books Week

Are you ready for Banned Books Week? It begins tomorrow.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

I was surprised to find, among the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2009, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, and The Color Purple are still making the list.

The American Library Association also maintains a list of banned or challenged classics, which is interesting, because the association hasn't been able to find evidence of challenges or bannings for 54 of the 100 books on the list.

I'm a might bit embarrassed to say that I've only read 31 of the classics on the list, although some of them are my favorites (I'm kind of a glutton for dystopia). I may not read anything new to me on the list this week, though I may re-read something, just for ha-has.

What are you reading?