Banned Books Week

The precursor to Banned eBook Device Week?

Banned Books

This week marks the thirtieth anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual remembrance of attempts to censor published books, both great and not so great. For those Americans who still read books, it’s a time to dust off those old copies of The Great Gatsby and Harry Potter and give them the once-over once again.

I found a list of the most commonly banned books on Wikipedia. Three of the books in The Well-Read Man Project are identified as targets of frequent censorship. I thought that many more of my selections would make the bonfire pile, but it turns out that many banned books aren’t great, so they never found a place on my list of reading options. Being offensive doesn’t always equate to being great literature.

Here are the three books from the project that I will read with one eye looking out for rabid mobs.

To find out more about Banned Books Week, visit the American Library Association’s information page.


  1. It’s not enough to just care about books having been banned. This is the digital age and books are going electronic as we speak.

    The first big attack against a young adult e-book is on ______________ By __________ Out in October (not even out yet! Leaked on line only!)from ____________ Publishing

    This isn’t just a “there keeping it from kids at one school in Texas” thing. A group of Christians is lobbying the publisher directly to try and stop the book. Threats have been made.

    It’s time to take an actual stand and spread the word, or a good book will vanish and the new censorship will grow. We stop this kind of action early and often, or lose more than we can possibly imagine.

    Why they want it banned? Too sexy? Too gay? Too Demon filled? Sure. But mainly it’s that they think the book undermines Christian belief and they don’t want the competition.

    I pose this challenge to everyone that reads this and doesn’t want books banned.

    Get on the web and spread the word about this in ten places, asking others to do the same. Like Roaches, book burners hate the full light of day!

  2. This is hilarious. The previous comment blasts Christians for attempting to ban some book. But from the quick research I did, the book and its author do not actually exist. (I redacted the title, author, and publisher name while I contact the publisher for confirmation.) I found this same comment pasted word-for-word on other blogs across the Web that were discussing Banned Book Week.

    This infuriates me. I am a Christian, and I fully support Banned Book Week. As an aspiring Well-Read Man, I know that books, even those conflict with your worldview, are essential to have around. Some books are stupid, vapid, and all-around bad, but banning them just draws undue attention to them. So censoring books is wrong.

    But making up a title for the sole purpose of maligning a group you disagree with is insanity. And even worse are the “Roaches” that will mindlessly copy and paste “Juniper”‘s bilge, actually believing it to be true. If you want to protect yourself against such stupidity, read actual important books, including banned ones.


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