Banned Books Week

I have recently found that this is banned books week as designated by the American Library Association. I found this to be interesting and what was even more the book, the person was showcasing. It was an amazing and beautiful book about Disney princes falling in love with other princes and princesses falling in love with other princesses. I thought it was amazing to use this week to showcase these beautiful books with a powerful message. The ALA says that is what this week is about, bringing awareness to books that have been banned or challenged. Also, they say it is about reminding people that we will not have our right to read and write books taken away or controlled by anyone. I absolutely love this message and completely agree with it.  I was surprised however to see the books that were on the banned list for the last few years. There were the series hunger game and fifty shades of grey. Both of these I have read and hunger games especially I do not understand. To me it was a book about empowerment and perseverance. Overcoming oppression and overlords. Fifty shades of grey could have just been given a different rating for its explicit scenes but not banned. I really expected to see a different kind of book and not so many that I love and have read; there were a lot more than these two series on there that were not new to me. It is interesting to me to have this amazing week to showcase these books but to also see what American thinks should be challenged or banned. I think there should be more than a week devoted to these amazing series with beautiful messages, may be it should be changed to a whole month. Maybe our country is a lot more cynical and sensitive than we realized? That could be the reason for these books being banned or challenged. Thankful for the ALA and the people who run it to be able to keep a list of these amazing books so that people can go buy them to challenge the system.

What books were you surprised to see on the list? What books do you think should go on the list but are not?

Lets celebrate reading and writing as something as a beautiful and respected past time all should part take in.