Today marks the first day AND the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week!

Books are challenged for a slew of reasons: language, sexuality, immorality, anti-church, anti-government, anti-adults, sentiments of witchcraft, you name it.
Why do we celebrate Banned Books Week? Well, we celebrate it in the hopes of raising awareness about these challenged/banned books (many of which are considered classics!), and also because we believe that people should have free access to and the ability to read whatever they want—each person should be able to judge what is best for him/herself!
For a list of most frequently challenged and banned books, click here.
Also, thought I would share some quotes from some of my favorite books which have all been challenged and/or banned too! I am a REBEL!

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." (Atticus Finch)
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself plainly when you have need of him. (Albus Dumbledore)
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“Make up your mind to this. If you are different, you are isolated, not only from people of your own age but from those of your parents' generation and from your children's generation too. They'll never understand you and they'll be shocked no matter what you do. But your grandparents would probably be proud of you and say: 'Theres a chip off the old block,' and your grandchildren will sigh enviously and say: 'What an old rip Grandma must have been!' and they'll try to be like you.”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind 

"It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened."
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
" 'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo.'
'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.' ”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


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