September 21 to 27th marks #BannedBooksWeek, an annual event that brings together all members of the book community to celebrate the freedom to read. I recently wrote a blog post discussing the impact of book banning on a parent's relationship with their children. Later this week, I will post a list of my favorite frequently challenged books on my blog. 

In the meantime, I wanted to share an insightful blog post written by writer Malinda Lo where she analyzes the most frequently challenged books. Her findings are sadly, not surprising. Books by writers of color and books featuring racial and LGBT issues are more likely to be banned than their non-diverse counterparts. The raw data is disheartening. Click here to read Malinda's article in its entirety at the Diversity in YA website. 

I am also celebrating the freedom to read by reading Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Aldous Huxley's classic Brave New World. I have had both on my e-reader for a few months, so I am excited to finally get a crack at these highly-acclaimed and frequently challenged books. I urge you to read a banned book this week! 

What will you do to celebrate your freedom to read for #BannedBooksWeek? Let me know in the comments below.

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AuthorNoemi Gamel