Banned Book Week

I have to admit that I am always surprised by some of the books that get banned. Don’t get me wrong, as a parent (and older sister who started reading YA novels because I wanted to see what my younger sisters were being exposed to), I agree that some books can be a little graphic in content, too scary for a particular age/maturity level and have some seriously foul language. That being said, I really don’t ANYONE telling me what I can and cannot read. Buzzfeed Books has a great posting here about children’s books that were banned, including Where the Wild Things Are (for promoting witchcraft and another posting I saw somewhere else today but can’t find right now said it was banned because it was considered too scary for young kids).

But the book that makes me shake my head the most is Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I think it would be interesting to know how many people who support banning specific books have actually read the books they are trying to get banned or if they are just basing their opinion on what someone else says about that particular book . Do you have any favorites that have been banned? Have you ever read a book because it was banned somewhere?