I like to read… who am I kidding? I LOVE to read. If I have any addiction, it would be to books. I can’t seem to stop myself from buying books. At least now, I can manage to buy paperbacks instead of only hardcovers. This summer alone I’ve probably purchased 15-20 new books with no hopes of finishing them any time soon, and still I want more.
While I typically prefer Fantasy/Science Fiction, I’ll read just about any genre. In my library you’ll find Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, Ken Follett and Joseph Keller, Eudora Welty and William Faulkner, Christopher Moore and Neil Gaiman, China Mieville and Stephen King, Brian Jacques and J.K. Rowling, Gregory Maguire and Michael Chabon, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø, and Tana French and Dean Koontz. That’s just scratching the surface.
There are very few books I would refuse to read, and there is rarely a time I would favor censorship or out-right banning. The way I look at it, if you don’t like the subject matter, the language or plot, just don’t read it.
Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 is Banned Books Week. Reading through the list of books challenged or banned this year in schools and libraries, I was amazed and incredulous at the reasoning behind some the challenges.
I was not surprised to find that I’ve read many of these verboten novels. In honor of Banned Books Week, I’ve already started reading yet another challenged book: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
I’ll let you know if I feel corrupted afterward.