It’s Banned Book Week: Has being a lawyer made you lose your love for reading?

Posted on 09-24-2014 by
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Once upon a time, in a land far away, I read all the time, and I loved it! And then law school happened.

Then, reading took on an entirely new meaning in my life. Every time I sat down to read, my brain went into overdrive and I couldn’t concentrate on the plot. While in law school, I started and stopped at least 6 different novels, but my nagging to-do list overcame my relaxation and I gave in every time.

After law school, I was invigorated to go-it again, but to no avail. My body is still on “law-school autopilot.” Now, I have a new sense of accomplishment, and I hope to tackle 1 book from the Top Ten Challenged Book list from 2013.

Below is the 2013 list from the American Library Association’s Office for Office for Intellectual Freedom. If you are not aware, the ALA compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Any suggestions about which book I should tackle first?

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