You might think banned books are a thing of the past, but that is far from the truth. Books continue to be banned in the U.S. year after year for a variety of reasons, including cultural insensitivity, depictions of sex, homosexual themes, etc.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was the most banned book of 2017 due to its themes of suicide. This list is based on the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Here are the 20 most challenged and banned books of the last 5 years.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to check these titles out, because there’s nothing worse than censorship and dictating what people can or can’t read.
1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
5. George by Alex Gino
6. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
9. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson, and Henry Cole
10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, and Shelagh McNicholas
11. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
12. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth
13. Looking for Alaska by John Green
14. Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
15. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk
16. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
17. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
18. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
19. Little Bill (series) by Bill Cosby and Varnette P. Honeywood
20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon