This week, readers all over the U.S. are celebrating Banned Books Week by — surprise! — reading banned books. If you’re not already among them, well, you should be. Many of our greatest works of literature have been banned at one point or another, whether for explicit language, pornographic content, or encouraging paganism. Many were challenged for the simple crime of providing a realistic look at teenage life. They will all expand your view of the world, and each one deserves to be read.
Now that I’ve convinced you to try out a banned book or two, you just have to decide which one to read. My recommendation? Read The Satanic Verses. There aren’t may books that people are willing to kill over — plus the novel is Salman Rushdie at his magical realist best, effortlessly juggling the story of two Indian immigrants who miraculously survive their plane exploding above the English Channel with a series of fables about false prophets leading their followers to certain doom.
But if that one doesn’t appeal, there tons of great ideas on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve collected 22 of them below. Consider yourself warned: if you haven’t read these books, you should. There may come a day when you no longer can (hopefully not, though).
1984 By George Orwell
The Poetry of Shel Silverstein
Lord Of The Flies By William Golding
In Cold Blood By Truman Capote
The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson And The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton
Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck
Coraline By Neil Gaiman and Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi
Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut
Anything By John Green
Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger
...And Nine More