Unfortunately, banned books are not a thing of the past. Instead, books continue to be banned in the U.S. year after year for various 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. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth
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. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
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. Little Bill (series) by Bill Cosby and Varnette P. Honeywood
17. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
18. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
19. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin