institutions across the country have been celebrating Banned Books Week, which has been held annually during the last week of September since 1982.
A common mix-up in terms many people make this week is by commonly referring to books that have been challenged as being banned, which is an important distinction. Challenging a book means that a group makes an attempt to remove or restrict it based on their own objections. Banning, on the other hand, is a completely different story — when a book is banned, it is removed from shelves completely and censored by the government: meaning no one in the entire country can read the book.
We’re lucky to live in a country where no materials are censored, where books are often challenged but can’t ever be banned thanks to the First Amendment. So this week, we Technapexers and friends of Technapexers decided to peruse the list of books that have been frequently challenged in the United States and share our favorites with our readers as a celebration of literature and of National Book Month. Check out the videos, embedded below, in which we’ve shared our favorite passages from some of our most beloved novels, and talked about why they’re important to us. Join us in a celebration of literature by picking up your favorite novel this week, and share some of
your favorite passages with us!
Technapex senior editor Molly Gerth reads from To Kill a Mockingbird:
Technapex contributor Brent Hannify reads from The War of the Worlds:
Technapex contributor Tristan Kruth reads from Animal Farm:
Technapex designer Sonya Novak reads from Breakfast of Champions:
Chipist editor and WordPress extraordinaire Nate Adams reads from The Great Gatsby:
Technapex features editor Caity Doyle reads from The Catcher in the Rye:
Frisky Mongoose editor Quinn Wageman reads from The Fellowship of the Ring:
Frisky Mongoose (another fellow TriplePoint blog) editor Jesse Henning reads from Brave New World:
Frisky Mongoose contributor Erin Fan reads from The Awakening:
Chipist contributor Phillip Klugman reads from The Giver: