In honor of Banned Books Week kicking off this weekend, we asked some of our lit-loving employees to share their favorite banned books! Tomorrow through Oct. 2, various events will happen all over the country to remind us of the importance of these books, and that we have the right to read what we please. Some of your favorite classics and current faves may have been challenged or completely banned from a school, library, or bookstore. How each of us feels about literary censorship is a personal opinion, but I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone has a favorite book. What are ours? Meet our readers below!
An all around fan of Huxley, Fashion and Blog Writer Annie is intrigued by his storytelling in Brave New World. “Brave New World has it all — a dystopian portrayal of the future, love, sex, and even fashion!” says Annie. “Who knew 2540 would look so chic and streamlined?”
In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it’s the book’s sense of exploration that inspires Customer Care Team Lead Braiden. “This book inspired my lifelong dream to build a raft and sail from the source of the Ohio River in downtown Pittsburgh to the shores of New Orleans,” he says.
Harboring a penchant for strange romance and staggering prose, Fashion Writer Meggy adores Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. “Perhaps the greatest indication of my love for this banned book is the fact that my husband and I chose part of it as a reading at our wedding,” she says. “Fortunately, no one complained.”
Satire and adventure make one great story in Product Photographer Joseph‘s fave, Voltaire’s Candide. “What I enjoyed most about this novel is its satirical approach on the philosophy of blind optimism,” says Joseph.
Aside from being Susan’s Executive Assistant, Lauren is a babysitter who gets a unique perspective on children’s literature from reading Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the contemporary And Tango Makes Three by Justine Richardson. “I love And Tango Makes Three because it uses a charming, true anecdote to expose children to the fact that any kind of love is a good kind of love, and that there are lots of ways to be a family,” says Lauren, adding that regardless of when a book is published, some people “are bound to loathe certain works. But it doesn’t mean that they should be able to prohibit others from passing their own judgment!”
Shakespeare stirs up Lead Fashion Writer Sarah‘s love for literature. “Shakespeare is the man! Challenged throughout history on accusations of being too racy or violent, Shakespeare’s work has nonetheless stood the test of time.”
What’s your favorite banned book? Don’t forget, you can also talk about your most loved banned books on our GoodReads page!