Across the nation, libraries, educational institutions and media outlets are taking the time to spotlight Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates our freedom to read. If you haven’t been paying attention, it might seem as though the effort were a little too much. After all it’s 2014, who bans books anymore?

We currently have the kind of transformative technology that allows us to use fingerprints instead of passwords on our phones, lock our houses from abroad and even store a library of 3500 on our little hand-held devices, but we are not yet at the point where institutions have stopped banning books. In 2013, 307 books were either banned or challenged, highlighting the importance of the celebration of our intellectual freedom. In any case, we book-lovers will go along with any excuse to take a week to celebrate ideas, stories, creative expression, etc. in the form of books.

You will find countless lists in honor of banned books week on all corners of the Internet. At the risk of being redundant, I’d like to spotlight my top ten favorite banned titles:

  1. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988)
  2. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis(1991)
  3. Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1971)
  4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)
  6. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
  8. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  9. The Metamorphosis (1915)
  10.  No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre (1944)

Here are some other lists you might find interesting:

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2013

The Ten Most Infamously Outlawed Novels 

Best Banned and/or Censored Books