Books are challenged, and sometimes banned, for a number of reasons. People may object to the language used in a book, to depictions of violence or "mature" themes, and even to the politics of the author. But fighting against censorship is vital to preserving our First Amendment right to access information and to decide for ourselves what books we want to read.

To acknowledge Banned Books Week, the freedom of speech, and the brilliant authors and books that have been challenged before (and will likely be challenged again), we present The Ultimate List of Banned Books, and the most common reason(s) they were found objectionable.

Now, go forth, and read!

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