Here is the list of banned books that every book lover should read.
1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov:
Despite the character being a paedophile, the language of the story is beautiful. It even becomes more interesting once we know how much the narrator manipulates the reader into agreeing with him, even though we know he is being ridiculous. Its a great book to read.
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini:
A sweeping story of family, love and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afganistan over the last thirty years. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons- their love, their sacrifices, their lies. It is a classic read.
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:
It's incredibly relevant to current issues. It's realistic and it has deep characters. It has excellent secondary plots that don't take away from the overall point. Instead, they enrich the main plot.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
It is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted: "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession."
5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
Compassionate, dramatic and deeply moving. To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of the human behaviour- to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humour and pathos. It is regarded as a masterpiece of American Literature.
6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell:
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children's book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green:
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. It is one of the funniest and incredible books.
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone:
It addresses themes of ignorance, intolerance and transcending the toxicity of others. It also has an interesting plot with an emphasis on the devolution of the mind of a 'madman'."