Banned Books Week runs September 25-October 1st and highlights the freedom to read. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness of book censorship around the country. Shelf Pleasure spoke to a handful of authors and asked them to share their favorite banned book. You might be surprised at what’s on the list.

From book reviews to new releases, here are this week’s Shelf Pleasure must-reads:

Banned Books Week
From Charlotte’s Web to the Harry Potter series, there are many beloved books that are banned in certain states. We spoke to nine authors who shared their favorite banned book. See their picks and tell us your top choice.

To Read or Not to Read?
To read or not to read? Shelf Pleasure’s quick take on Carolyn T. Dingman’s Cancel the Wedding….And check back soon for our new book review section!

Will Travel for Words: Show, Don’t Tell (Or Write)
Feeling burnt out, author Karen A. Chase takes a much-needed writing break—and rediscovers her love of words.

Old Hollywood Favorites
How classic films like Casablanca and the movie stars of the 1930s and 40s such as Clark Gable and Bette Davis inspired author Kelly Durham’s new series set during (you guessed it) the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Best New Books
Spice up your week with these hot new romance reads!




Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10

…was a summer must-read. We finally got around to it and don’t quite get the hype. It s hard to feel much sympathy for the main character who thinks she’s slowly losing her mind when no one believes she witnessed a murder in the middle of a luxury cruise. It took ages for something to happen and when the secrets are finally revealed it felt a bit melodramatic. Did you read it? What did you think?

Until next week, happy reading!