It’s scary that a book published 75 years ago is so pertinent today.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I read George Orwell’s 1984 (Penguin Group, 1949) for the first time this year. It’s long been on my books to read list, but never made it to the top.

Perhaps it’s because of the world we live in today—not just the United States—that this book seems more eerily possible. Democracy as we know it seems to be threatened in a way I’ve never experienced in my life time.

I would never want to live in a world like 1984, but believe there are plenty of people who would like it to be a reality. And too many more who are lemmings and refuse to think for themselves and/or lack critical thinking skills

1984 is the most banned book of all time.

“George Orwell’s 1984 has repeatedly been banned and challenged in the past for its social and political themes, as well as for sexual content. Additionally, in 1981, the book was challenged in Jackson County, Florida, for being pro-communism,” according to the University of California Press.

Last year, according to the American Library Association, was a record year for book bans in U.S. schools and libraries with 4,240 titles targeted. This is a 65 percent increase from 2022 when 2,571 titles were threatened.

For those who haven’t read 1984 or if it’s been a while, I suggest picking up a copy—especially before the next U.S. presidential election. It’s about government control in an extremely sinister way that removes all personal freedoms.

If you ever wondered where the term Big Brother came from, Orwell coined it in this book.

According to the website Lexology, these are the Top 10 banned books in 2023:

  • Flamer by Mike Curato
  • Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  • Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • Push by Sapphire
  • This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.


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