I’ve read twenty of the titles on this list and been exposed of even more than that. Thirteen of them were read for school; two of them are books I have a deep personal attachment to (The Handmaid’s Tale because I love Margaret Atwood, The Perks of Being a Wallflower because it was my absolute favorite book from the time I was in junior high). I’m pretty sure that every book I have read that’s on this list has impacted my life a little bit, if for no other reason than giving me a greater insight into cultural references.
I can’t imagine not having access to these books. I shudder to imagine it, really. I think that’s an important part of being a librarian: the struggle against banning books. If I wind up working in an area of librarianship that relates to these texts (and even if I don’t) I will work my hardest to speak out about this situation. I owe it to the community I end up serving and the community of readers at large.