My word of the week is banned.
This is Banned Books Week. I highly encourage everyone to go out and read one today, and exercise those brain cells in new, expansive ways. Your brain will thank you for it. Two books from the list of popularly targeted books are in my top ten, all time favorite books. If you haven't read them, do so. If these don't appeal, check out this list of banned books.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
This book rocked my world. I've never looked at racism in the same light since.
William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.
A tour de force of characterization, setting, and skillful use of multiple narrative style. Sheer brilliance. 15 points-of-view, and it works! Stream of consciousness in it's finest.