Tuesday, September 24, 2013

banned books week

This week is Banned Books Week where organizations like The American Library Association tries to put the spotlight on censorship and the ridiculousness that happens in our public & school libraries and classrooms across the United States.

This year I went through the lists of challenged and banned books to see how many of these I have read.  I learned a couple of things.
  1. People are waaaaay too sensitive.
  2. Censorship is alive and well in the good ol' US of A.
  3. There are just too many books on that list!
Some books on the list just confused me.  Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, for one.  A girl who sues her parents because she doesn't want to be a donor for her cancer stricken older sister anymore.  And it broke my heart to see Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic on there too.  Books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson should be required reading for teens, but instead they're being challenged or banned.  So sad.

Well, you all know how I love my lists so here's my list of books I've read that have been challenged or banned.  I got the list of books from ALA's website.  There's more, but I stopped at 95.  It was out of control.
  1. Beauty's Release by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  2. Beauty's Punishment by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  3. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  6. Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
  7. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  8. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  9. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  11. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  12. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  13. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  14. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  15. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
  16. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  17. Fight Club by Chuck Palaniuk
  18. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  19. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  20. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  21. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  22. The Immortal Realm by Frewin Jones
  23. The Sorcerer King by Frewin Jones
  24. Blood Memory by Greg Isles
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  26. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  27. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  28. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  29. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  30. Cradle & All by James Patterson
  31. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  32. Bone by Jeff Smith
  33. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  34. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  35. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  36. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
  37. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  38. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  39. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  40. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
  41. Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt
  42. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  43. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  44. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  45. Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  46. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  47. Forever by Judy Blume
  48. Blubber by Judy Blume
  49. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  50. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  51. Betrayed by PC & Kristin Cast
  52. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  53. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  54. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  55. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
  56. Sex by Madonna
  57. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  58. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  59. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  60. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  61. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  62. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  63. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  64. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  65. Story of O by Pauline Reage
  66. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
  67. James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  68. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  69. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  70. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  71. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  72. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  73. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  74. Cujo by Stephen King
  75. Carrie by Stephen King
  76. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  77. Christine by Stephen King
  78. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  79. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  80. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  81. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  82. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  83. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  84. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  85. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  86. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  87. Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  88. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  89. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  90. Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
  91. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  92. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
  93. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  94. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
  95. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
That's my list.  I guess the good thing about all these banned books is that it gives me a great tbr list for next year ;) 

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