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List of 25 Banned Books

   September 23rd, 2008

I Read Banned Books buttoniLibrarian is one of my favorite blogs - they always have interesting or useful posts.

Last week they posted about a story from DegreeDirectory that lists the top 25 banned books people should read.

I've never really gotten in to banned books week, or read books just because someone else was trying to outlaw them. It seems so fundamentally un-American and undemocratic to me to feel you have the right to repress or discriminate against something just because you don't like it. So usually, book banning news just slides right by me, but since it's making national news, I gave it more attention.

In looking at this list, I noticed that the books that I've read I'd really enjoyed. Since I liked some banned books, it stands to reason I might enjoy others, so I am going to make a point of reading the rest of this list.

The full list (in alphabeticalish order) is below - check out the original post for descriptions and links to excerpts or full-text online.

  1. A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peck
  2. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  3. And Tango Makes Three, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  4. Annie on My Mind, Nancy Garden
  5. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Patterson
  6. Candide, Voltaire
  7. Fallen Angels, Walter Dean Myers
  8. Fanny Hill, John Cleland
  9. Forever, Judy Blume
  10. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  11. Harry Potter (The Entire Series), J. K. Rowling
  12. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  13. Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence
  14. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  15. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  16. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  17. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  18. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  19. The Arabian Nights
  20. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  21. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
  22. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  23. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  24. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe
  25. Ulysses, James Joyce

And of course, there's lots of other banned books resources online.

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One Response to “List of 25 Banned Books”

  1. Ellyssa Kroski Says:

    Thanks Brian! Glad you like the blog. Best, Ellyssa