Banned Books Week

Leah Courtney

This week is Banned Books Week.  I was interested to know that I've read quite a few of the classics that have been banned or challenged over the years:

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce 
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison 
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 
9. 1984, by George Orwell 
10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov 
11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 
13. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 
14. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 
15. Animal Farm, by George Orwell 
16. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway 
17. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 
18. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 
19. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 
20. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 
21. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 
22. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 
23. Native Son, by Richard Wright 
24. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey 
25. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 
26. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway 
27. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London 
28. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin 
29. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren 
30. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien 
31. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair 
32. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence 
33. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess 
34. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin 
35. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote 
36. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie 
37. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron 
38. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence 
39. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut 
40. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles 
41. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs 
42. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 
43. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence 
44. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer 
45. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller 
46. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser 
47. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

And the most often challenged or banned books this past year:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Reasons: offensive language; racism

You can celebrate Banned Books Week by reading one of these classic or recent banned books.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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