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Banned Book Meme

Taken from tru2myart

The following is a list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000.

Post the list in your journal. Bold those that you've read. Put the books you plan to read in italics. Pass it on.

Tell me if there's any I absolutely must read!

(Some of them I read in high school but either didn't understand/finish/pay attention. Those will be bolded & italicized. :P)

"Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings." (German: "Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.")—Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821) (taken from the American Library Association website.)

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling (I've read the first and will read at least one or two more)
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine (many of them)
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (OMG *so* many times as a kid lol)
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (I like the name. I've always been fascinated by the Song of Solomon)
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 2nd, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Do they mean the where's waldo with..finding waldo?

Anyways..the rest of the harry potter series is good..I have all of them in hardback now for my kids whenever I have them.
The color purple is good..as is The Handmaid's tale..I read that one recently and it just..shook me to the very core in a good good way.
Sep. 2nd, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't think that was the same book as the Where's Waldo cartoons, but I might be wrong.

I'll have to add The Color Purple. I was wondering whether or not to read it, but I'll take your recommendation. :) Thanks!
Sep. 2nd, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
it has rape and molestation in it..just in case those things upset you. But I read it years ago during one of my reading frenzies
Sep. 3rd, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for the warning! I don't think it should be too big of a problem for me (unless it's *really* well written - then I might just have to sympathy cry, but I'd finish the book...)
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Sep. 3rd, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
OMG seriously? I hear about this stuff and I truly wonder what our world is coming to. *sigh*

*Off to find the topless woman*
Sep. 2nd, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
I just posted this to mine w/ commentary -- there are a ton of great books on this list!
Sep. 2nd, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Awesome - thanks! I'll be sure to check yours out.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
ok The Giver, by Lois Lowery...read that one! and Flowers for Algernon!!!! its a MUST.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! 'The Giver' rang a bell, but I couldn't remember anything about it. I'll add it to the read list. And as for Flowers for Algernon - I read a play in drama class; is that the same? The play didn't appeal to me, but if it's a novel, maybe I'll enjoy it more.
Sep. 7th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
I am really surprised that Letters From the Earth by Twain is not on that list. It was so hugely banned that few people even know it exists. Excellent book though. It gives an amazing perspective on organized religion and the dogma related assumptions society has made.
Sep. 7th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! I have to admit, I don't think I've heard of that one. I'll add it to my list of 101 books I want to read - if I can find it!
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