The banned book “Have you Read it?” meme

I fell behind on reporting what my Banned Book club was reading. Last time it was Lolita, but I didn’t do a write-up; this week we talk about Brave New World, which I will make certain to write about. Last week I noticed one of my Freethinker/Facebook friends had this list posted and I thought, “Better than nothing.” The ones I’ve read are bold, the ones I plan to read are in italics. If I’ve written anything about the book or author, a link is supplied for the hell of it. A lot of these I haven’t even heard of.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (one of: read Outrageously Alice)
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier (banned book choice)
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell (post titled Do Penguins even have a religion?)
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (picked for Freedom to Read Week 2009)
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman (About Pullman and a different book he wrote)
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (It’s been suggested for our book club)
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (Not a fave of mine)
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (another banned book club pick but I’d read it in school, too)
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak (as a kid, never did like the art)
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson (saw the film. I suppose that doesn’t count)
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson (saw this film, too)
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (to be discussed Thursday)
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane (I think this was also suggested for our club)
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume (Read more than a few times when I was a teen)
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (suggested for our club)
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey (surprised it hasn’t been suggested)
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle (Seriously? An Eric Carle book? Must check that one out)
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry (Read one of these once, forget which)
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (club pick)
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle (A classic from my youth)
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume (see Outrageously Alice link)
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank


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4 Responses to The banned book “Have you Read it?” meme

  1. tmso says:

    Cool! I’ll have to go through it later this week and see what I’ve read or haven’t read. Thanks for posting!

  2. 1minionsopinion says:

    At a Houston, Texas elementary school in 2003 “Draw me a Star” got dinged for nudity. (

    When the artist in the story is told to draw a couple of people, the artist paints them without clothes but with tits and penis. The shame of it. Heaven forbid children see illustrated people parts. Yes, far too sexual…

  3. Ivan says:

    #13 Captain Underpants is a great kids series…not sure how it relates to atheism, though.

  4. 1minionsopinion says:

    We’ll read anything that has been challenged somewhere for whatever reason. Perhaps I’ll suggest we plow through a few kid books after the next round. Maybe if we all picked one and then reported on it. Could be good for a laugh.

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