yay banned books
thurs 4 oct 2012

Banned Books Week

Yay Reading! So, the eight books I listed the other day came from the Challenged Classics list, which was taken from Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels. In other words, of the 100 best novels of all time, 46 have been banned or challenged, and I have read 8 of those 46.

Here's a list that actually makes sense...

100 most frequently challenged books from 2000-2009

4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle

And then, if you want to look at the books that have been challenged every year: Frequently challenged books of the 21st century

These lists are interesting. Plenty of very popular books here: Hunger Games, Twilight, His Dark Materials, and Harry Potter... all made into movies. (I've read all but the Harry Potter books.)

And then there are the classics that show up over and over: The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, Brave New World, To Kill a Mockingbird. (of which I've only read Brave New World... and it's been a very long time since I read that.)

So much to read, so little time...

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