Daily Archives: January 8, 2023

Do you read banned and/or challenged books? Here are 50

Hello, Everyone!

I’ve been thinking about the banning of books again, and that there is a steady increase in the number of books people are trying to prevent others from reading. It seems to me that by this time there would be less of that instead of more.

Below I have made a list of 50 of the books I’ve read that are/were banned and/or challenged, although I not likely knew it at the time of reading. They are in no particular order.

  1. The Holy Bible
  2. 1984 – by George Orwell
  3. The Catcher in the Rye – by J.D. Salinger
  4. Catch-22 – by Joseph Heller (I did not finish this one but will try again later)
  5. The Great Gatsby – by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. Brave New World – by Aldous Huxley
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee
  8. Of Mice and Men – by John Steinbeck
  9. The Color Purple – by Alice Walker
  10. Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury
  11. Lord of the Flies – by William Golding
  12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – by Ken Kesey
  13. Animal Farm – by George Orwell
  14. Their Eyes Were Watching God – by Zora Neale Hurston
  15. The Bluest Eye – by Toni Morrison
  16. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Frank
  17. Heart of Darkness – by Joseph Conrad
  18. The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho
  19. The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas
  20. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – by Sherman Alexie
  21. And Tango Makes Three – by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson (picture book)
  22. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo – by Jill Twiss (picture book)
  23. I am Jazz – by Jessica Herthel (picture book)
  24. Skippyjon Jones series – by Judy Schachner (picture books; I read four)
  25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – by Mark Haddon
  26. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afganistan – by Jeanette Winter (picture book)
  27. The Adventures of Captain Underpants series – by Dav Pilkey (picture books; I read one)
  28. Hunger Games series – by Suzanne Collins
  29. Where the Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak (picture book)
  30. Where the Sidewalk Ends – by Shel Silverstein
  31. The Grapes of Wrath – by John Steinbeck
  32. Hop on Pop – by Dr. Seuss (picture book)
  33. The DaVinci Code – by Dan Brown
  34. A Time to Kill – by John Grisham
  35. Water for Elephants – by Sara Gruen
  36. For Whom the Bell Tolls – by Ernest Hemingway
  37. The Amazing Bone – by William Steig (picture book that received 4 honours)
  38. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Mark Twain
  39. Bridge to Terabithia – by Katherine Paterson
  40. Girl With a Pearl Earring – by Tracy Chevalier
  41. Invisible Man – by Ralph Ellison
  42. Gone With the Wind – by Martha Mitchell
  43. The Call of the Wild – by Jack London
  44. Charlotte’s Web – by E.B. White
  45. The Lorax – by Dr. Seuss (picture book)
  46. Harriet the Spy – by Harriet Fitzhugh
  47. James and the Giant Peach – by Roald Dahl
  48. The Giving Tree – by Shel Silverstein (picture book)
  49. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice – by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard (picture book)
  50. In the Night Kitchen – by Maurice Sendak (picture book)

Almost all of the above I have no problem with, although I can’t say I enjoyed all of them.

Which of the above books have you read? Do you agree with the ban or challenge?

To your knowledge, have you read any not listed here that have been banned or challenged?

Thanks so much for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂