banned books week

In celebration of Banned Books Week I have obtained this list of Banned and Challenged Classics from the American Library Association.  It’s unbelievable how some of these have ever been banned, especially my favorite ones.  But I can understand how some of these at some point in time had been banned.  *Cough* D. H. Lawrence *Cough* And yes, I love lists and crossing out each item.  So here is the list of the 46 books.  I crossed out the ones I’ve read, a total of 21.  The rest are on my reading list with the italized ones already on my shelf.  The four underlined ones I haven’t heard of before.  The ones with asterisk are books that are some of my favorite books ever.  Obviously, my reading list is full of banned books.  Good thing we’re at liberal times.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck *

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee *

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

Ulysses, by James Joyce

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

1984, by George Orwell *

Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Animal Farm, by George Orwell *

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway *

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell *

Native Son, by Richard Wright

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin

All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren *

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien *

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron

Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence

Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence

The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer

Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller

 An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser

Rabbit, Run, by John Updike


Have you read a banned book lately?


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