Banned books I’ve read

October 3, 2023


~ The Holy Bible
~ The Lost Books (in part)
~ 1984 by George Orwell
~ Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
~ Animal Farm by George Orwell
~ Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
~ To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
~ Lord of the Flies by William Godling
~ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
~ Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank/Otto M. Frank
~ Persepolis: the story of a childhood by Marjane Satrapi
~ Twilight (the series) by Stephanie Meyer
~ The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
~ Where the Sidewalk Ends (in part) by Shel Silverstein
~ Hop on Pop (and other Dr. Seuss books)
~ Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
~ Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
~ Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
~ Little House in the Big Woods/Little House on the Prairie (the series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
~ Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
~ Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
~ Goosebumps (series) by RL Stine

This is only a partial list…it seems to me that every book ever published has been put on the “banned” list, or challenged. Unless it’s a generic book like an ABC and 1, 2, 3 book – even then it could be challenged, depending on the author (Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, RL Stein). I’m sure I have more books on my shelf, or rented from the library that make the cut.

What are banned books?

“Books were being banned in countries across the world long before the first public libraries appeared in parts of America. Typically, books were banned on moral, religious, or political grounds. They were believed to be obscene or too controversial to be read by society. Although we usually think of classics like George Orwell’s 1984 when referring to books that were banned, there are still many books being challenged and censored every year. Books that explore race, sexuality, and new concepts and ideas are still often prohibited by certain communities, although they can easily be purchased in most bookstores. Even Pulitzer Prize winning books like Art Spiegelman’s Maus, world-wide bestsellers like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and household staples like Harry Potter have recently been challenged and restricted.” (Barnes and Noble)

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One Comment on “Banned books I’ve read

  1. I’ve read many of those same books, and because of that admission, my government name has been added to another watch list

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