Sunday, September 25, 2011

Banned Books Meme


While entering some of the giveaways in this week's Banned Books Hop I came across this bookish meme posted by Proud Book Nerd.  I thought it would be a fun post that I could share with you all. Enjoy! Feel free to *steal* the meme and participate in your own way.

Banned Books Meme

This is a list of the top 110 banned books (of all time). Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you’ve read part of. Underline the ones you specifically want to read (at least some of). Read more. Convince others to read some.
  1.    The Bible
  2.     Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3.     Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  4.     The Koran
  5.     Arabian Nights
  6.     Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  7.     Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  8.     Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  9.     The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  10.     Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  11.     The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  12.     Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  13.     Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  14.     Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  15.     Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  16.     Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  17.    Dracula by Bram Stoker
  18.     Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
  19.     Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  20.     Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  21.     Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  22.     History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  23.     Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  24.     Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  25.     Ulysses by James Joyce
  26.     Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  27.     Animal Farm by George Orwell
  28.     Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  29.     Candide by Voltaire
  30.     To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  31.     Analects by Confucius
  32.     Dubliners by James Joyce
  33.     Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  34.     Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  35.     Red and the Black by Stendhal
  36.     Das Capital by Karl Marx
  37.     Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
  38.     The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  39.     Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  40.     Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  41.     Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  42.     Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  43.     The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  44.     All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  45.     Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  46.     Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  47.     Diary by Samuel Pepys
  48.     The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  49.     Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  50.     Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  51.     Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  52.     Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
  53.     One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  54.     Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmu
  55.     Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  56.     Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  57.     The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  58.     Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
  59.     The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  60.     Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  61.     One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  62.     East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  63.     Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  64.     I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  65.     Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  66.     Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
  67.     Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  68.     The Talmud
  69.     Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  70.     Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  71.     Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  72.     American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  73.     Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
  74.     A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  75.     The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  76.     The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  77.     Popol Vuh
  78.     Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
  79.     Satyricon by Petronius
  80.     James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  81.     Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  82.     Black Boy by Richard Wright
  83.     Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
  84.     Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  85.     Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  86.     Metaphysics by Aristotle
  87.     Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  88.     Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
  89.     Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  90.     The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  91.     Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  92.     As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  93.     Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  94.     Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  95.     Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  96.     General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
  97.     The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  98.     Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
  99.     A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  100.     Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
  101.     Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
  102.     Nana by Emile Zola
  103.     The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  104.     Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  105.     Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  106.     Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  107.     The Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
  108.     Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  109.     Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  110.     ??? (One of them was missing from the list)


To be honest, I have no idea if I have read all of the Bible or not. I have never read it cover to cover so I can't say for sure that I have. I think the thing that surprises me the most about this list is not that someone has challenged these books (because there will always be people who try to control others in this way) but that most of these books are actually adult literature and classics. I would have expected to see a lot more teen and children's titles but since these are the most challenged perhaps it's just because these have been around much longer or are more readily available for people to read (and therefore complain about).

As for the ones I've read - The Handmaid's Tale is one of my all time favourite books as well as 1984 and The Communist Manifesto. I have read Brave New World twice and both times so bored to tears that I can't see what is so controversial about it. I can sort of see the point some may have about the others but  can't see why someone would try to ban them so others can't read them. .


If you haven't seen it yet, here is the Top Ten Most Challenged books of 2010:


And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group


Of this list I have only read Brave New World and Twilight. I also plan to read Crank and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. I'm not sure about The Hunger Games. I have always been very disturbed by the idea of willingly putting yourself in a position where someone in the *room* has to die (like...russian roulette is very very disturbing to me). I would certainly not try to take it away from anyone else because of that (and judging by all the comments in my giveaway hop it is very worth the read).


1 comment:

  1. There are a lot of really awesome titles on this list!!! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by!

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