In Honor of Banned Books Week


I've always known that some of my favorite books were questionable. What kid doesn't want to buck the system and read something that is considered taboo? I know I was that kid. Always fighting the system, finding loop holes, being head strong and opinionated. Wait. I'm that adult too. hmm... Go figure.

I looked around a bit and found a list of the top 100 banned/challenged books. I decided to see how many I have actually read. I haven't read as many of these as I originally thought, which is prompting me to find the list of the "classics." I'm sure I've read most of them (and that someone somewhere has had a problem with their content).

The books in black bold I have read. I even added some commentary next to some of the books for your enjoyment.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling (seriously, I have never read these. I know, I know!)
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren (we gave out like 500 copies of this book at my school!)
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (I read the Cliffnotes version in school. Don't tell.)
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (LOVED THIS)
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier (sitting on my classroom bookshelf)
28Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson (in my classroom as well)
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney (also in my class)
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher (loved it!)
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson (seriously!? Banned?)
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (all time favorite)
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park (are you SERIOUS?!)
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
(okay, I can see this one being a problem in a MS library)
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George (kids love this one)
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner (also gave out 500 copies of this one to students. heh)
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank


Banned/Challenged books since May 2010 (not a complete list):
 
101. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
102. The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker
103. Forever in Blue, the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
104. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
105. My Mom’s Having a Baby by Dori Butler
106. Betrayed  by P.C. and Kristin Cast
107. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (another favorite. Strong females ROCK!)
108. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
109. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
110. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
111. The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn
112. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
113. Stolen Children by Peg Kehret (I thought this was good.)
114. Shooting Star by Fredrick McKissack Jr.
115. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (I REALLY want this one.)
116. The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
117. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
118. Push by Sapphire (I actually agree on this one being a little too graphic. It made me queasy.)
119. We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives by Paul Shaffer
120. Bone by Jeff Smith
121. Jubilee by Margaret Walker 


So, what are your thoughts? I'm still amazed that some of the books that I think people would object to aren't actually on this list. That's a good thing. I'm going to dig up the list of banned classics too, just for kicks. 


Mythological Mondays (12)



Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story. MM highlights all things myth related.

My Mythological Monday post is all about Egyptian Mythology! As I was stalking blogs, I came across this book mentioned on Candace's Book Blog. It earned a 4 star rating!

I love mythology, but it seems hard to find books that aren't based on the popular (and well known) Greek/Roman myths. So, when I find something based on Egyptian or Norse mythology, my interest is grabbed.

Song of the Nile is available from Amazon.com for pre-order (out October 4, 2011) by clicking here


Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra's daughter is the one woman with the power to destroy an empire...
Having survived her perilous childhood as a royal captive of Rome, Selene pledged her loyalty to Augustus and swore she would become his very own Cleopatra. Now the young queen faces an uncertain destiny in a foreign land.
The magic of Isis flowing through her veins is what makes her indispensable to the emperor. Against a backdrop of imperial politics and religious persecution, Cleopatra's daughter beguiles her way to the very precipice of power. She has never forgotten her birthright, but will the price of her mother's throne be more than she's willing to pay?


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