Sunday, September 24, 2006

Which banned book is your favorite?


It's that time of year again -- whether your prefer the phrase "Censored Books", "Challenged Books" or "Banned Books" it's time to review the literature in our lives that has faced scrutiny from the authorities, majorities, minorities, and various other entities.

Wikipedia has a long list of books that have been "banned". I've read many of the books on that particular list -- but they only make up a fraction of the hundreds of books I've read thus far. Some of these I read because they are classics others I read because I wanted to see what the hooplah was all about. Some I will read again because they are brilliant, others I wouldn't pick up to throw at an annoying cell phone user. But by reading these I have a connection to a larger world and I got to peak in to rooms that I would have never dreamed of on my own. They have made me a better person because of it.

And so I figured I would share with you -- of the books listed on the Wikipedia page -- which ones sit on my home bookshelves right now. I hope someday my daughter will read them (and many more), ask questions, seek answers and look into those rooms that others are too afraid to see.
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • America (the book)
  • Animal Farm
  • Are you there, God? It's me Margaret
  • Bell Jar
  • Bible
  • Black Beauty
  • Black Boy
  • Black like me
  • Brave New World
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Call of the wild
  • Candide
  • Canterbury Tales
  • Carrie
  • Catch-22
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth Children's Series)
  • Clockwork Orange
  • Communist Manifesto
  • Cujo
  • Dead Zone
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Dubliners
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Flowers for Algernon
  • Frankenstein
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • Gulag Archipelago
  • Hamlet
  • Harry Potter series
  • Headless Cupid
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Howl
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • King Lear
  • Leaves of Grass
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Macbeth
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Native Son
  • Nineteen Eighty-four
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Oliver Twist
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • The Prince
  • Rights of Man
  • Scarlet Letter
  • Scary Stories
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Torah
  • Twelfth Night
  • Ulysses
  • What's happening to my body for girls
  • Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Witches
  • Witches of Worm
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Wrinkle in Time
Since I'm sharing my little secrets, why don't you share yours?

1 comment:

E. Stewart said...

My favorite BBs are "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" and Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye." I read both as a teen and the books gave me a lot to think about!