After reading Mrs. Holpepper Bookworm‘s post about this year’s Banned Books Week, I decided to investigate some more. And to be honest, I was shocked by some of the books that were either challenged or directly banned from reading. I have been lucky growing up in a place liberal enough for books not to be banned (at least not in public). My literature teacher maybe wasn’t happy with some of my reading choices, but nobody has ever forbidden me to read a book. It is terrible that book banning is still tolerated in 2014, and some of the titles really surprised me. You can check out the full lists yourself right here if you want to…


Below I’ve highlighted the books I have either already enjoyed myself or books that are written by authors I’ve enjoyed before. Some of the titles were mentioned in various lists, but I’ve decided to name each one only once. The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Brave New World, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest… They easily belong to the list of favorite books of all time!

Books banned or challenged in 2013-2014

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  • The Pillars Of The Earth, by Ken Follet
  • Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
  • Looking For Alaska, by John Green
  • Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins


Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

harrypotterandthephilosophersstone1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowlingbrave
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold


100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

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50. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
68. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
81. Carrie, by Stephen King
82. The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain



What about you? Have you read any of these books mentioned above? What do you think about the act of banning books in general? Feel free to link me to your own posts about the Banned Books Week!