Saturday, October 4, 2008

Banned Books Week

The 27th Banned Books Week: Celebrating The Freedom To Read

Read about it at the American Library Association (ALA).

I was tagged by Brie of Musings Of A Bibliophile for this activity.

How to play:

1: Copy this list.
2: Highlight the ones you have read (or at least remember reading) in RED.
3: Tag five people to play.

Here’s my pathetically short list.

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel KeyesM
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald DahlM
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier


Although I didn't tag anyone, I'm so pleased that Bianca and Kym joined in the fun. *grin* Take a look at their lists.

Bianca of Madcap Musings
Kym of My Escape From The Real World

And Amy of Amy's Corner Of The World too!


Christine said...

There's nothing pathetic about your list. You just read other things. =)

bianca said...

I haven't read very many more than you (I'll post them on my page) and the majority were from when I was in high school (don't know if it was before they were banned or because I went to a private school). Nowadays I just read other things, like Christine said ;-)

Carolyn Jean said...

Looks like you read all the exciting ones! And you know, I would have a similarly short list. What do people have against Cujo???

Brandy said...

I find it strange that a few of the books on the list were ones I was told to read for school! (A long time ago.) And I've read quite a few, but not a lot (24) of those.

Brie said...

I agree with Christine, your list is not pathetic, Jace. Thanks for playing along.

Cujo as in the crazy killer dog? I've seen the movie, but never read the book. How was it?

Melanie said...

Your list isn't pathetic at all. What I can't get over is some of the choices for the banned books J. I've read 25 from the list and some of them are childhood favorites. I loved Judy Blume as a kid. To Kill A Mockingbird is, I think one of the best books ever written. I re-read it every couple of years.

Kym said...

I just did my list here is the link

a lot of the ones that I have read are ones that were required reading when i was in school lol. thanks for the link, i know you didnt tag me but i thought it would be fun.

Jace said...

Ladies, a HUGE "Thanks" for trying to cheer me up over my list. LOL I think mine *may be* the shortest one of all (and I felt quite self-conscious about it) but it is what it is. LOL

Christine: I've never even heard of most of these books! In Malaysia, our schools stick to the trieds-and-trues like Anne Of Green Gables, Phantom Of The Opera, Black Beauty ... you get the idea! LOL

Bianca: Thanks for joining us! I saw your list. *huge grin*

CJ: LOL It does seem like I circumvented the boring-sounding ones and went straight for the heart-pounding ones, doesn't it? LOL Woooot ... Sex by Madonna. LOL Would you believe that my (lady) boss lent it to me? LOL The book was/is banned here, but she got a friend to smuggle it in from somewhere. LOL

As for Cujo, I think it's the overall darkness and grittiness, as well as the extra-marital aspect of the story that got it banned?

Brandy: Tell me about it! When I first saw this list, I immediately thought "what's so bad about Follett's Pillars Of The Earth and that Dahl book?"

Brie: Thanks for the tag! *grin* Yes, Cujo is that killer St. Bernard. I read it ages ago, so my memory's sketchy at best ... I remember it's dark and gritty, with plenty of (human relationship) drama. I read lots of older Stephen King like Salem's Lot and Pet Sematary. Oh man, these two were/are the scariest I've ever read and to my mind, vintage Stephen King. *grin*

Mel: Hey M. I remember you saying not too long ago that you re-read To Kill A Mockingbird ... again. *grin* I must check it out someday.

Kym: Hi, welcome! It's great that you joined in the fun. *grin* I looked at your list (and your blog) and they're great!

Amy said...

The fact that some of the books on the banned list shouldn't be is what's pathetic! To Kill A Mockingbird? C'mon! Classic. The Outsiders? Sheesh. And what has Judy Blume ever done to anybody to be on this list?

Jace said...

Hey Amy, thanks for joining us. :-D You're right - it just doesn't make sense why some of these books are banned.