Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Banned Book Week Meme: How many have you read?

Celebrating Banned Book Week 2008, here is the ALA’s list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-2000. How many have you read?

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.

My 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 <-- ONE OF MY FAVORITES
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 Keyes
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 Dahl
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


Naida from the bookworm

CarolynJean from The Thrillionth Page


  1. OMG, you tagged me! I am surprised to see how many of these books were banned. What are people thinking???

  2. LOL You're quick! I just posted it a little while ago and didn't get around to telling you yet! :)

    I figure it's a pretty easy one... and a quick way to raise awareness of Banned Book Week.

  3. Ooh! We've been tagged! Are you pondering what I'm pondering? *waits impatiently for Ana* :p

    Cool! I'll get right to work! *salute* Thanks Christine! :)

    And I echo CJ--how the heck are some of these books banned??? REALLY? (I mean I don't think any books--and I mean *any*--should be banned, but these are shockers)

  4. It's interesting to see what books were on that list and very shocking too. For instance Judy Blume...seriously??? She was a staple of my childhood. LOL!

    I've read 11 books out of the 100.

  5. I've read a few books on that list. A few were required reading in High School. My son has a bin FULL of Goosebump books! I can't believe those would be on the list. I don't understand the Harry Potter books, also. Why those and not ALL Fantasy and paranormal books? To me, it makes no sense.

  6. Oops, I haven't done my meme yet. But I came to wish you a happy birthday! I hope you have tons of fun. And some good presents.

  7. It's your birthday?! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

  8. Happy Birthday, Christine!

    A day late, darn it! But still, I hope you had a lovely birthday! Didja wear a tiara??

  9. It's your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you had a lovely day :)

    I'm completely gobsmacked that some of these books are on the list. What is wrong with James and the Giant Peach? Oh, and I loved Tiger Eye by Judy Blume.

    orannia *who is planning to scuttle off and see what books have been challenged in NZ*

  10. Hey Christine! Happy Birthday woman! I hope you have a great day!!

    Some of these books that have been challenged blow my mind. What are people thinking? Obviously I haven't read them all - maybe not even a 1/4 of them, but some are ridiculous!!! What's Happening to my body (for girls and boys)??? What - kids aren't allowed to know anymore? We should just let things happen and not explain it to them? Some kids are visual and need the books to help them along. Sorry, just a little disgusted! :)

  11. I sent you birthday wishes on MySpace. But... Happy Birthday!!!! *hugs*

  12. Happy Birthday! :)

    I've only read 26 on that list of books, most of which were while I was a teen! lol

  13. Is it your birthday today??


  14. Some of the greatest books get banned! I loved the HP series.
    I'll get my list up soon.

    Happy Birthday :)


  15. Wow!! So many birthday wishes!! Thank you everyone! You've totally brightened my day! =)

    MK:: You're not late! My Bday is today! I don't have a tiara . . . *pout*

    I'm giving a present to someone for my birthday. Come back and visit my birthday post that I just made to enter your chance to win!!!

  16. Whee!!! I'm tagged!!! Now I feel all loved! :D

    You sure posted a lot in one day...and all on your birthday! Happy B-day!!! :D

  17. Wow. You're list is so very impressive! *hangs head in shame* Thanks for playing!


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