Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday --- My List of Favorite Banned Books I've Read


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With Banned Books Week 2015 right around the corner (September 27 through October 3rd), I thought I'd share my top ten list of favorite banned books that I've read throughout the years... It was pretty tough deciding which books to select for this list. There are a few banned books on my list below that I'd like to reread as it's been several decades since I've read two of the ones I've mentioned.

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

4. The Giver by Lois Lowery

5. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume


6. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

9. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

10. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Share a few of your favorite banned book titles with me! I'm curious to see which ones you've enjoyed reading.

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  1. Nice! I've only read a handful of these from school years.

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  2. Hi! Banned books are always the best :) If you tell someone not to do something, they're definitely going to want to. haha. I loved Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. My TTT

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  3. Great topic for this week! I have only read a handful of these books and I'm ashamed to admit I read them for school. I'll definitely need to read more! I think I'll start with The Catcher in the Rye. :)

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  4. This is a great list! I'm actually reading The Handmaid's Tale right now for the first time... I've no idea why it's taken me so long to read it! Persepolis is a book I really want to read. Love your choice of topic this week.

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  5. This is a good list. I will confess and say i have never read any of them. So my TBR list just keeps growing.

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  6. I didn't know "Are You There God..."was a banned book. Interesting. I enjoyed that book as well.
    For my Top Ten Tuesday FREEBIE I decided to do: Authors I Have Discovered Through Goodreads (http://mooneyesrandomsmile.blogspot.ca/2015/09/top-ten-tuesday-authors-i-have.html).

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  7. This is so interesting! I never realised 'The Giver' or 'The Catcher In The Rye' were banned books - why?!

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    1. Apparently, The Giver has been banned because people think it "book supports euthanasia, abortion and infanticide." See the following link: http://old.post-gazette.com/ae/20040218lowry0218fnp3.asp

      See the following link for why The Catcher in the Rye was banned: http://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/academic/article/512353/Who-Banned-Catcher-in-the-Rye-and-Why/

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  8. It's hard to believe any of these were banned. It's sad. I've read all but Persepolis. I love One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Great list!

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  9. This is a perfectly timed list! I wish I'd thought to do something similar. You've listed so many great books. The Handmaid's Tale is the only one from your list I haven't read--but it's one I would like to read. All the rest I have read and loved. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson came to mind as I read your list. I'm always amazed at the books people want to ban. And the reasons are often so ridiculous.

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    1. Oy, I read Speak and loved it... I forgot to add this book to my list... I can't believe I forget to add it to my list!!

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  10. I had NO idea The Catcher In the Rye was a banned book. I haven't read any of the others off you list, but that one is awesome.

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  11. Great list! I've only read The Giver from your list. I've tried reading To Kill a Mockingbird, but for some reason I've never been able to enjoy books that feel the same as this. To me this and The Great Gatsby share the same feeling of 'slice of life' lessons and I tend to zone out unintentionally. It has great writing though.

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    1. I couldn't get into The Great Gatsby either!

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  12. Love the topic, and like or love all of these books! I teach middle school language arts, and I had a parent get upset when we taught The Giver, because of the scene where Jacob's father euthanizes the baby. I was flabbergasted--it's not like it was treated as a POSITIVE thing. Also, if you can't teach Newbery books--which is a children's award after all, not YA--what's left?

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    1. I'm with you about parents being upset about banned books. I think that books, like The Giver, help students develop critical thinking.... Many of the topics in banned books provide great topics for discussion amongst people, which is half the fun, right?

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  13. The Catcher in the Rye and The Giver are both amazing. They're some of my favorite books. Also, what is this Banned Books Week?

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    1. Check out this link to learn more about Banned Books Week: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

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  14. I love these. Lots of great titles!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2015/09/happiness-books.html

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  15. Great topic! I was looking at various banned book lists, and it's so funny how the majority of books I've really enjoyed/loved are on that list. I baffles my mind that books are banned because of specific content. Kids are going to find this content elsewhere. Might as well be in a controlled setting (think classes reading banned books) with conversation surrounding it. Loved your post!

    My TTT - http://www.bookishthingsbyalyssa.com/2015/09/top-ten-tuesday-10-classics-on-my-to.html

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  16. The only books I've read on your list are Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? and Catcher in the Rye. I hope to read some more soon! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  17. OOOH. I love To Kill a Mockingbird and The Handmaid's Tale.
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  18. These are all great, and I see a few I should probably re-read! Nice topic choice.

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  19. To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye are among my very favorite books. What a great topic for this week!

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  20. I actually really disliked The Giver. I hated where it ended! I needed more!

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    1. The Giver is part of a quartet of books... I haven't read all the books in the series, but presume that other things are explained in the rest of the books in the series. :-)

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    2. The next two books are more "set in the same world" than actual sequels, but her recent book "Son," is from the point of view of Gabriel's birth mom, and we find out what happened to Jonah and Gabe.

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  21. Great list! While I recognise many of them, I actually never read any of them! Though I do have The Handmaid's Tale on my TBR queue now; only took me how many years to finally get around to picking it up ;)

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  22. I'm happy to be able to say that I've read 7 of these, though I did dislike a few of them. Reading all ten would probably be a good idea, I'll get there eventually.

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  23. Great list and nice topic! There's a lot of books there I should have read by now, but somehow I just keep postponing them. I really want to read The Catcher in the Rye though, maybe even next month :)
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  24. I was searching for a list of banned books for the Popsugar reading challenge and this is perfect for it.
    Thanks :)

    Helpful list!

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  25. I always forget that some of these were banned!! Great list! My TTT

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  26. Great list idea!! I love Absolutely True Diary, Mockingbird, and the Giver. I really want to read Persepolis very soon.

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    1. Have fun reading Persepolis. It's really good. :-) Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment.

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  27. Great topic since Banned Books week is just around the corner. Which reminds me that I need to work on my display for the library. :)

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  29. This is a great topic for this week! I'm definitely due for a re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird, I loved it when I read it years ago in school!

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    1. I'd like to reread To Kill A Mockingbird again as well. Have you read Harper Lee's recently published novel, Go Set A Watchman? I have yet to read Go Set A Watchman yet due to the mixed reviews of it.

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  30. i haven't read To Kill A Mockingbird yet, but i just received a copy of it this week from school! our university is reading it for this year's "The Big Read"

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    1. Also, thanks for stopping by Wholly-Books this week and reading my TTT post and for all your lovely comments as always!

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    2. Have fun reading To Kill A Mockingbird... I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!!

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  31. This is a great list. I love many books on this list. My favorite is The Handmaid's Tale for sure. That is one of my favorite books of all time.

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  32. I've read 3 of these. :D
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  33. Doesn't it just make you laugh just a little about what books are banned over the years? It seems crazy at times and of course, if you say something is off limits I am most likely to want to read it even more. What a fantastic list. Thanks for stopping by my TTT this week!

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    1. It's always amazing to learn which books are banned... They make for interesting reading for sure. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!!

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  34. I've only read like one of these, obviously I need to up my classic and banned book reading game! At least I've heard of them all so I'm not shoveling more things onto my TBR pile (of doom). :)

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  35. I've read To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye, but not any of the rest. I never knew TKaM was banned! lol. Woooot?! Oh dear.... he he. Great list! x

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    1. It's always amazing to learn which books are banned... They make for interesting reading for sure. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!!

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  36. WOW! I didn't know that some of these were banned! GREAT LIST! and I didn't know banned book week was coming up! I've read a few of these and it looks like I've got more to add to my list!

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  37. This is a great list! I like a lot of those books, such as The Giver and The Handmaid's Tale.

    I actually have banned books socks. They have the titles of contested books on one sock, while the titles are blacked out on the other sock. They are kind of amazing!

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    1. Your socks sound amazing!! I like stuff like that. I have a banned t-shirt that I wear during Banned Books Week. I'll be wearing it again this year as well during Banned Books Week no doubt.

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  38. I remember reading several of these titles in school, including The Handmaid's Tale, The Giver, and The Catcher in the Rye. Amazing how blurred the line between "classic" and "filth" can be, in some circles! It's all too easy sometimes to take our freedom to read for granted, so it's good to reminded of the fact that many of the books we consider classics have actually been challenged or banned. Excellent list!

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  39. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird and Persepolis! Great topic :)

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  40. My favourite banned book has to be George Orwell's 1984 - or maybe Animal Farm.
    Thanks for sharing! Great topic!

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