Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Banned Books Week: Top 100 of 2000-2009

As part of Banned Books Week, I thought I’d list the top 100 banned/challenged books of 2000-2009. Ones that I’ve read are in red. Lol. :)

Top 100 banned/challenged books: 2000-2009:

  1. Harry Potter (series). J.K. Rowling
  2. Alice series. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  3. The Chocolate War. Robert Cormier
  4. And Tango Makes Three. Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
  5. Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck
  6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou
  7. Scary Stories (series). Alvin Schwartz
  8. His Dark Materials (series). Philip Pullman
  9. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series). Myracle, Lauren
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Stephen Chbosky
  11. Fallen Angels. Walter Dean Meyers
  12. It’s Perfectly Normal. Robie Harris
  13. Captain Underpants (series). Dav Pilkey
  14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain
  15. The Bluest Eye. Toni Morrison
  16. Forever. Judy Blume
  17. The Color Purple. Alice Walker
  18. Go Ask Alice. Anonymous
  19. Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger
  20. King and King. Linda de Haan
  21. To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee
  22. Gossip Girl (series). Cecily von Ziegesar
  23. The Giver. Lois Lowry
  24. In the Night Kitchen. Maurice Sendak
  25. Killing Mr. Griffen. Lois Duncan
  26. Beloved. Toni Morrison
  27. My Brother Sam Is Dead. James Lincoln Collier
  28. Bridge To Terabithia. Katherine Paterson
  29. The Face on the Milk Carton. Caroline B. Cooney
  30. We All Fall Down. Robert Cormier
  31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know. Sonya Sones
  32. Bless Me, Ultima. Rudolfo Anaya
  33. Snow Falling on Cedars. David Guterson
  34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things. Carolyn Mackler
  35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging. Louise Rennison
  36. Brave New World. Aldous Huxley
  37. It’s So Amazing. Robie Harris
  38. Arming America. Michael Bellasiles
  39. Kaffir Boy. Mark Mathabane
  40. Life is Funny.  E.R. Frank
  41. Whale Talk. Chris Crutcher
  42. The Fighting Ground. Avi
  43. Blubber. Judy Blume
  44. Athletic Shorts. Chris Crutcher
  45. Crazy Lady. Jane Leslie Conly
  46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
  48. Rainboy Boys, by Alex Sanchez
  49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  50. The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini
  51. Daughters of Eve. Lois Duncan
  52. The Great Gilly Hopkins. Katherine Paterson
  53. You Hear Me? Betsy Franco
  54. The Facts Speak for Themselves. Brock Cole
  55. Summer of My German Soldier. Bette Green
  56. When Dad Killed Mom. Julius Lester
  57. Blood and Chocolate. Annette Curtis Klause
  58. Fat Kid Rules the World. K.L. Going
  59. Olive’s Ocean. Kevin Henkes
  60. Speak. Laurie Halse Anderson
  61. Draw Me A Star,. Eric Carle
  62. The Stupids (series). Harry Allard
  63. The Terrorist. Caroline B. Cooney
  64. Mick Harte Was Here. Barbara Park
  65. The Things They Carried. Tim O’Brien
  66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Mildred Taylor
  67. A Time to Kill. John Grisham
  68. Always Running. Luis Rodriguez
  69. Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury
  70. Harris and Me. Gary Paulsen
  71. Junie B. Jones (series). Barbara Park
  72. Song of Solomon. Toni Morrison
  73. What’s Happening to My Body Book. Lynda Madaras
  74. The Lovely Bones. Alice Sebold
  75. Anastasia (series). Lois Lowry
  76. A Prayer for Owen Meany.  John Irving
  77. Crazy:  A Novel. Benjamin Lebert
  78. The Joy of Gay Sex. Dr. Charles Silverstein
  79. The Upstairs Room. Johanna Reiss
  80. A Day No Pigs Would Die. Robert Newton Peck
  81. Black Bo. Richard Wright
  82. Deal With It! Esther Drill
  83. Detour for Emmy. Marilyn Reynolds
  84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove. Yoko Watkins
  85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. Chris Crutcher
  86. Cut. Patricia McCormick
  87. Tiger Eyes. Judy Blume
  88. The Handmaid’s Tale. Margaret Atwood
  89. Friday Night Lights. H.G.Bissenger
  90. A Wrinkle in Time. Madeline L’Engle
  91. Julie of the Wolves. Jean Graighead George
  92. The Boy Who Lost His Face. Louis Sachar
  93. Bumps in the Night. Harry Allard
  94. Goosebumps (series). R.L. Stine
  95. Shade’s Children. Garth Nix
  96. Grendel. John Gardner
  97. The House of the Spirits,. Isabel Allende
  98. I Saw Esau. Iona Opte
  99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
  100. America: A Novel. Frank, E.R.


ALA also has a list from the Radcliffe Publishing Course’s top 100 novels of the 20th century. At least 46 of these have been challenged or banned, maybe more. Here’s the list. Confirmed challenged/banned titles are in bold. Once again the ones I have read are in red.

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

13. Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp, by John Irving
38. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View, by E.M. Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
41. Schindler's List, by Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
51. My Antonia, by Willa Cather
52. Howards End, by E.M. Forster
53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger
55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz, by Toni Morrison
57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom!, by William Faulkner
59. A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster
60. Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor
62. Tender Is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe
66. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
68. Light in August, by William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove, by Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence

76. Look Homeward, Angel, by Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time, by Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, by Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
81. Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys
82. White Noise, by Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells
86. Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians, by Henry James
88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant's Woman, by John Fowles
94. Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis
95. Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread, by E.M. Forster
99. Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie


Several of these are sitting on my TBR bookshelf waiting patiently for me. A lot of the others are on my wishlist.


Read all about Banned Book Week (Sept 25th-Oct 2nd) HERE.


How many of these have you read? Are there any you really want to read?


Rhianna said...

I've read almost 20 between both lists. Some of these I am a little surprised to see even listed. I think the biggest shocker for me is that It's So Amazing is in the top 100 and it's companion It's Perfectly Normal. All I can think is it would be banned or challenged because they're books about human reproduction (& puberty) for kids.

I guess I never thought of non-fic as being something folks would ban. Must be that they both mention homosexuality. Since I used It's So Amazing to tell my 9-year-old we were having another baby finally I must admit it's super amusing. IMHO it's a very good book to help answer questions in a scientific but still sensitive to age level way.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite books EVER. Kind of shocking it's in the list. I can't think of a reason it would be banned or even challenged. Nice to see so many classics on here though.

Great post Amanda Leigh. :)

Trillian said...

I've read a fair amount of those listed. I must be some kind of rebel lol

Don't forget to link your banned book reviews on this weeks Read My Review

yllektra (force-oblique) said...

Wow, I must admit it still amazes me that in USA so many books have been banned. I am sure in Greece there has to have been some censorship but there's nothing like that. In fact, I'm not even sure if books were banned and which they are..which is sad!

I have read several of these books, although not nearly as many as I should or wanted.
I think the first must have been: "I know why the Caged Bird sings" which I loved!