Slashdot pointed out a list from the American Library Association site of books that were “challenged” in the 1990’s. This means someone said “this book should be banned”. The list is the 100 most challeneged books in that decade. I didn’t actually read in depth to find out by whom and for what reason, so I can’t judge too much. Some I just don’t understand, like Shel Silverstein books, but some I can understand. Sex by Madonna may not be right for a 4th grade library.

So here are my books, and their ranking in that list: Update: Mike made the point that “my books” is kinda vague, but these are books I’ve read.

4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

One thought on “Banned books I’ve read

  1. “Here are my books.” Are these books you want banned? Ones you own that made the list? (My assumption)

    I loved reading Judy Blume growing up. All very good picks…except for Harry Potter. That’s probably a good pick too but I have never read them. Or #s 56, 57, 90, 33, and 38
    The rest I would not mind reading again. It’s been a long time.

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