{Bookworm} Hello Banned Books Week :)

Image by Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved 2009.

I don’t hide the fact that I love books. I think they are filled with information and give people the opportunity to venture into unknown worlds, learn new things and most of all become more well-rounded individuals. Reading is about stepping out of the box, escapism and growth. Ignorance is a bad thing.

With that in mind, I give you Banned Books Week!

September 26 – October 3, I challenge you to read at least read one book on the list 🙂 Remember not all of these books have been banned, only some of them.

On that note, I encourage you to look at the list below and figure out which ones you have read (feel free to post your response in the comments.)

I did it too:-

I put in bold what I’ve read, I put in italics what I want to read and I put in the colour pink which books from the list I absolutely LOVE! Also a (*) means it has been “banned/challenged.”

Find out about the American Library Association’s Banned or/and Challenged Books here and find out more about Banned Books Week here.

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 are 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

Happy learning folks!

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Some random questions:

  • Where is Harry Potter? lol People were burning those…
  • Twilight? Yea, that was on the to “burn” list too…
  • I thought A Hand Maiden’s Tale was a popular book too?

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima.

Copyright © 2009 SashaH. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

  1. Actually, according to the American Library Association, not all of the books out of that list of 100 are banned or challenged. The list represents the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century, of which about half have been banned/challenged.

    http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/fr

  2. Let us not forget Amazon's past glitch with the LBGT books. I can't vouch for its accuracy, but someone once told me “The Whipping Boy” by Sid Fleischman was banned. Apparently, due to its references to the use of whipping boys in the 15th & 16th century. I actually found it at a book fair, read it because of the controversy, and thought it contained a great underlying moral lesson. Great post Sasha!
    Here's a link to books banned in the U.S. at one time or another. http://www.adlerbooks.com/banned.html

  3. I feel that my high school experience could have been greatly enhanced by the true banning of “A Separate Peace.” However, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” was fantastic. Bitter female leads FTW!

  4. lol, I really enjoyed a Seperate Peace!

    Their Eyes Were Watching God…eh, I think we have opposite taste here Sam!
    🙂

  5. Yea — the BBC has this list called The Big Read and they updated it twice
    — it's fabulous.

    I think I have a Facebook note with it, I should blog about it here too! 🙂

  6. I feel that my high school experience could have been greatly enhanced by the true banning of “A Separate Peace.” However, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” was fantastic. Bitter female leads FTW!

  7. lol, I really enjoyed a Seperate Peace!

    Their Eyes Were Watching God…eh, I think we have opposite taste here Sam!
    🙂

  8. Yea — the BBC has this list called The Big Read and they updated it twice
    — it's fabulous.

    I think I have a Facebook note with it, I should blog about it here too! 🙂

  9. Let us not forget Amazon's past glitch with the LBGT books. I can't vouch for its accuracy, but someone once told me “The Whipping Boy” by Sid Fleischman was banned. Apparently, due to its references to the use of whipping boys in the 15th & 16th century. I actually found it at a book fair, read it because of the controversy, and thought it contained a great underlying moral lesson. Great post Sasha!

    Here's a link to books banned in the U.S. at one time or another. http://www.adlerbooks.com/bann

  10. I feel that my high school experience could have been greatly enhanced by the true banning of “A Separate Peace.” However, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” was fantastic. Bitter female leads FTW!

  11. lol, I really enjoyed a Seperate Peace!

    Their Eyes Were Watching God…eh, I think we have opposite taste here Sam!

    🙂

  12. Yea — the BBC has this list called The Big Read and they updated it twice

    — it's fabulous.

    I think I have a Facebook note with it, I should blog about it here too! 🙂