Celebrating Banned Books and the Right to Think

In honor of Banned Book Week, I have decided to go through a list of the most challenged/banned books and see what books I have read and which I have missed.

The bolded books are books that I have read, and the others are officially being added to my To Be Read list.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The by Mark Twain
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The by Mark Twain
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Awakening, The by Kate Chopin
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Bluest Eye, The by Toni Morrison
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Candide by Voltaire
Canterbury Tales, The by Geoffrey Chaucer
Cider House Rules, The by John Irving
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Back by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
Diary of Anne Frank, The by Anne Frank
Fanny Hill by John Cleland
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
Handmaid’s Tale, The by Margaret Atwood
House of the Spirits, The by Isabel Allende
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Jack by A.M. Homes
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Merchant of Venice, The by William Shakespeare
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon
Sandman Vol. 1, The by Neil Gaiman
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Ulysses by James Joyce
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

*This list of banned books can be found on http://www.randomhouse.com/highschool/calendar/september.html

It appears I have a lot of reading to do.

Out of all of the book on this list that I have read Handmaid’s Tale and Lolita are among my favorites.  Slaughterhouse Five and Origin of Species are both books that changed me as a teenager, and I love them dearly.

If you have read any or all of these books, please feel free to comment below about which were your favorites.


One thought on “Celebrating Banned Books and the Right to Think

  1. Reading, John Irving, “Prayer for Owen Meany” now, almost finished. have read “Until I find you” and “A Widow for One Year” by Irving, and “Cider House Rules” and “Setting Free the Bears” are the next on the list.


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