Thursday, September 29, 2005

Me no read so much

As seen at Phantom's, below is the list of the 100 books that received the most challenges at libraries and schools from 1990-2000. Bold the ones you've read. It's sad how few I've read.

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Holy crap, why was this banned? For making kids cry?!
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna Heh.
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Blech. Hated it.
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee You want to BAN this? Fuck you.
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell Got this in college.
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Not yet--want to read it, though
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright

72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein Ah, Norma Klein. The dirtier Judy Blume!
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford

89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell I can't wait till AB can read this!
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier


Blogger LibraryCrunch said...

When I look at lists like this (and I work in a library, so I look at material challenges frequently) I often fail to see a reason for a challenge, but over time, the one thing that seems to stand out about the books is this: they make you think about things you may not normally run across or consider thinking about in your daily, humdrum, life. Some people do not like acknowledging the existence of an outside world.

8:20 AM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

I think you're absolutely right about that, EL.

8:43 AM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger ccw said...

I'm simply amazed that I am not psychotic or a nympho from reading all of the "bad" Judy Blume.

9:13 AM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Gina said...

APL, surely you meant to bold #7?

11:33 AM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Why would anyone ban Where's Waldo? (#88)? My only guess is that it's not really something you read.

"He's not even trying anymore."
-- Bart Simpson

1:55 PM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Susie Sunshine said...

Do so a certain number of libraries have to pull a book or is there a magical number of complaints a book has to receive on it's permanent record for it to be banned?

I'm lacking a power position these days and would like to apply for Head Book Banninator.

2:19 PM, September 30, 2005  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Hi, it's me again, random blogsearch girl, coming back to read more of your enjoyable blog : )

I've read about 1/3 of these books. My mom is a rabid anti-book-banning-librarian, who often encouraged me and my sisters to read from lists like this. She definitely wasn't into us imitating any "bad behaviors" exhibited by the characters, but reading about them was A-OK : )

11:00 PM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

Having read at least a third of them, I'm saddened that some people may never read them. Bridge to Terabithia? Loved that book. Sad but wonderful. I feel like I should try to read more....definitely not all of them, but I like that I can read them if I want!

11:49 PM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I've read 40 of them--when I found this last week on several blogs, I was surprised. I am not the kinda gal you'd think reads "Banned Books"--go figure!


3:29 PM, October 01, 2005  
Blogger Blonde Justice said...

I haven't read many of these either, but Sex Education by Jenny Davis was one my of favorite young adult books. I don't remember much except crying and crying when I read it.

8:27 PM, October 01, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

LOL at Blonde Justice. Welcome by, Jessica and Hh, and welcome back, Elizabeth.

Gina, I consider myself somewhat renowned for not having read those books... yet.

1:58 PM, October 02, 2005  
Blogger Gina said...

As soon as I posted that, I had a chilling remembrance that you hadn't read them yet, and that I had, for the umpteenth time, made myself look inattentive and stupid.

Ah well, wasn't the first time and won't be the last. :)

2:12 AM, October 03, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Hahahaha. You crack me up.

8:38 AM, October 03, 2005  

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