How Many of These Banned Books Have You Read?

Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past Decade

We are midway through Banned Books Week 2020 and this is a special year.  Banned Books Week is celebrating 20 years.  Skim this list and then tell me – how many of the top 100 banned and challenged books for the past decade have you read?  I’ll star the ones I’ve read.

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie*
  2. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher*
  4. Looking for Alaska by John Green*
  5. George by Alex Gino*
  6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell*
  7. Drama by Raina Telgemeier*
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  9. Internet Girls (series) by Lauren Myracle
  10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini*
  12. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*
  13. I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel*
  14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky*
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  16. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
  17. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  18. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  19. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss*
  20. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
  21. Alice McKinley (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  22. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
  23. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  24. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
  25. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson*
  26. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
  27. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  28. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
  29. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood*
  30. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  31. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  32. It’s a Book by Lane Smith*
  33. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
  34. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  35. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones*
  36. A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
  37. Bad Kitty (series) by Nick Bruel*
  38. Crank by Ellen Hopkins*
  39. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  40. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi*
  41. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
  42. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
  43. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  44. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
  45. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  46. Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine
  47. In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco*
  48. Lush by Natasha Friend
  49. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger*
  50. The Color Purple by Alice Walker*
  51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  52. The Holy Bible*
  53. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  54. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell*
  55. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  56. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
  57. House of Night (series) by P.C. Cast
  58. My Mom’s Having A Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler*
  59. Neonomicon by Alan Moore
  60. The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake
  61. The Giver by Lois Lowry*
  62. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank*
  63. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  64. Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle
  65. Dreaming In Cuban by Cristina Garcia
  66. Fade by Lisa McMann
  67. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  68. Feed by M.T. Anderson*
  69. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach*
  70. Habibi by Craig Thompson*
  71. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  72. Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
  73. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  74. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  75. Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter
  76. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  77. Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag
  78. The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
  79. 1984 by George Orwell*
  80. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  81. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  82. Awakening by Kate Chopin
  83. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
  84. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card*
  85. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  86. Glass by Ellen Hopkins
  87. Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesle´a Newman*
  88. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou*
  89. Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans
  90. My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
  91. Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack*
  92. Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie
  93. Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner*
  94. So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins*
  95. The Color of Earth (series) by Tong-hwa Kim
  96. The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter*
  97. The Walking Dead (series) by Robert Kirkman
  98. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
  99. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S Brannen*
  100. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

I have to admit that I’m shocked I’ve only read 38.  Of course, I’m also shocked that It’s a Book by Lane Smith is on the list.  The world is a strange, strange place.

–SueBE

2 thoughts on “How Many of These Banned Books Have You Read?

    1. Well, I’m a little red in the face since there is no star next to your book! Off to the library to request it. Thank you for writing Almost Perfect!

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