#94: Read at least 15 banned or challenged books.
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First of all, you should know that I’m rather opposed to censorship. Yes, some things are unpleasant. But, if you don’t like it, if you don’t approve of it, turn around and walk away. Don’t seek out the things that cause you displeasure, and hopefully, assuming what causes you displeasure isn’t something like toe socks, those things won’t seek you out either.
Books have been banned, burned, censored, destroyed, criticized, and challenged for centuries, and in setting out to make my 101 in 1001 list I made it a goal to read some of these books. What can I say, I’m a rebel.
For your enjoyment, here’s a short list of tid-bits about banned books:
- Both the Bible and the Qur’an have been censored and banned.
- Books that seem critical of the state or government are frequently banned.
- Children’s books that deal with death or angst are often challenged, probably because parents fear their children acting out what they read.
- A few of the most challenged authors since 1990: Judy Blume, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King and R.L. Stine.
- There were 405 known attempts to remove books from the public in 2005.
1. The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy – by A. N. Roquelaure (pseudonym for Anne Rice) [read: April ’07][about]
2. The Harry Potter Books – by J.K. Rowling [read: May-August ’07][about]
4. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – Gregory Maguire [read: December ’07][about]
5. Prep: A Novel – Curtis Sittenfeld [read: December ’07][about]
6. Go Ask Alice – by Anonymous [read: February ’08][about]
7. Lolita – by Vladmir Nabokov [read: October ’08][about]
8. Weetzie Bat – by Francesca Lia Block [read: March ’08][about]
9. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini [read: March ’08][about]
10. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle [read June ’09][about]
11. Julie of the Wolves – Jean Craighead George [read October ’09][about]
12. Druids – Morgan Llwelyn[read October ’09][about]
13. Lucky – Alice Sebold [read November ’09]