Banned Books Reading Challenge

Some of my favorite books (Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings) are banned books. With over 11,000 books challenged since 1982, your favorite book might be added to the list someday. Does that make them more exciting to read? They say doing what you’re not supposed to just makes it more fun.

There is a list of 100 banned books on listchallenges.com. I haven’t read very many on the list so far, but I’m hoping to change that. There are a few I’ve read but can’t remember, so I’ve decided not to mark those off.

The books in purple are the ones I’ve read, and I’ll be marking off others as I read them. If I post a review for one of these books, the name will be blue.

Banned Books List
  1. The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Catcher in the Rye | J.D. Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird | Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple | Alice Walker
  6. Ulysses | James Joyce
  7. Beloved | Toni Morrison
  8. Lord of the Flies | William Golding
  9. 1984 | George Orwell
  10. Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
  11. Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
  12. Catch-22 | Joseph Heller
  13. Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
  14. Animal Farm | George Orwell
  15. The Sun Also Rises | Ernest Hemingway
  16. As I Lay Dying | William Faulkner
  17. A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemingway
  18. Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
  19. Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
  20. Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
  21. Gone With the Wind | Margaret Mitchell
  22. Native Son | Richard Wright
  23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest | Ken Kesey
  24. Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
  25. For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
  26. The Call of the Wild | Jack London
  27. Go Tell It on the Mountain | James Baldwin
  28. All the King’s Men | Robert Penn Warren
  29. The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
  30. The Jungle | Upton Sinclair
  31. Lady Chatterley’s Lover | D. H. Lawrence
  32. A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess
  33. The Awakening | Kate Chopin
  34. In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
  35. Sophie’s Choice | William Styron
  36. Cat’s Cradle | Kurt Vonnegut
  37. A Separate Peace | John Knowles
  38. Naked Lunch | William S. Burroughs
  39. Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
  40. Women in Love | D.H. Lawrence
  41. The Naked and the Dead | Norman Mailer
  42. Tropic of Cancer | Henry Miller
  43. An American Tragedy | Theodore Dreiser
  44. Rabbit, Run | John Updike
  45. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain
  46. Candide | Voltaire
  47. Sons and Lovers | D.H. Lawrence
  48. The Autobiography of Malcolm X | Alex Haley and Malcolm X
  49. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee | Dee Brown
  50. Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury
  51. Howl | Allen Ginsberg
  52. Leaves of Grass | Walt Whitman
  53. Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
  54. Our Bodies, Ourselves | Angela Phillips
  55. The Red Badge of Courage | Stephen Crane
  56. The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
  57. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male | Alfred C. Kinsey
  58. Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert a Heinlein
  59. A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
  60. Uncle Tom’s Cabin | Harriet Beecher Stowe
  61. Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
  62. The Crucible | Arthur Miller
  63. Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank
  64. The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
  65. Arabian Nights
  66. Gullivers Travels | Jonathan Swift
  67. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | Maya Angelou
  68. Madame Bovary |  Gustave Flaubert
  69. Moll Flanders | Daniel Defoe
  70. A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L’engle
  71. Bridge to Terabithia | Katherine Paterson
  72. The Chocolate War | Robert Cormier
  73. The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
  74. Harry Potter | J. K. Rowling
  75. The Giver | Lois Lowry
  76. Alice in Wonderland |Lewis Carroll
  77. The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood
  78. Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
  79. The Outsiders | S. E. Hinton
  80. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Mark Twain
  81. That Was Then, This Is Now | S. E. Hinton
  82. The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
  83. Charlotte’s Web | E. B. White
  84. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Roald Dahl
  85. The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
  86. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | C.S.Lewis
  87. The Wizard of Oz | L. Frank Baum
  88. James and the Giant Peach | Roald Dahl
  89. Grimm’s Fairy Tales |  the Grimm brothers
  90. The Little Mermaid | Hans Christian Anderson
  91. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark | Alvin Schwartz
  92. Winnie-The-Pooh | A. A. Milne
  93. Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse
  94. The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
  95. Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
  96. The Canterbury Tales | Geoffrey Chaucer
  97. The Well of Loneliness | Radclyffe Hall
  98. All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
  99. The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
  100. Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

You can copy my list if you want to keep track of how many books you’ve read. Or you can view the list at List Challenges.

Have you read any of these banned books and if so, how many?

(4) Comments

  1. Dani says:

    I didn’t even know that there was still such a thing as banned books! Banned where? In the US? Whatevs dude, I’ve read several on this list and will continue to read whatever interests me. Reading is about discovering worlds you knew nothing about, expanding the imagination, pure joy and entertainment!! Thanks for the article, I had no idea I was such a reading rebel, lol!!

    1. These books are banned in all different countries, some of them in the US. They are usually banned in schools because parents don’t want their kids to be able to read them based on content they feel is inappropriate. But I agree with you, reading is how you learn and grow. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Dianne says:

    I am surprised to see so many memorable books on this list that were REQUIRED reading while I was going through school. Many opened my eyes and my heart. Start reading!

    1. I know! There are a few that I know I read in school but I can’t remember them at all. So I’m going to reread a few.

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