Friday, September 22, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] Favorite Banned Books

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte asks:
In regards of Banned Books Week, what are your favourite books that has been banned or challenged?
My answer:
Reviewing the list of books that have banned or challenged will never cease to amaze me! I hear about parents challenging books on classroom reading lists all the time, but seeing them all in one place is a bit overwhelming.

I mean, just looking at the top ten most challenged books of 2016 is quite alarming:

Just a handful of my favorite books that have been banned or challenged include:

  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  • Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Christine by Stephen King
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Goosebumps series by R.L. Stone
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite banned book?


  1. I have read quite a few of those on the list, and I have read many in high school that are now banned.

    Thanks for your list.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Blogger Hop

  2. Last night as I was trying to sleep I thought of Eleanor and Park and wondered why I didn't mention that one on my blog. I really enjoyed that book and can't wrap my mind around why anyone would want to ban it. The Kite Runner is another really good one, and one of my favorites.

    Thanks for sharing, Erica! I hope you enjoy the weekend!

    1. Oh!! How interesting. I haven't gotten the chance to read that one yet. I'll have to check it out! :)

      I hope you have a lovely weekend as well!

  3. Where did you find this list? Brave New World is a banned book? That was the book that started me on my love of dystopia! It's an incredible book! Great post :)


    1. The American Library Association website has a bunch of lists of banned and challenged books, broken out by year and genre :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. I've read a lot of those books, especially A Light in the Attic. Great list!

    Here’s my Book Blogger Hop!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  5. Great choices. I've read loads of them and can't see why anyone would want to ban them, but then, I'm pretty anti-banning in general, so....

    1. Right?! Banning and challenging will never make sense to me, especially in schools! What better place to read books with "difficult" topics than in an educational environment!?

  6. I don't think I have a favourite banned book, I'm just incredibly proud to have read LOTS of them. :)

  7. I actually wasn't aware of many books that were banned, not even in school. I thought that was an oldfashioned type of thing. The way I see it, if you really want to read a book, you don't have to sneak around and try to hide it, even if it is "banned". Books are meant to be read, so why ban them because you don't like them? If the content is not to your liking (as a teacher or principal), don't read it to your students. But don't ban it so they will want to check it out even more. Kids are curious like that. How do you think Fifty Shades of Grey got popular?! 🤣

    My BBH-

  8. At the library where I work I always put together the display for Banned Books Week and it always kills me to see the reasoning behind some of these... I'm always surprised when I see one of the challenges against The Hunger Games series is that it's anti-family.

    1. Oh! That must be an awesome display! But how upsetting to have to read the reasoning... ugh! I read a few while putting together this list. Some reasons made me laugh while others made my blood boil a little. It's so frustrating!

  9. I have read quite a few of these banned books as well and I absolutely loved them and some of them are my favorite books too! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop from last week Erica.