Closing books shuts out ideas.
Banned Books Week. Celebrate the Freedom to Read.

Banned Book Week is from 27 September – 4 October so a lot of people shoud pull out that dogeared copy of Slaugherhouse Five and read away. However, because banned book week starts later this month, a lot of Palin haters have taken to the blogosphere and posted up a list of books she wanted banned back when she was mayor of some city. While the accusations of her wanting to censor books and threatening the librarian who stood up against her may be true, the list isn’t. Sorry. It’s a fraudulant list and liberal blogs should stop posting it because you’re making the rest of us look like jackasses and I don’t like looking like a jackass because of one moron. 

For your reading pleasure, however, I’m posting a list of famous banned books in America. I shall note that these is not a fake list of Palin’s anti-first amendment ideology. I have provided a source of the list as well. 

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time
 by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 
Blubber by Judy Blume 
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen 
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite 
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck 
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers 
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland 
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner 
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch 
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman 
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 
Impressions edited by Jack Booth 
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak 
It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm 
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz 
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni 
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz 
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer 
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn 
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective 
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy 
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl 
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz 
Separate Peace by John Knowles 
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs 
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder 
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks 
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman 
The Pigman by Paul Zindel 
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl 
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder 
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume 
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

Some books seem to be missing from the list, but you get the gist. Again, I note that this is not a list related to the Palin allegations; however, you should note that these books were probably banned by like minds. 

Nothing scares me more than a person who wants to deprive people to alternate thoughts.


2 responses to “1984

  1. I’ve only read 15 or so of those 😦 I need to read more!

    I’m re-reading Ten Little Indians right now.

  2. Dear Friends, HAPPY HALLOWEN! A little late..

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