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This makes me want to be a huge book geek, inserting comments (I am refraining) and counts ( I am not refraining).  Also, for my own personal edification, I'm highlighting in red the ones I've seen as a play, musical, movie, or television show.  *sings*  I am I, Don Quixote, the Lord of La Mancha!


 List of the top 110 banned books (of all time). Bold the ones you've read. Italicize the ones you've read part of. Underline the ones you specifically want to read (at least some of). Read more. Convince others to read some.

#001 The Bible
#002 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#030 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#004 The Koran
#005 Arabian Nights
#006 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#007 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
#008 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#009 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#010 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#011 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
#012 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#013 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#014 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#015 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#016 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
#017 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#018 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#019 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#020 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#021 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#022 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#023 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#024 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#025 Ulysses by James Joyce
#026 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#027 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#028 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#029 Candide by Voltaire
#030 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#031 Analects by Confucius
#032 Dubliners by James Joyce
#033 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#034 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#035 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#036 Das Capital by Karl Marx
#037 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
#038 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#039 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#040 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#041 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#042 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#043 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#044 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#045 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#046 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#047 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#048 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#049 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#050 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#051 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#052 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#053 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
#054 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#055 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#056 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#057 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#058 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#059 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#060 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#061 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#062 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#063 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#064 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#065 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#066 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#067 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
#068 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#069 The Talmud
#070 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#071 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#072 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#073 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#074 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#075 Separate Peace by John Knowles
#076 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#077 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#078 Popol Vuh
#079 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#080 Satyricon by Petronius
#081 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#082 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#083 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#084 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#085 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#086 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#087 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#088 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#089 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#090 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#091 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#092 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#093 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#094 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#095 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#096 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#097 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#098 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
#099 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Emile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  • I have only read 22 of these books.
  • Another 20 I have started, and not finished (or don't remember finishing - no bennies of doubt here!).
  • I marked another 22 as books I mean to read - either because the specific book has been on my list, or because the author is one I have meant to read - or because I know I would enjoy it, just from the title  (History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - oooh, I bet that's yummier than Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War!).
  • I have either never heard of or have no interest in 46 of these books.
  • I have seen 18 of these books translated into other media (I admit, I was just being snarky when I indicated that I'd seen the movie of the Bible, so I didn't count it.  *g*)

Meta: my counts only equaled 109, so I had to go find the missing book - it was Catcher in the Rye.  Google is my friend!

My thoughts:
  • What exactly makes these the top 110 banned books?  Is it how often they have been banned?  That's what makes sense to me, but I don't want to assume.
  • These lists are always dull except while you are filling them out yourself.  They're still worth reading, though, because it could really tell you something about the listmaker - or at the very least, open the door on some great talks in which you can learn things about the listmaker.  Ah, books are a gateway drug to thinking, and to good conversations!
  • This tempts me mightily to make other memes with other lists of books.  Someone slap my wrists away from the keyboard, please!
  • I'm pleased by how many of these books I have read specifically for school.  Yay for my schools!  Yay for my teachers!
  • What fucking loonies banned Little House on the Prairie?

I think I have some reading to do, and some rereading to do. Time to try Catch 22 again, at the very least. Also, I have some movies to watch!

Perhaps I didn't get behind the meme so much as take it and RUN WITH IT!!
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