“It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume

I read this recently and I find it really hard to believe that someone is hoping the desire to censor books is going to make her popular. I don’t like anyone trying to tell me what to think and I especially don’t like people who try to ban books. The phrase “book burning nazi” springs to mind. Many of these books are classics, many are classic children’s books/stories that generations of children have grown up reading and others are autobiographies. How can you ban the story of someone’s life? Just because you didn’t like it didn’t mean it didn’t happen, you can try to ban it but it still happened and people want to read about it. Some of these books below are on the list because of sexual content or personal views of the person who is trying to ban the book, so now we get back to someone trying to make everyone else think like them! Sorry dear, not going to happen. Have you not learned anything? If you ban it, they will read. They will read books they never thought of reading before just because they are now somehow “illicit”. So what you do by banning books is actually encourage more people to want to read them! I have to wonder also looking at this list if the person trying to ban them has actually read them all? I have my doubts. Most of these are already on many of the “most banned and challenged books” lists so it looks like a quick copy/paste job to me and no more thought went into it than that!

Anyway, here is a list of books to ban recommended reading list for you:

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

So there we have it, not a bad list of books really. I’ve read a lot of them but there are some on there that i will have to track down – thanks Sarah! Good luck banning the classics that people have been reading for 100+ years, yup most of those you can find free on the net, so good luck with that. Ditto Harry Potter. Way to jump on the “ban Harry Potter” bandwagon too. What people seem to be having a problem with here is separating fact from fiction. Harry Potter is FICTION, there really isn’t a wizarding school where they all zoom around playing quidditch on broomsticks (cool though that may sound).

Anyway, don’t forget to read some of these excellent titles in fact you can find quite a few of them in our Banned Books shop by clicking on the Buy Stuff link at the top of the site. While you’re at it, why not pick yourself up some cool “got banned books” merchandise from our Cafepress shop to show your support and celebrate these great books.