Banned Books

Censorship drives me crazy. As a result, I have this drive to read books that have been challenged and banned and talk about them. Nothing like fighting fire with fire, right? Here’s a list that I’ve been adding to as much as possible of banned books. If you know of any books that are missing from this list, please let me know! Thanks!

As per usual, I’ve bolded read books and italicized owned but not yet read books.

Arabian Nights
Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bastard Out of California by Dorothy Allison
Bummps in the Night by Harry Allard
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Feed by M.T. Anderson
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Metaphysics by Aristotle
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Can Such Things Be? By Ambrose Bierce
Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Blubber by Judy Blume
Deenie by Judy Blume
Forever by Judy Blume
Places I Never Meant to Be by Judy Blume
Then Again Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Awakening by Kate Chopin
Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Fanny Hill by John Cleland
Mommy Laid an Egg by Babette Cole
The Goats by Brock Cole
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Analects by Confucius
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Fade by Robert Cormier
First Death by Robert Cormier
I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
This Prison Where I Live: The PEN Anthology of Imprisoned Writers editor Siobhan Dowd
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Silas Marner by George Eliot
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
Secrets by Nuruddin Farah
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
Guess What? by Mem Fox
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Julie by Jean Craighead George
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Jumper by Steven Gould
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene
Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk by Palden Gyatso
Judge the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
Levithian by Thomas Hobbes
Jack by A.M. Homes
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
And Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Dubliners by James Joyce
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Phantom Tolbooth by Norton Juster
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Apt Pupil by Stephen King
Carrie by Stephen King
Christine by Stephen King
Cujo by Stephen King
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secret by Norma Klein
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories editor Charles Larson
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Monk by Matthew Lewis
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Sex by Madonna
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Neonomicon by Alan Moore
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Placco
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
…And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomas Rivera
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Always Running by Luiz Rodriguez
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Confessions by Jean-Jaques Rousseau
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
The Stoning of Soraya M. by Freidoune Sahebjam
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine 
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada by Zoe Valdes
Candide by Voltaire
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Pigman by Paul Zindel


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