Monday, February 25, 2008

Banned Books Challenge


In honour of Freedom to Read Week, I've decided to embark on one final challenge for 2008: a Banned Books Challenge (BB). I've based my choices on a list I found at a Canadian public library's website. It turns out that I already have quite a few of the books on my TBR pile, and a lot of them will also count for other challenges. I'm setting myself a goal of 5 books for the year.

BB reading in 2008: (currently reading)
Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
Madeleine L'Engle: A Wrinkle in Time
CS Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
George Orwell: Animal Farm
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

TBR books that qualify for the BB challenge:
Note: Books in italics have been read.
Ray Bradbury: The Martian Chronicles
Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter
Stephen King: IT
DH Lawrence: Sons and Lovers
Madeleine L'Engle: A Wrinkle in Time
CS Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Henry Miller: Tropic of Cancer
Boris Pasternak: Dr Zhivago
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
John Steinbeck: East of Eden
John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Other BB books I'd like to own and read:
Note: Books in italics have been bought.
VC Andrews: Flowers in the Attic
William S Burroughs: Naked Lunch
Geoffrey Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Ken Follett: Pillars of the Earth
Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner
Victor Hugo: Les Miserables
James Joyce: Ulysses
Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon
Norman Mailer: The Naked and the Dead
Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terabithia
Jodi Piccoult: The Tenth Circle
Phillip Pullman: The Golden Compass trilogy
Annie Prioux: Brokeback Mountain
Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Alice Walker: The Color Purple


white rabbit said...

Kylie - I do wonder who banned some of these books and why. Chaucer? John Steinbeck? I know why the Soviets banned Pasternak but the rest have me scratching my head.

My favourite book banning was the South Africans under apartheid banning 'Black Beauty' under a massive misapprehension as to what it was about. It's about a horse dummies!!!!!


Kylie said...

Sounds like a classic case of not reading the book first. Bet they felt pretty silly afterwards.

I read that Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' was banned because someone was offended by the repeated use of terms such as 'goddamn'.

Speaking Up said...


I live in Morganton, North Carolina, and our local school board is trying to ban THE KITE RUNNER. If haven't read it, it is a wonderful book. Unfortunately, our school board has decided that it is "obscene and "pornographic." I don't think they understand the definition of either word, nor do I think they've actually read the entire book. None of the parents whose tenth grade honors students read the novel have complained. Ridiculous, isn't it?